Windows 11: What are the system requirements?
Windows 11 will likely release in October 2021. Microsoft announced Windows 11 on June 25, 2021. Along with a set of new features, it also needs a few system requirements. It is important to understand what these system requirements are and how to access them as these features are different from what exists in Windows 10. The users must be familiar with the system requirements and what happens if you don’t have them. There are specifications regarding requirements which are in this article below.
Windows 11 Basic requirements
It is mandatory to have the following requirements to install the new Windows 11. The requirements as stated on the official Microsoft website are as follows.
- Processor – The user will need 1 gigahertz (GHz) or a faster processor that has 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or a System on a Chip (SoC).
- RAM and Storage – The user’s system must be capable or have 4 GB (Gigabyte) RAM along with 64 GB storage capacity or larger.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) – To install the new Windows 11 the users must have Trusted Platform Module or TPM version 2.0.
- System firmware – The user’s system must have UEFI and Secure Boot capability.
- Graphics card and display – The graphics card of the system must be compatible with DirectX 12 or with the WDDM 2.0 driver. As for the display, the system must have a high definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
- Microsoft Account – The new Windows 11 requires the user to mandatorily have a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use. This account is required for updates and downloads of the features.
- Internet connection – Lastly, the most basic requirement that users must have is internet connectivity to perform all the necessary tasks for updates, downloads, and accessing the accounts.
|Processor||1 gigabytes (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)|
|RAM||4 gigabytes (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|
What is TPM?
With the new requirements, the topic that has gained much traction over the past few days is the TPM 2.0. This requirement has created quite a bustle among users as there are serious concerns about whether Windows 11 will be compatible with older PCs. We will look into that later but for now, let us understand what TPM 2.0 is.
TPM comes in most PCs or laptops to provide security functions. It is a chip, a secure cryptoprocessor that performs cryptographic operations. This TPM chip sometimes is integrated into the motherboard of the PC, laptop, or CPU. The older models of PCs and laptops come integrated with TPM 1.2. However, to freely upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 requires the PC or the laptops to have TPM 2.0.
With TPM 2.0 Microsoft intends to level up its hardware security. The TPM 2.0 is said to be more effective in protecting Windows from all the malicious threats that exist out there.
How to check if your PC or laptop has TPM 2.0?
Users can check if their laptops or PCs have TPM 2.0 in two different ways.
- PC Health check app – This app has been temporarily taken down as per the Microsoft announcement on June 28, 2021. However, it is likely to come back soon and once it does you can download the app. The PC Health check app will let you know if your PC can run Windows 11 or not.
- PC OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer – The other option to check if your laptop or PC has TPM 2.0 is to check with your PC Original Equipment Manufacturers.
If in case you have found out that your PC does not have TPM, we are sorry for you but if your PC does have a TPM chip then good, as there are still good chances that you will be able to enable your TPM by reaching out to the company that made your computer on how to do so.
Read more: Windows 11:The next generation of Windows
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