Windows 11 System Requirements: Can Your PC Run it?

With Windows 11 on the horizon, you may be wondering if your current computer and hardware will be able to run Windows 11. For the most part, it should be an easy transfer over since the system requirements aren’t all that different from Windows 10. But this guide will go over all of the required changes in detail so that those of you with older hardware can make an informed decision on if Windows 11 is right for you.  

Main Windows 11 System Requirement Changes

  1. 32-bit systems are about to be a thing of the past. Windows 11 will require a two-core 64-bit CPU. But there will be some exceptions to this rule, with particularly old CPUs from both Intel and AMD not being supported. I recommend looking up your specific model of CPU and seeing if it is on Microsoft’s compatible CPU list if you are running an older system. 
  2. You’ll need a tad bit more RAM with the requirement jumping up from 2GB to 4GB. Though I definitely recommend having at least 8GB for a better user experience. 
  3. Windows 11 is even bigger and beefier in terms of required drive space. Required storage space has gone from 16GB to 64GB. 
  4. Windows 11 will no longer let you get away with using a monitor below 720p resolution. Your display will also have to be at least 9” big. With the vast majority of displays being at least 1080p HD and 20” in size, this shouldn’t be an issue unless you’re rocking a very old monitor. 
  5. This next change is a bit on the tricky side and will require checking your specs closely to make sure your system is Windows 11 ready. Your CPU will have to have a TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) chip. This is part of Microsoft’s aim of making Windows 11 much more secure. You’ll also need a motherboard that supports UEFI secure booting. Now, most modern CPUs and motherboards have these features. However, older Intel 8th generation and AMD Zen 2 chips don’t have the required TPM chips. As of right now, there is no published workaround, so users will have to upgrade to a processor that has TPM 2.0 and a motherboard that supports UEFI safe booting to use Windows 11.

How Can I Tell if My System is Compatible with Windows 11?

The easiest way is to use Microsoft’s Windows 11 compatibility checker, but they recently took it down to do some work on it since users were getting wonky results. We can expect that tool to come back here in a couple of months as the roll-out for Windows 11 draws closer. 

In the meantime, you can simply check your PC specs manually and line them up against Microsoft’s minimum spec requirement list. If you’re unsure of how to get your PC specs, I have a comprehensive guide that you read right here that goes over all of the ins and outs.

When is Windows 11 Coming Out?

An official release date is yet to be announced from Microsoft, but estimates place an expected timeline of Late 2021-Early 2022. Keep an eye out on this site and article for updates regarding that timeline, as we will add information as it is released. 

Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements

The following minimum and requirements are subject to change as the release of Windows 11 draws closer, but these are the closest estimates we have based on information that has come out directly from Microsoft. As for recommended specifications, the only upgrade I would make would be to have at least 8GB of RAM. 

  • RAM/Memory: At least 4GB
  • CPU: 2-core 64-bit processor with TPM 2.0. Must be newer than Intel 8th generation, AMD Zen 2, & Qualcomm 7/8 series
  • GPU: Must support DirectX 12 or later
  • Motherboard: Must support UEFI Secure Boot
  • Storage: At least 6GB for initial installation
  • Display: 9” or larger.  720p resolution or greater. Must support at least 8-bits per color channel. 
  • Network: Requires an internet connection for updates.

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