Windows 10 was supposed to be the last version of Windows because Windows 10 would get new frequent updates; Microsoft thought it would never release another version of Windows. Lately, it seems to be confirmed by various news outlets and Microsoft that Windows 11 will come out to replace Windows 10, but the release date is still to be confirmed. Nonetheless, the beta version of Windows 11 will become available for Windows Insiders (users who sign up to download experiment versions of Windows upgrade) on June 28th of 2021. Windows 11 is going to be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users.
There is one problem, the requirements for Windows 11 upgrade or the installation of Windows 11 are more demanding than Windows 10. The minimum requirements for Windows 11 installation are 64bit CPU with 1GHz or faster, a graphics card that supports DirectX 12, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage at the least, UEFI capable, TPM version 2.0, and Internet connection ready. The most troublesome requirements for upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 are the required graphics cards and TPM. A Graphics card could be expensive if one has to upgrade to a DirectX 12 compatible one. Many gamers who customized their PC for Windows 10 may not have TPM installed.
Now, onto my situation. I got one of those high-end gaming desktops. The graphics card is one of those top-notch ones; this means I do not have to worry about getting a DirectX 12 compatible one since mine is already so compatible with DirectX 12. The desktop got so much RAM which makes the 4GB of RAM requirement seem silly. The real problem which stands in the way of having my gaming desktop to be able to upgrade to Windows 11 is that it needs a TPM (Trusted Platform Module). Some high-end desktop does come with TPM 2.0 ready. My laptop does have it. For some strange reasons, my gaming desktop’s motherboard supports TPM but does not have it installed.
I want to upgrade to Windows 11 for my gaming desktop. So, I go looking everywhere online for a TPM (2.0 version). Unfortunately, everywhere I look, it seems the TPM that is compatible with my motherboard is out of stock. On Amazon, it is out of stock. On NewEgg, it is out of stock. Microcenter doesn’t have it. Google search for dubious online shops has me scratching my head because even these weird places don’t have this TPM module. eBay got the TPM I want, but it cost four times as much as the original listed price. As of right now, I’d add the TPM that is out of stock on Amazon to my Wish List and just hoping that it will become available someday.
In conclusion, I don’t think a free upgrade of Windows 10 to Windows 11 will be a walk in the park for some Windows 10 users. I want to upgrade my Windows 10 desktop to Windows 11 for various reasons — including better security updates, better User Interface, and newer features. For now, I need to get that TPM so I could just plug it onto my motherboard for my desktop to be able to update to Windows 11. Crossing my fingers, and will search for this TPM online again next time.