Windows 11: The Latest OS For Your Refurbished Device
In this article, we will explore the new features before explaining how to upgrade to Windows 11. We’ll also discuss what the upgrade will mean for refurbished devices and describe which devices are compatible with this software.
Windows 11 for Refurbished Devices
Here at Stone Refurb, we're pleased to be able to include Windows 11 on all compatible devices. Currently this is only 8th generation Intel devices and above, and certain AMD processors.
As an accredited Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher, we cannot install Windows 11 on any older devices.
Be careful if you are being offered Windows 11 on older devices, as Microsoft don't support it at the current time. Read more.
Windows 11 Features
Microsoft have released Windows 11 on 5th October 2021, with lots of new and exciting features with their latest version. With Windows 10 being released in 2015 its been a while since we've seen a new operating system deployed!
Microsoft has implemented lots of new and exciting features with their latest version of Windows. Here are some of the most noticeable tweaks that not only change the design but make using your device a whole lot easier.
The start menu has been moved from the bottom-left of the screen into a centred position. This clean and crisp menu makes a statement in the toolbar, grabbing your attention so that you know exactly where to go. The spacing between the icons has also been improved, meaning you won’t accidentally click on the wrong program at the most inconvenient moment.
While that start menu has typically been a simple list of programs, utilities, and folders, the new menu in Windows 11 takes a more dynamic approach. You’ll be able to access both recent and frequently used programs and files, making the menu more convenient for accessing your essential items.
Windows Vista brought us widgets way back in 2006 but they quickly fell to the wayside when Windows 8 rolled along. Under Windows 11, widgets are back and better than ever.
You’ll have access to a whole host of helpful widgets. From the news to the weather, the information you can have at the touch of a button is endless. These widgets are conveniently stored in one place, sliding in from the side of the screen so that you can retrieve this data without minimising what you’re already doing.
Microsoft has made multitasking simple for a long time, allowing us to have more than one window open in split views. The new Windows 11 window management tool takes this to a whole new level, allowing you to organise your programs in a way that suits you. The best part is you no longer have to mess around resizing windows or using keyboard shortcuts.
Snap Layouts and Snap Groups are an even more powerful way to stay on top of your to-do list. You can select a layout that matches the way you like, whether that is side by side or divided into quarters. You can also group windows that you frequently use together, meaning that you don’t have to open them one at a time!
The Microsoft store has also had an overhaul, offering an extensive range of new app and programs. It's been rebuilt for speed and simplicity so that you can quickly find and download all of your favourite apps. Microsoft has teamed up with third-party apps such as Disney+, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Canva, providing you with a great selection of well-known and essential apps in one convenient space.
Later this year, users will even be able to discover Android apps in the Microsoft Store and can download them through the Amazon Appstore. This brings the best apps from your mobile to your PC, including fan favourites such as TikTok or Khan Academy Kids. This partnership with Amazon and Intel using Intel Bridge technology is certainly one to anticipate!
Windows 11 Release Date
After hearing about all these fancy features, we know you’re dying to find out when Windows 11 is released. The good news is that Windows 11 has already launched on the 5th of October 2021.
As of now, Windows 11 is a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. The automatic update is being rolled out to eligible PCs in distinct phases and users will receive a notification informing them that they can upgrade to Windows 11. Microsoft estimate that it will be mid-2022 before all eligible PCs have been offered the update.
If you’re really keen to try out all these new aspects of the operating system, you can download Windows 11 directly from the Microsoft website and install it manually at no extra cost.
Can I Run Windows 11?
Before you try to download this operating system, it is important to check whether your device meets the Windows 11 requirements. Windows 11 is compatible with most leading brands including Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
Microsoft has released a list of Windows 11 supported Intel processors. This is a list of common CPUs used by OEMs that are compatible with the latest version of Windows. New Windows 11 devices must use modern device drivers which have passed the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program for Windows 11.
Microsoft has released the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. All current and future PCs will need to have the following to use this operating system:
- A processor of 1Ghz or faster with at least 2 cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC)
- At least 4GB of RAM
- At least 64GB of on-device storage – more may be required for subsequent updates
- Graphics card that’s compatible with DirectX 12 or later and has WDDM 2.0 driver
- UEFI firmware
- Secure Boot support
- TPM (Trusted Platform Module) version 2.0
- Display at least 9in at 720p resolution and with 8 bits per colour channel
- Internet connectivity
If you’re unsure whether your computer matches these requirements, Microsoft has created their own PC health checker app. This easy-to-use download confirms whether your device will be compatible with the new operating system, ultimately doing the research and checks for you.
Windows 11 for Refurbished Devices
At present, Windows 11 can only be installed on PCs that have an Intel 8th generation Core I series or above processor. Since many older devices don’t have this, if you own a refurbished desktop or laptop, you may have to wait a little longer to enjoy Microsoft’s latest Windows operating system.
Windows 11 is now available for suitable refurbished devices but there is no information from Microsoft if it will be able to be installed on older devices just yet.
The Windows 11 upgrade is a greatly anticipated update for Microsoft users. The new features reflect the role that PCs have in our lives, making using your computer simpler and easier for both work and play.
Whilst we’re excited to play around with the new changes, don’t worry if you are not able to get the new update straight away. Windows 10 will be supported by Microsoft until at least 2025, meaning you don’t have to rush out to buy the latest PC!