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by Peter Krass on 08/31/2021Blog Category: devices
Windows 11 is coming on Oct. 5, according to Microsoft’s general manager of Windows marketing, Aaron Woodman.
Not every Windows 10 PC has the oomph needed to make this operating-system upgrade. But Microsoft says at least 15 models do.
Microsoft worked with the suppliers of these 15 PCs, now running Win10, to ensure they can handle the OS upgrade. Here’s Microsoft’s list of Win11-ready PCs:
> Acer Swift 5
> Acer Swift X
> Asus Zenbook Flip 13 OLED UX363
> Asus Zenbook 14 UX425
> Dell Alienware x15
> Dell Alienware x17
> Dell XPS 13
> HP Spectre x360 14
> HP Envy x360 15
> Lenovo Yoga 7
> Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro
> Microsoft Surface Pro 7
> Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
> Samsung Galaxy Book Pro
> Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360
Beyond the list
That’s not to say these are the only PCs that can run Win11. They’re just the ones Microsoft is so far guaranteeing.
What if you or your customers have PCs that are not on the list? How do you figure out whether these devices can be upgraded to Win11?
You’ll have at least 2 ways, 1 of which is available now:
> You can check the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. (This is the option that's available now.) Then you’ll need to compare a specific device’s specs to Microsoft’s list.
> Microsoft plans to soon launch an app called PC Health Check. This app will show whether a particular PC is eligible to upgrade from Win10 to Win11.
Wondering what’s new in Windows 11? Check out the official announcement from June. And get ready for Oct. 5. (It's a Tuesday.)
UPDATE: Lenovo says all its ThinkBook laptops announced in late 2020 and early 2021 will be available later this year with Windows 11 preloaded. Get more details.