What Are Windows 11 Minimum Requirements

Following are the basic requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC. If your device does not meet these requirements, you may not be able to install Windows 11 and might want to consider purchasing a new device.


Following are the basic requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC. If your device does not meet these requirements, you may not be able to install Windows 11 and might want to consider purchasing a new device. If you are unsure whether your PC meets these requirements, you can check with your PC Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or, if your device is already running Windows 10, you can use the PC Health Check app to assess compatibility.

Note! As of this writing, the PC Health Check app has been removed from the App Store. The reason is because the app is denying millions of PCs for the upgrade. Microsoft has some hurdles to overcome. Let’s find out.

This is for Windows 10 devices

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The Requirements

Processor:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64 bit processor System on a Chip (SoC)

RAM:

  • 4 gigabyte (GB)

Storage:

  • 64 GB or larger storage device

System firmware:

  • UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM:

  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

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

Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: 

  • Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use. Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity.

For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.

Check Your Version of Trusted Platform Module (TPM)

To check this, we are going to use the Device Manager.

First, type “device manager” in the Cortana search box in lower left-hand corner. Next, in the search results, click on Device Manager in upper left-hand corner. Refer to below image:

Win 11 Requirements 1
Selecting Device Manager

Now, after the Device Manager opens, scroll down and click on Security Device to expand the menu and see if any TPM entries exist. See below image:

Win 11 Requirements 2
Opening Security devices for TPM entry

This computer meets the requirement for version 2.0 of TPM.

If you have TPM 1.2, you may be able to upgrade to Windows 11; there are no guarantees.

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