Will the shift to Windows 11 mean more e-waste?

With Windows 11 now here, there has been a lot of doom and gloom talk about the 2025 end-of-life for Windows 10. But between now and 2025, we first have to figure out what to do with a lot of computer hardware that can’t run Windows 11.

In my own home computer network — two desktops, two laptops and a Surface device — only the Surface can support Windows 11. The rest either don’t have a qualifying Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) or use a processor that won’t meet Microsoft’s requirements. My office isn’t much better: out of approxmately 20 computers, only two can be updated to Windows 11.

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