Windows 11 is the successor of Windows 10 and is built on the same core architecture as Windows 10.
For starters, there’s a new user experience, with refreshed colors and icons, major changes to the Start menu and taskbar, an extensive reworking of the Settings app, a Widgets pane designed to deliver chunks of news and reminders, and an improved way to snap windows into position.
Since the moment Windows 11 has been made as an official announcement, PC users are concerned about just one question, that is ‘Will my PC be able to run Windows 11?’ Well, let us tell you that if your PC meets the basic Windows 11 requirements, you’ll be good to go.
Here are some Hardware and system requirements for Windows 11
Before we move on to requirements, make yourself aware that PCs can run Windows 11 within the Insider Program. But when the official release goes out on October 5, 2021, those machines will no longer be able to upgrade to newer Windows 11 versions.
- Processor: 64-bit architecture at 1 GHz or faster; Intel: eight-generation or newer; AMD Ryzen 3 or better; Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c or higher
- RAM: 4 GB or higher
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics card: Directx 12 or later capable; WDDM 2.0 driver or newer
- Display: High-def (720p) display, larger than 9” diagonal in size, 8 bits per color channel (or better)
- Internet connection/MSA: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft Account (MSA) to complete device setup on first use. Switching out of Windows 11 Home in S mode likewise requires internet connectivity. For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is needed for updates, and to download and use certain features. An MSA is required for some features as well.
Check Windows 11 compatibility
To check the compatibility, Microsoft has its own tool named Microsoft PC Health Check. To download PC Health Check, you must be a registered Windows Insider and logged into the associated Microsoft account. Follow these steps to test whether your computer can run Windows 11.
- Download Microsoft’s PC Health Check- Open the file, agree to the terms of service and click Install. Make sure the box is checked that says Open PC Health Check, and click Finish.
- The app home page that pops up says, “PC health at a glance” At the top, a box reads, “Introducing Windows 11” Click Check now.
You will be notified saying ‘This PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements’ if your PC is not compatible. On the contrary, if your machine is compatible, you can download the Windows 11 update for free once it is available.
There are other options as well to check the compatibility. Check hardware requirements for Windows 11 on the WhyNotWin11 app. It is a Github app created by a developer who is not associated with Microsoft but may give you detailed information regarding all the Windows 11 requirements.
The other option is to go through the list of specifications for Windows 11 released by Microsoft.