The Windows 11 (opens in new tab) requirements are not absurd, but they are worth paying attention to if your PC is several years old. Those installations may run into problems with the new operating system and may require a minor BIOS tweak before Microsoft lets you install Windows 11.
Until Microsoft decides to end the offer, Windows 11 will remain a free upgrade for anyone who meets the requirements and already owns Windows 10. But Microsoft says it will support Windows 10 with updates and security patches until 2025, so wait with upgrading is still a safe bet. option.
Windows 11 has received several updates since its launch in October 2021, but Some of them (opens in new tab) have made it so impressive that you have to drop everything and smash the upgrade button. That said, features like Instant storage (opens in new tab)making game load times super fast is coming and could become a compelling reason to make the trade.
Here are all the Windows 11 requirements you need to check before upgrading.
Windows 11 Requirements
The Windows 11 minimum system requirements (opens in new tab) are the bottom of what you need to run it successfully. As with all minimum requirements, you should aim to exceed, not meet, this goal. Chances are, if your PC looks like the system described below, Windows 11 is struggling to run smoothly.
- PROCESSOR: 1GHz or faster with two or more cores on one supported 64-bit processor (opens in new tab) or system on a chip (SoC)
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64 GB or more
- System firmware (BIOS): UEFI, Secure boot (opens in new tab) fit
- RPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2. More on this below
- Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or higher with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: 720p display or more, 9-inch diagonal, 8 bits per color channel
- Internet and Microsoft account: Windows 11 requires an internet connection to install
How to check if your PC meets Windows 11 requirements
Microsoft has a tool that does not require you to examine your PC’s specs to see if it is compatible with Windows 11 or not. It’s called PC Health Check and you can run it to find out if you can upgrade or not. You can download it from microsoft free (opens in new tab).
PC Health Check is easy to use. Once you download and install it, run the program and click “Check Now” at the top. PC Health Check will run through your system and tell you if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 11. If it doesn’t, it will give you a list of reasons why it doesn’t, which you may be able to fix yourself.
What is TPM?
The most confusing Windows 11 requirement is TPM 2.0 (opens in new tab), or Trusted Platform Module version 2.0. It is a security feature associated with your PC’s motherboard. Most pre-built PCs have this enabled by default, but if you built your own PC or got it from a PC builder, you may need to enable it yourself.
PC Health Check will let you know if you have enabled TPM 2.0 or not. You can also check by pressing Windows + R and typing tpm.msc, and press Enter.
Microsoft published a guide (opens in new tab) on how to enable it in your PC’s BIOS settings. If you’ve never messed with your BIOS, carefully follow the instructions for your specific motherboard brand. And if it’s not available on your hardware, unfortunately you’ll need to consider upgrading your PCs motherboard (opens in new tab).