What are the System Requirements to run Windows 11?

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This post explains to students and new users the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11 on a PC, tablet or laptop computer. Most of the PCs and laptops being built today will probably support Windows 11. The system requirements to run Windows 11 isn’t very much different from Windows 10.

In fact, the only big differences between the system requirements for Windows 10 and Windows 11 come down to a few specialized features included in the system CPU and motherboard. If you have a fairly recent Windows 10 computer, it may more likely support upgrading to Windows 11.

For older PCs and systems that are not fairly new, users can read below to see the basic requirements to run Windows 11.

For help determining whether your PC will support Windows 11, Microsoft has released an app called PC Health Check that you can install and run on your Windows 10 PC. If the PC meets the minimum system requirements, the app will tell you.

Below we’re going to list the minimum requirements need to run Window 11. You can reference it make quick decision on what your next computer will include.

Windows 11 basic requirements

As mentioned above, Microsoft included some basic requirements that must be met to install Windows 11. Although you can install Windows 11 on hardware that don’t meet the minimum requirements, Microsoft does not recommend such installation methods.

Below is a quick glance of the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11. The hardware requirements are very similar to Windows 10 minimum requirements with a few key differences.

Processor1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
RAM4 gigabyte (GB) or more.
Storage64 GB or larger storage device.
System firmwareUEFI, Secure Boot capable.
TPMTrusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
Graphics cardCompatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
DisplayHigh definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
Internet connection and Microsoft accountWindows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account.

Windows 11 CPU requirements

To run Windows 11, you’ll need a 64-bit CPU that runs at least at 1 GHz with two or more cores. To meet this requirement is easy since an overwhelming majority of computing devices in use today meet these specifications.

Windows 11 memory requirements

To run Windows 11, the device must include a minimum of 4GB of RAM. Again, it’s not uncommon to see devices with more than 4GB or RAM installed so this requirement should be met on majority of devices in use today.

Windows 11 storage requirements

As mentioned in the table above, to install and run Windows 11, the device requires at least 64GB of free space. The one thing that most modern devices have is storage space. Meeting this requirement should not be difficult since computers will have a lot more free space available.

Windows 11 graphics requirements

Windows 11 requires a DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.0 (Windows Display Driver Model) compatible graphics card with a minimum resolution of 720p. Again, this is not the 90s where computing devices didn’t support resolutions higher then 720p.

If you have a computer today, it will more likely support a resolution higher than 720p.

As you can see, majority of computer in use today will meet Windows 11 minimum requirements above. If your computer fail the meet the above requirements, it may be a time to get a new one.

How to install Windows 11 on supported hardware

If your device does not meet Windows basic requirement above, we’ve written a post that showed you how to create a Windows 11 ISO for unsupported hardware.

You can view that post by clicking the link below:

How to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware

Conclusion:

This post explained Windows 11 minimum requirements to install and run. If your computer does not meet the requirement above, it may be time to get a new one?

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