Microsoft Windows 11 is available now from Stormforce Gaming…
Microsoft Windows 11 is finally here and with the launch of the new Operating System, Stormforce Gaming have guidance for old and new customers on what to expect, what an upgrade to Windows 11 means for them and if their existing hardware will be compatible.
With the announcement of Windows 11, Microsoft provided information about the benefits of the OS to gamers as well as some specifics around the hardware required to run the OS.
We have condensed down the information we have so far to provide guidance on what systems will be compatible and offer an overview on how the benefits of Windows 11 will translate into your gaming, productivity and general computing experience.
Windows 11 brings a host of new changes to the user interface of Windows. Featuring a glass like window aesthetic reminiscent of the Windows Aero Glass theme from Vista, the new OS boasts a clean new look with transparency in open and overlapping windows. The start button and tray icons in the taskbar have also been centralised to allow for quicker access on wide screen monitors. This can be moved back over to the left hand side if you prefer and the Taskbar Settings screen allows you to control the way that the new OS presents your favourite applications.
Windows 11 enhances the way you multitask with the new Snap Layouts feature. You can configure your application windows in a setup that suits your preference then save it to make performing certain tasks much easier. Snap Groups gives you the option to switch between different workspaces as well meaning you can have multiple windows application layouts to cater for however you are using your system.
Desktops is a feature that gives you the power to change themes and appearances for different demands. Have an onscreen setup for every occasion.
Alongside the user interface, integrated apps and input features have all been overhauled to be powered by AI. This allows Windows 11 to provide you with news and information as you need it.
How about Gaming…
Gaming with Windows 11 will provide a cutting edge experience with a focus on integration within Microsoft’s persistently developing gaming ecosystem.
Auto-HDR is an XBOX feature that will automatically add high dynamic range (HDR) enhancements to games built on DirectX 11 or higher, even in games that previously only used standard dynamic range. This is a great solution for high end monitor users who want to experience a more immersive gaming experience even on titles which previously didn’t support HDR brightness and colours.
Direct Storage is an exclusive Windows 11 feature. This technology has been long anticipated and should take advantage of higher performance PCIe Gen3 and Gen4 NVME storage drives. Direct Storage allows your system to prioritise game data like textures and levels by feeding this information straight into your graphics card direct from your SSD.
Next generation consoles will include the feature too meaning that over the coming years, games will be developed with Direct Storage in mind so the latest games will certainly benefit from having the feature available.
XBOX Game Pass has seen further integration meaning it is part of Windows 11 natively. In addition to the incredible value that XBOX Game Pass for PC offers with a humongous library of quality games to play, the addition of XBOX Cloud gaming means that you can take your favourite games out on tablets and mobile devices too.
How to get Windows 11
Here’s how you can get Windows 11 right now.
- Purchase a new PC pre-installed with Windows 11 from Stormforce Gaming
- Purchase a Windows 10 PC that’s eligible for the free upgrade from the Stormforce Gaming website or one of our retail partners.
- Use the PC Health Check app to check if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade.
If you are an existing Windows 10 user, it is likely your Stormforce Gaming system will be ready to move to Windows 11. Use the Microsoft PC Health Check App linked above to check your PC for compatibility.
You may need Secure Boot and a TPM. some of our older or lower specification systems may not have these features and will not officially support Windows 11.
Your Windows 10 system should automatically present you with a prompt to upgrade to Windows 11 in the coming months. We understand that Microsoft plans to push out the new version of windows to existing customers via windows updates in a similar way to how windows 7, 8 and 10 upgraded over eachother.
If you purchase a Windows 10 system from us whilst we transition our range over to Windows 11, rest assured that your system will be eligible if it mentions this on the product page. You will see qualifying systems marked with this logo to make things clear.
How to check for TPM and Secure Boot
The most confusing part of the Windows 11 upgrade process for existing users is TPM and Secure Boot requirements. We take care of all this technical stuff when we build our systems for Windows 11.
If you run the PC health check tool and it doesn’t allow you to upgrade, you may need to adjust some settings. If TPM and Secure Boot are disabled then the compatibility checker will tell you that Windows 11 will not run on your system.
You can also check by typing System Information into your Windows search bar. The main page of system information will have ‘Secure Boot State’ as one of the items. If this is set to Off, you will need to alter your BIOS settings.
Next, expand the Hardware Resources tree to the left side of the System Information window and click Memory.
Find the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 State in the list of strings. Make sure its status is OK
If you have had a hardware reset or set your BIOS to default settings, there is a chance that the BIOS may need some configuration changes in order to run Windows 11.
If you have ran these checks and remain uncertain if your system will run Windows 11, please contact our service team for assistance.
Stormforce Gaming use ASUS Motherboards exclusively in our systems. Please follow the official support guides from ASUS to enable TPM on your AMD or Intel motherboard if needed. The Guide can be found here