What is the Minimum Hardware Requirement to Install Windows 11?

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The successor of Windows 10, Windows 11, has already arrived in the market on 05 Oct 2021. Microsoft has made several UI changes, and some new features have been added. Taskbar icons have been centered, and Widgets have been included again in Windows 11.

In the latest Windows 11, you will get a new Start button/menu, centered Taskbar icons, redesigned Settings, revamped File Explorer, new icons, news themes, native support for Android apps (major changes), a better action center, a built-in Chat app powered by Microsoft Teams, widgets, new wallpapers, sound schemes and a lot of more other things.

Microsoft has also released the Health Check tool, which, after running on your PC, you can decide if your PC can run Windows 11 or, if not, then why. If you see a message, This PC can’t run Windows 11, you can’t install Windows 11 on your existing PC, and we recommend upgrading or purchasing a new one. However, now it is possible to bypass Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 mandatory hardware requirements to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC.

Anyway, to install Windows 11 on a PC, Microsoft has also announced the minimum hardware requirements. If you want to upgrade your existing PC or have a plan to purchase a new PC, you should note down the minimum hardware requirements recommended by Microsoft.

Recommended minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11

Processor – 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).

RAM – At least 4 gigabytes (GB).

Storage – 64 GB or larger.

System firmwareUEFI and Secure Boot are mandatory to install Windows 11. UEFI is very similar to BIOS and is essential for connecting a computer’s firmware to its operating system. The Secure Boot is a set of programs that check whether your operating system is secure for running on a machine.

Graphics card – DirectX 12 compatible graphics cards with WDDM 2.x is required. Nearly all graphics cards from Intel, Nvidia, and AMD recently launched support DirectX 12, but for an old PC, you need to check whether your PC has a compatible one or not.

Display – At least a 9-inch screen with HD (720p) resolution. Most laptops come with 14-inch or 15.6-inch screens, so display should not be a problem for your old PC.

Internet – You need an active internet connection to activate and download Windows 11 ISO on your computer.

TPM: At least TPM version 2.0 is mandatory. This is the most crucial hardware requirement for Windows 11. The need for TPM version 2.0 has made millions of PCs not upgradeable to Windows 11.

Apart from the above-mentioned hardware requirements, Windows 11 Home edition users will need a Microsoft account to set up the device for the first time. However, this is not mandatory if you use Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise editions.

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