What you need to know
- Windows 11 has a new set of minimum system requirements.
- These include a dual-core 64-bit CPU and 9-inch display.
- TPM 2.0, Secure Book, and UEFI are also required.
Microsoft has officially announced Windows 11, which means we now know what it takes to run Microsoft's next OS. Windows 11 ships this fall, and has a new set of minimum system requirements that users must have in order to successfully run Windows 11.
Windows 11 Minimum Requirements
- A modern 1Ghz 64-bit dual-core processor
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB drive
- 9-inch display
- 1366x768 resolution
- UEFI, Secure Boot & TPM 2.0 compatible
- DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WWDM 2.x
The biggest changes to Windows' system requirements with Windows 11 is that the OS is now only available on 64-bit processors. Microsoft is not releasing a 32-bit version of the OS, although 32-bit apps will continue to work just fine.
Windows 11 also requires a display size of at least 9-inches, meaning we won't be seeing any phones or mini 8-inch tablets with Windows 11. Microsoft has also increased the required drive storage to 64GB, up from 32GB with Windows 10. The same goes for RAM, being bumped from 2GB to 4GB.
Microsoft is also requiring UEFI, Secure Boot, and TPM 2.0 support for Windows 11. If your PC doesn't have any of these, Microsoft doesn't guarantee that Windows 11 will run correctly.
These minimum specs will be required by OEMs to hit on any hardware they intend to ship with Windows 11. This means entry-level PCs will now need 64GB of storage and 4GB RAM at minimum if they include Windows 11 out of box.
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