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These are Windows 11's official minimum system requirements

Windows 11 Logo 3 Surface Pro
Windows 11 Logo 3 Surface Pro (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

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.

What are your thoughts on Windows 11's new system requirements? Let us know in the comments. Be sure to check out the rest of our Windows 11 coverage as well.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

67 Comments
  • Does Neo meet the 9" requirement?
  • When unfolded? Interesting -- wonder if dual screen devices count both screens or each screen...
  • I'm pretty sure both.. I'm sure because of the way Duo defaults screenshots. It's just a single image split.
  • Neo's displays are 9-inches each, so yes.
  • Ah, Zac, so then this is a bit of evidence that Neo is still coming with Windows 11 -- the minimum screen size just supports it. Is that a fair conclusion to draw?
  • Zac, I suppose you're working on an update for Neo article with all new speculation, and rumors?
  • Rip 8inch screen tablets and handheld gaming devices :(
  • Yep disappointed by this. Considering the growing number of UMPC devices lately, this requirement is such a let down. So those devices will be officially only supports Windows 10, which is okay I guess. Though if you use Tablet Mode, some of them that have 360 hinge can be used as a tablet. Since Windows 11 don't have this, maybe that's why? The problem is, there will be no Windows 10X anymore as far as we can tell. So it means officially there will be no more Windows on small PC's, at least not with W11 and only outdated W10.
  • No, Duo isn't going anywhere.
  • According to the PC Health Check system requirement checker, the m3 Surface Go 2 isn't compatible. W T F . really hoping thats a mistake
  • Pretty sure. It states my Ryzen 5 3600 isn't compatible either.
  • Should be it is on the compatible list. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/windows...
  • The main website for the Surface Go 2 includes the phrase "free upgrade to Windows 11".
  • Yeah sorry you've not getting Windows 11 Pro lol probably go you can upgrade that device to Windows 11 SE
  • Patience till public release. Their checker is buggy. They should provide troubleshoot steps to check specs manually (recommend for non-tech savvy users).
  • My Gen 1 Surface Book with UEFI, TPM 2 and secure boot enabled also fails the check - I'm hoping this is a bug with the PC Health app 😒
  • Yep, same here. Checked all specs, all are fine including, as it looks additionally Precision Touchpad, if Digitizer is implemented. OK, 8-th Gen CPU minimum required. Something strange in their list.
  • Newegg-built and other home PC's rarely have TPM included (virtually never). If this is a hard requirement, could mean many of us won't be able to upgrade. Hopefully, that particular requirement only applies to new systems sold with Windows 11, and not minimum for upgrading to Windows 11.
  • My Dell 5559 (2016 model) have all features they asked but still checker won't pass compatibility test. Strange!
  • The TPM 2.0 requirement is going to prevent many custom-built PCs from receiving the update. Hopefully they relax on this one or else motherboard compatibility issues will lead many with older chipsets to upgrade CPU/motherboards, which will not be cheap given the current chip shortage. :(
  • Custom built machines can make use of firmware TPMs (Intel's PTT and AMD's fTPM) that are already available in their firmware boot menu. Intel and AMD have provided these options as standard for years.
  • Ahhh, NO. This TPM 2.0 Requirement is only saying that if you HAVE TPM (laptops) it must be v2.0 (which has been around since 2014).
    The earlier TPM iterations (1.2) won't work with Windows 11.
    The bigger issue is the requirement for Secure Boot.
    That means older MBs that don't have EUFI support are out of luck. (EUFI was introduced in 2007.)
  • yeah the tpm2.0 requirement rules out both of my ryzen 7 3700x rigs. So I'll be leaving the insider program. Now I'm wondering if Win10 will receive any further features or is in maintenance mode. It could be several years before I look at new hardware again.
  • So. I don't think AMD changed that much from the 3000 series but you should be able to go to the bios in security and enable tpm. Mine was disabled by default and I'm on 5000 series, but I remember seeing a similar menu for even the 3000 series
  • 3700x even the older 2700x should be compatible according to the compatible list MS put out. However 1st gen Ryzen and 7th gen Intel are not compatible according to the current lists. Here are the lists: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/support... https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/support... This is where I got these:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/windows...
