Windows 11 Requirements Check Tool

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Published August 2021. Note: This article explains the minimum system requirements for running Windows 11 on a PC. Minimum system requirements are designed to provide a great computing experience across a variety of devices, now and into the future.

Specific features plus apps and hardware that you add to your PC may exceed these minimum requirements.

Windows provides additional information on some feature-specific requirements on the Windows 11 specifications page. For more details on additional requirements for your apps or hardware, you should check with the specific publisher or manufacturer.

  1. Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love and is releasing at a time when the PC is playing an even more central role in the way we connect, create and play.

  2. When we made the decision on where to set the minimum system requirements for Window 11, we focused on three principles to guide our thinking to help ensure a great user experience: .

  3. If you are interested in understanding more about our minimum system requirements and how these principles helped guide our decision-making, please see this blog that provides a more detailed explanation of our approach.

These are the minimum system requirements your PC must meet to help enable a great computing experience: . Processors/CPUs (Central Processing Units): 1 Ghz or faster with 2 or more cores and appearing on our list of approved CPUs.

The processor in your PC will be a main determining factor for running Windows 11. The clock speed (the 1 Ghz or faster requirement) and number of cores (2 or more) are inherent to the processor design as it was manufactured and are not considered upgradable components. If your PC has less than 4GB of memory, there are sometimes options for upgrading to get additional RAM.

Assessing Upgrade Eligibility

You may want to consult your PC manufacturer’s website or with a retailer to see if there are easy and affordable options to meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11.

Final Words

  1. Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device. If your PC does not have a large enough storage drive, there are sometimes options for upgrading the drive.

  2. You may want to consult your PC manufacturer’s website or with a retailer to see if there are easy and affordable options to meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11.

  3. System Firmware: UEFI (for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, a modern version of the PC BIOS) and Secure Boot capable.

  4. If your device does not meet the minimum requirements because it is not Secure Boot capable, you may want to read this article to see if there are steps you can take to enable this.

Minimum System Requirements and your PC

  1. Secure Boot can only be enabled with UEFI and this article helps you understand potential options to change settings to make this possible.

  2. TPM:Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. If your device does not meet the minimum requirements because of TPM, you may want to read this article to see if there are steps you can take to remediate this.

  3. Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver. Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.

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