Report: Windows 11 causing problems for a third of business PCs


When a new major version of Windows arrives, there’s always an element of risk in installing it when it’s relatively new. This is even more true for a new version of operating system like Windows 11. If there is a risk for individuals, companies should be very careful before proceeding with the installation. Even then, things can go wrong. This seems to be the case with Windows 11 and enterprise clients.

While Windows 11 has been available for about 6 months, enterprise customers need time to roll out a mass update across an entire organization. A report from Riverbed highlights the status of the upgrade process so far.

Of course, it’s still early in the update cycle, with many companies still holding back on updating Windows 11. Networking solutions company Riverbed believes that waiting organizations might be making the best decision, its report shows that more than a third of enterprise devices are still not ready for the platform.


Breaking down the numbers, 23% of these organizations meet Microsoft’s system requirements but have chosen not to, while 12% are not compliant with the system. System requirements were a hot topic before the release of Windows 11. Microsoft requires TPM 2.0 security and certain processors.


Microsoft’s full hardware requirements for Windows 11 are as follows:

  • A modern 64-bit processor. Windows 11 is only a 64-bit platform, with no 32-bit version.
  • 1 Ghz clock speed
  • 2 cores
  • 64 GB disk
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • UEFI, Secure Book and TPM 2.0 compatible
  • 9-inch display with 1366×768 resolution
  • DirectX 12 / WDDM 2.x compatible graphics card

TPM 2.0 seems to be the problem for outdated enterprise machines. This was expected to happen as many business PCs are older. Riverbed also finds that approximately 20% of all machines will require additional storage space to meet Windows 11 64GB upgrade/migration requirements.

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