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Windows 11 System Requirements and How To Check Compatibility

Microsoft Windows 11 will arguably be the most significant overhaul to the Windows Operating System, with its modern-looking glassy look, rounded corners, along with some performance improvements promises. Now, you might be wondering what will be the Windows 11 system requirements and will your computer be able to run the same? In this article, I will explain everything you need to know about the system requirement for Windows 11.

While we are at it, we must also have a closer look at some of the top features that Windows 11 brings with itself and answer a couple of key questions, like will Windows 11 be a free upgrade for you? So, read along as we open this up for you.

Windows 11 System Requirements

First thing first, let us first have a look at whether your computer is ready and capable of installing Windows 11. As usual, the minimum system requirements doesn’t seem to be far off. 

Microsoft Windows 11 can be easily installed in a computer with average configuration, but for optimum performance and feature specific requirements, some people will be disappointed if the system lacks a new and above-average processor and ram configuration.

Check out the Windows 11 minimum system requirement in the table below.

CPU/Processor1 GHz of speed with at least 2 cores. Check out the compatible CPU link list below.
RAM4GB or more
StorageAt-least 64GB
Graphics RequirementDirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
Display720p Display which is at least 9 inches diagonally, with 8 bits per color channel
System FirmwareUEFI and Secure Boot Capability
TPM VersionTPM Version 2.0
First Boot RequirementDuring the first boot of Windows 11, the computer will require active Internet connectivity, and Microsoft Account for some features to work properly.
Windows 11 System Requirements

List of all CPUs Compatible with Windows 11.

Windows 11 Introduction Video

How to check Windows 11 Compatibility on your computer?

Microsoft was kind enough to make the entire process of manually going through each of the requirements to just a simple lite software installation. 

Windows PC Health software can be installed on your computer, which will then detect the compatibility of your computer’s configuration to that of the system requirement. Follow the steps mentioned below to run the compatibility test.

  • Firstly download and Install WindowsPCHealth
  • Once the software is installed, open and click on “check Now”
  • Now a message with either “This PC Can Run Windows 11” or “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11”

Other Important Feature Specific Requirements

So, as you already know, Windows 11 comes with several new features, but for all of these to work, the system must meet certain feature specific requirements.

Some of the most significant features and requirements have been shared below. Let us know about the feature you are most excited about.

  • 5G support: Requires a 5G modem
  • Auto HDR: Monitor with HDR capabilities
  • Wi-Fi 6E: New WLAN IHV hardware and a driver along with Wi-Fi 6E capable Router.
  • Xbox Application requires an active Xbox Live account
  • DirectX 12 Ultimate is only available for supported Games and Graphics Card

Will the Windows 11 be a free upgrade?

Yes, Microsoft Windows 11 will be a free upgrade. Once it starts to officially roll out, it will be available for the free update on the windows update section, given your PC meets the minimum requirements. The exact date of the roll out is yet to be announced, but it starts this holiday season.

Where can you download the Windows 11 ISO File?

Once the new operating system starts to roll out, we can expect Microsoft to be releasing the ISO file. Although there are leaks available to download right away, we don’t recommend installing the leaked software on your primary computer.
If you can’t wait any further and want to check it out, please do it on a secondary device.

Windows 11 StartUp Sound

Funnily enough, the new Windows 11 startup sound has been trending among the masses. So, you can also check out the new startup sound below.

Also read: Why Windows Saved Apple?

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