Windows 11 Compatibility & System Requirements
Author: Luke Adkins Date Posted: 6 October 2021
With the announcement of the Windows 11 release, many of us are asking if our computer is compatible with Windows 11.
We have summarised some information below for the common questions.
To learn more about Windows 11, including upgrade specifications and features, visit the Microsoft Windows 11 information website.
Will my computer upgrade to Windows 11?
Use Microsoft's handy PC Health Check app to access the ability to upgrade to Windows 11.
What are the specifications to upgrade to Windows 11?
[Extract from the Microsoft website]
These are the minimum system requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC. Your device must be running Windows 10, version 2004 or later, to upgrade.
Free updates are available through Windows Update in Settings>Update and Security.
- Processor: 64-bit architecture at 1 GHz or faster; Intel: eight-generation or newer (details); AMD Ryzen 3 or better (details); Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c or higher (details)
- 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: Direct X12 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.