Long ago, Microsoft claimed that Windows 10 would be the end of that series. Of course, that didn’t happen, as Windows 11 was released in October 2021 as the latest iteration of the Windows operating system. It provided a more modernized operating system with many advantages over Windows 10, such as a more intuitive interface, increased security, and better overall performance. So naturally, PC users flocked to install it. Was it just as much of an improvement for embedded systems, though?
What Are Embedded Systems?
Embedded systems are small, low-power hardware placed into a more extensive system. These embedded systems have particular software installed onto the hardware in order to perform specific tasks. Thanks to their durability, embedded systems can operate in various environments, being able to withstand harsher conditions than most technologies. Embedded systems are widely used in industrial settings thanks to their compact size, low power usage, reliability, and efficiency. You can find a range of embedded systems at Things Embedded, from in-vehicle applications to edge computers.
Should You Use Windows 11 for Embedded Systems?
It is possible to use Windows 11 for your embedded system, and many people do this. However, that’s not the question. The question is – should you?
While there is no absolute, certain answer to this (as every industry’s specific requirements are unique), it generally is not recommended to use Windows 11 on an embedded system. One of the reasons is that Windows 11 is the newest version, which means it hasn’t had as much time to iron out the kinks as Windows 10 has. On top of that, Windows 11 is not specifically designed for embedded systems, unlike other versions of Windows.
Of course, all of this does not mean you definitely shouldn’t use Windows 11 on an embedded system; it simply means you should consider other choices first. Your particular project plays a significant role in which operating system you choose.
What Are Your Other Options?
Fortunately, there is an excellent alternative to Windows 11 for embedded systems: Windows IoT LTSC.
Windows IoT LTSC (which stands for Long Term Servicing Channel) is a particular version of Windows designed specifically for systems that require long-term support, such as embedded systems. Its benefits include tailored applications, high levels of compatibility, increased security, and intuitive management.
Windows IoT LTSC comes in two editions: 32-bit and 64-bit (much like other versions of Windows). It can be highly customized to meet your specific industry requirements. On top of that, Windows IoT LTSC is light, flexible, and has robust device management capabilities for easy device monitoring. It’s also easily integrated into current computing systems, so you’ll have no trouble with the installation process.
As you can see, Windows IoT LTSC is preferable for embedded systems as its design is more tailored for that specific purpose. So, while Windows 11 is an option, you will have better results when choosing Windows IoT LTSC.
Many people use Windows 11 for their embedded systems, but that might not be the ideal option. Before installing Windows 11, consider Windows IoT LTSC, which can offer better performance for your embedded system.