Can Your PC Run Windows 11?

Windows 11 Start menu

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Written by: Jay H.

Microsoft recently unveiled Windows 11, the long-awaited successor to Windows 10. However, with this new operating system comes a pressing question: Will your PC be able to run Windows 11? If you’re excited about the various new features, including Start menu changes, widgets, snap layouts, and more, we’ll go over a few ways you can tell if your PC can run Windows 11.

Minimum System Requirements

Microsoft released the minimum system requires for Windows 11, as follows:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM.
  • 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 greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
  • Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for the setup of Windows 11 Home.

PC Health Check

PC Health Check is a free tool from Microsoft that allows you to check whether your PC is compatible with Windows 11 or not. However, users reported that the application was not providing enough details on why their devices were incompatible. Microsoft temporarily removed the tool from its website, stating in a blog post that it planned on addressing the feedback and putting it back online before Windows 11 generally becomes available this fall.

PC Health Check window

PC Health Check

Trusted Platform Module

The most common reason PCs cannot run Windows 11 is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. requirement. So, what exactly is a TPM? This module is a chip built into your motherboard or CPU to protect encryption keys, credentials, and other sensitive information from malicious software. The company explains more about why it requires this chip in Windows 11 in its blog post.

What If My PC Is Unable To Run Windows 11?

If you do not meet the minimum system requirements, you may be able to make some changes without getting a brand new PC.

TPM 2.0 Not Found

If the lack of the TPM 2.0 is the issue, double-check to see if your PC has it installed or not. Most relatively new PCs have it built into them, so it may be a matter of enabling the feature.

In the Windows 10 search field, type tpm.msc. You will then see whether or not Windows found a compatible TPM.

Next, check your BIOS. Restart your computer and press the appropriate key to access your BIOS (usually F10, F2, F12, F1, or DEL – you may need to Google it or reach out to us if you need help). Once you’re in your BIOS, check for the Security setting. There, if you see the TPM chip type says 2.0, then enable it. If you have an older version, such as 1.2, check the Downloads page for your PC manufacturer. There may be a BIOS upgrade available that will upgrade your TPM to 2.0. If not, your PC either needs a TPM chip installed in it or may be too old to run Windows 11.

Unfortunately, some PCs will be unable to run Windows 11. If your PC doesn’t make the cut, don’t lose hope! We offer IT procurement services including custom-built PCs. Reach out to us today to discuss building new PCs compatible with Windows 11 for yourself or your organization.

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