Does Your PC Meet Windows 11 Requirements?
Microsoft surprised the industry earlier this month when it announced that Windows 11 would start shipping in late 2021. The newest operating system will be available first on new PCs, followed by a standalone release and as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users in Wakefield.
The latest version of Windows will have an enhanced user interface as well as features like tight integration with Office 365 and Microsoft’s Xbox ecosystem.
If you’re excited to upgrade to Windows 11, you can start by familiarising yourself with the requirements.
These are the Confirmed Minimum Hardware Requirements for Windows 11
Windows 10 was a surprisingly lean operating system offering compatibility with modest hardware. Windows 11 will follow by offering compatibility for a broad range of hardware. But there are some unique requirements that we’re seeing for the first time.
Windows 11 will require:
- A 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor with at least two cores and 64-bit compatibility.
- 4 gigabytes (GB) of system RAM.
- 64 gigabytes (GB) of system storage.
- A DirectX 12 compatible graphics card with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
- UEFI Secure Boot capable firmware.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
- A high-definition display with at least 720p resolution and size of at least 9” and 8 bits of color depth.
- An internet connection for downloading features and updates. Home Edition of Windows 11 will require an internet connection and a Microsoft Account for the first-time setup.
These are the initial requirements provided by Microsoft at their recent launch event for Windows 11. Some requirements may change over time as the operating system and features evolve.
If you’ve purchased a PC in the last two years, you will likely meet or exceed all these system requirements. Computers up to five years old are also likely to meet the requirements.
Microsoft will release tools in future updates for Windows 10 users, with a PC Health Check App that will indicate if the system can be upgraded to Windows 11 in Wakefield.
What if I Build my Own PC?
If you are using a desktop computer that you built yourself, it may not support Trusted Platform Module (TMP) version 2.0.
Microsoft is yet to clarify if this would prevent an upgrade to Windows 11, or if it would limit some features. The good news is that many motherboards support TPM with the addition of an affordable add-on hardware card. Some can be configured to support TPM with a setting tweak in the firmware.
AMD, the company that develops the popular Ryzen processors, has indicated that Windows 11 will still work with TPM 1.2 as well as TPM 2.0, so expect to see some more detailed updates from Microsoft in the coming weeks and months.
If you need to upgrade your PC to support Windows 11, MH Computers is ready to assist.
If I Don’t Meet Windows 11 Requirements Will My PC Be Outdated?
In the rare case that you don’t meet Windows 11 requirements, your Windows 10 PC will still be fully usable and will receive updates. Microsoft has stated that it will support Windows 10 until October 14th, 2025, allowing a smooth transition to Windows 11.
MH Computers is Your Tech Support Company for Windows 11 Upgrades in Wakefield
To make the upgrade process stress-free, or if you’re looking for a new computer that supports Windows 11, you can get started with MH Computers. We offer PC building, upgrade, and retail services to ensure that you’re ready for the latest version of Windows.
If you need to upgrade to meet Windows 11 requirements, or if you want to talk about a new PC for work, gaming, or general use, contact our team today.