Windows 11 requirements: What hardware do you need?

Upgrading to Windows 11? Make sure your PC is ready for the future.

Windows 11 requirements: What hardware do you need?

Launched in October 2021, Windows 11 is the most recent version of Windows operating system. Microsoft, which roughly follows a 3-year release cycle, is expected to unveil Windows 12 this year. However, the company seems to be currently focused on enhancing the Windows 11 experience. In February this year, it rolled out a major software update, dubbed Windows 11 22H2, bringing several new features and improvements.

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Rumours are rife that a new Windows 11 update may arrive later this year or in 2025. It is being said that the update may incorporate some of the features that were slated for Windows 12. Hence, there’s no clarity on when Microsoft plans to launch Windows 12. If your PC is still running Windows 10 or an older version, it would be worthwhile to upgrade to Windows 11, as it’s likely to stick around for a longer period of time.

Using PC Health Check app to check Windows 11 compatibility

Microsoft offers a PC Health Check app that can help determine whether your PC’s current configuration meets Windows 11 system requirements. After performing a check, if it finds that your PC is incompatible with Windows 11, it will show the message “This PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements” and provides a list of failing components along with a brief explanation. This way, you can upgrade those components so that Windows 11 works fine on your PC.

Windows 11 hardware requirements

Here are the minimum hardware requirements for installing Windows 11 on your PC:

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1. Processor:

1GHz for faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit architecture or system on a chip (SoC). Microsoft’s website has a list of all the compatible processors.

2. RAM:

At least 4GB RAM. For a fluid experience, you can install 8GB or 16GB RAM.

3. Storage:

64GB or higher free storage. It would be advisable to go for a larger hard drive or SSD of up to 512GB, as the Windows 11 operating system and its updates can occupy a lot of space. In addition, you need more space to store files, photos, or apps.

4. Security:

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0, UEFI firmware, and SecureBoot capable.

5. Graphics Card:

Compatible with DirectX 12 or higher with the WDDM 2.0 driver.

6. Display:

720p (HD) display that measures 9 inches or bigger diagonally and supports 8-bit colour.

7. Internet:

An active internet connection.

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Bear in mind that there are ways to potentially bypass certain Windows 11 requirements. However, proceeding with installation on officially unsupported hardware might lead to performance issues or a lack of future updates. If your PC is completely outdated, you can buy a new laptop or desktop that comes preinstalled with Windows 11.

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