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Windows 11 minimum requirements — Your old PC won’t cut it

Many current Windows 10 PC users will have to upgrade their systems before they can update to Windows 11.

Microsoft on Thursday pulled the wraps off its next operating system, which will be released towards the end of the year.

Microsoft on Thursday pulled the wraps off its next operating system, which will be released towards the end of the year.

While the update from genuine copies of Windows 10 will be free, the official system requirements of Windows 11 have revealed that not all computers capable of running the current OS will be eligible.

Firstly, there will no longer be a 32-bit version of Windows, although 32-bit apps will still be supported.

While the processor speed of 1GHz has remained the same, it will now require two or more cores on a 64-bit processor or SoC.

The minimum RAM requirement has also been quadrupled – from 1GB to 4GB.

The required storage for installation is now 64GB, where Windows 10 64-bit requires only 20GB. This does not take into account any further space needed for updates.

In terms of graphics, the system’s GPU will have to be compatible with DirectX 12 or later, as opposed to DirectX 9.

In addition, the display must support a resolution of 720p or higher, up from the 600p of Windows 10.

One notable change is the requirement for a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip on the motherboard.

This is a dedicated microcontroller that can secure hardware through integrated cryptographic keys, improving the security and privacy of the user.

Microsoft recommends a system with TPM version 2.0 for Windows 11, although upgrading systems with TPM version 1.2 will also be allowed, provided that Secure Boot is a feature. Microsoft advises against this, however.

The table below shows the differences between the minimum system requirements of Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Complaints from high-end PC users

Most modern mid-range or high-end PCs should easily meet the abovementioned requirements.

Microsoft also provides a tool, PC Health Check, that can scan a user’s system and detect whether it marks all the spec boxes.

Numerous high-end PC users have been complaining that despite exceeding the requirements, the tool has told them that their computers can’t run Windows 11.

The likely culprit in these cases may be the TPM requirement.

Although most motherboards released since 2016 boast this chip, some may have it turned off by default.

To fix the issue, users have to open up their UEFI/BIOS settings and switch on TPM.

To enter this settings menu, users have to press a button specified by their particular OEM as the machine boots up.

Lifewire provides a comprehensive list of the UEFI/BIOS keys for various manufacturers, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

Alternatively, they can get to their system’s UEFI settings through Windows 10’s advanced startup options.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under the “Advanced startup” section, click the Restart now button.
  5. Select Troubleshoot.
  6. Click on Advanced options.
  7. Choose the UEFI Firmware settings option.
  8. Click the Restart button.

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