This post explains to students and new users the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11 on a PC, tablet, or laptop. Most of the PCs and laptops being built today will probably support Windows 11. The system requirements to run Windows 11 aren’t very much different from Windows 10.
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. The app will tell you if the PC meets the minimum system requirements.
Below we’re going to list the minimum requirements need to run Windows 11. You can reference it to make quick decisions 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 doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, Microsoft does not recommend such installation methods.
Below is a glance at the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11. The hardware requirements are very similar to Windows 10 minimum requirements with a few key differences.
|Processor||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).|
|RAM||4 gigabyte (GB) or more.|
|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 account||Windows 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. Meeting 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 of RAM installed so this requirement should be met on the 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 when computing devices didn’t support resolutions higher than 720p.
If you have a computer today, it will more likely support a resolution higher than 720p.
As you can see, the majority of computers in use today will meet Windows 11 minimum requirements above. If your computer fails the meet the above requirements, it may be 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
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.