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Report: Windows 11 Causing Issues for One Third of Enterprise PCs

A report from Riverbed shows over a third of enterprise machines have issues with upgrading to Windows 11 because of system requirements.


When a major new Windows build arrives, there is always an element of risk installing it while it is relatively new. That is even truer of a new OS release like . If there is risk for individuals, there is a massive amount of care needed for enterprises before they install. Even then, things can go wrong. It seems that's the case with Windows 11 and enterprise customers.

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

Of course, it is still early in the update cycle, with plenty of companies holding off on the Windows 11 update still. Networking solutions firm Riverbed finds those organizations waiting may be making the best decision because its report shows more than a third of enterprise devices are still not ready for the platform.

Breaking down the numbers, 23% of those orgs meet 's system requirement but have chosen not to, while 12% are not system compatible. System requirements were a hot topic leading up to the release of Windows 11. Microsoft demands TPM 2.0 security and certain processor hardware.


Microsoft's full hardware requirements for Windows 11 are:

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

TPM 2.0 seems to be the problem for those enterprise machines that are obsolete. This was expected to happen because many enterprise PCs are older. Riverbed also finds that around 20% of all machines will need extra storage to accommodate the 64GB Windows 11 needs to upgrade/migrate.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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