Should Dental Clinics Upgrade To Windows 11?

Do you have questions about whether to move your dental practice from Windows 10 to Windows 11? If you do, you’re not alone. NOVA Computer Solutions has recently fielded this question from many dental practice clients.

Should Dental Clinics Upgrade To Windows 11?

Key Points:

  • Are you still on the fence about moving your dental practice to Windows 11?
  • Does your computer meet the minimum system specifications?
  • Does Windows 11 support the dental PM software you use?
  • What are the benefits after the dental clinic upgrades?
  • If you’re still unsure whether switching is best, let’s meet!

Do you have questions about whether to move your dental practice from Windows 10 to Windows 11? If you do, you’re not alone. NOVA Computer Solutions has recently fielded this question from many dental practice clients.

Like you, we’re all familiar with what happens when any platform gets an upgrade to the latest version. After the rollout, you start to experience bugs in the system, or worse, it fails. Before you decide, Dan, your Dental IT Guy, has some practical advice in today’s video.

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Does Your Computer Meet Minimum System Specs?

Before you can look at the new Microsoft Windows 11 operating system as an option, you must first examine your practice’s equipment compatibility. Often, a dentist may have an older computer they’re still using.

To ensure your device will work, here are the minimum system specifications required:

  • Processor – 64-bit at 1 GHz
  • RAM – 16 GB
  • Resolution – 1280 x 720
  • PC Age – 12-24 months old
  • Storage – 256 GB SSD hard drive
  • Display – 9 inches diagonal at 720p
  • Trusted Platform Module – TPM 2.0
  • System firmware – UEFI, Secure Boot-capable
  • Graphics – DirectX 12-compatible graphics/WDDM 2.x

It also needs mentioning; some 8th-generation and high-end 7th-generation Intel processors still receive support. However, the other issue is that 32-bit processors are not compatible with Windows 11 and Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7 operating systems. Should that be the case, you’ll need to upgrade to a new computer.

Does Windows 11 Support Your Dental PM Software?

On October 5, 2021, Microsoft released its latest operating system, Windows 11. Since then, there’s been a lot of buzz across the industry about whether or not existing dental practice management systems are supported. That has many dentists and dental practices concerned.

What’s the quick answer? It depends. Fortunately, some practice management software programs support Windows 11, and you can expect improved speed and performance. But only if you’re running on their newest or one of the latest versions of their software.

Also, there’s a better user experience and robust cybersecurity. However, when it comes to cybersecurity strength. Having a 3rd party cybersecurity choice like NOVA Computer Solutions increases the protection that an operating system cannot.

What Are Some Of The Benefits After Upgrading?

A new operating system for dentists and dental clinics gives users advanced features not previously offered that are long overdue. For example, now there’s support for touch screens and an updated user interface making it quicker and easier to find patient files.

Another benefit is that Microsoft has taken a proactive approach to enhancing security with Windows 11. According to the tech giant, this latest version of Windows was designed to protect and secure sensitive patient information and data more effectively.

With Windows 11, your staff can begin training to better understand the new operating system. Though there is more to uncover with Windows 11, dentists and dental clinics will find more benefits as they continue to explore the new operating system.

If You’re Still Unsure That Switching Is Best, Let’s Meet!

When you have a dental practice to run, taking the plunge into a new operating system doesn’t sound too appealing. But not sneaking a peak also has you curious and wondering. That’s how many of our dental IT clients feel.

The simple solution is to find a dental IT consultant who can guide you along. Together we will uncover the benefits and risks before you decide and will put your mind at ease. Let’s meet if you’re unsure that switching is the best answer.

Feel free to reach out to NOVA Computer Solutions for a consultation. Contact us today or call (703) 576-0956 to schedule a meeting time.

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