  • The TPM 2.0 requirement has thrown a spanner in the works for the computer upgrade I was planning for my parents. They're currently running a rig last upgraded 10 years ago so are due a new pc, and I had already sent them the spec to buy the bits. I've had to tell them to hold off now whilst I try and re-spec a build which will allow them to have windows 11. No point building a PC now which won't be able to run the new Windows if they're keeping it for another 10 years.
  • Any new build you make for them will support a firmware TPM (Intel or AMD), you shouldn't have any issue with running Windows 11 on a new rig for your parents.
  • How would I go about checking the components to be sure before buying them. I'm suggesting they get an 11600k and ASRock Intel B560M-ITX/AC mITX motherboard. Will this meet the TPM 2.0 requirements? I've tried checking the Intel ARK site and the Asrock website documentation and have come away unsure if it'd meet the criteria.
  • For Intel, it's Platform Trust Technology (PTT), and it's implemented through the motherboards firmware. It should be available for every chipset, but some manufacturers may not list it in the features, and there are a few who don't expose the interface in the UEFI menu. If you're not sure if the motherboard you want would have it, I'd say shoot the manufacturer a quick support email to confirm, but every motherboard I've used in the last several years (though I don't use ASRock) has had it.
  • Zac, Dan, and Windows Central, could you investigate the TPM requirement? Is it possible that this ONLY applies to licenses for new PCs and not to upgrading existing PCs? Otherwise, pretty much only enterprise PCs will be able to upgrade, as that's the only place where TPM is widely used.
  • Your machine likely can do a firmware based TPM (both Intel and AMD have versions - PTT and fTPM, respectively. Check your firmware boot menu and you can turn it on if it isn't already.
  • To those complaining about TPM: Intel and AMD both have firmware TPMs (Intel's Platform Trust Technology (PTT) and AMD's Firmware Trusted Platform Module (fTPM)) as standard for a while now. I use PTT on my custom built system at home, with no difference from the Windows perspective between it and a hardware TPM. Your home build machines are just fine as long as they're not too old.
  • mkmaster, looks like you're right: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/64075223/are-intels-ptt-and-tpm-equi... Thanks for the education and correction! This is great to know and a real surprise to me. Before today, I believeed TPM was a separate chip that served the sole purpose of generating the hash codes to work with software like BitLocker to prevent removing an encrypted drive from one PC and opening it on another, while ensuring the first PC could open it without needing a password or any human-controlled key. Because of the added cost of this chip, it was rarely used in consumer PCs, but a worthwhile added cost for enterprise. I had no idea that Intel began including this way back with 4th Gen Core processors. I'll research this a bit more, but sure seems from that link that mkmaster is right and this is not really going to be an issue.
  • I just tried running tpm.msc on my main desktop computer (8th gen Core i7), and it shows no TPM. So MAYBE this means many users will need to go into the BIOS to turn on PTT or fTPM (the version of TPM apparently built-in to modern CPUs). I can't restart my computer now to check, but I suspect this is a fairly accessible BIOS feature, at least for desktop PCs. I'm not sure how this will work with laptops which often block BIOS access. Hopefully, those have already mostly shipped with that feature turned on.
  • It's almost certainly available in your UEFI menu, it's worth a check. Which laptops are you referring to that block access to their UEFI menus? I haven't ever seen any, so I'd like to know which brands to avoid because that's a bad move.
  • Here's a link that explains this in a bit more detail. I also found that Ryzen chips include the same fTPM capability (but I think TPP specifically refers to the Intel implementation). https://www.legitreviews.com/how-to-enable-bitlocker-with-intel-ptt-and-...
  • Will a Surface 3 (non Pro) 4/128 be able to switch to Windows 11? 🤔
  • Weird my gaming PC is 6 years old but with upgrades to everything through the years I can still run everything in 4K in very high or ultra settings Yet the Health app says my PC isn't compatible If this TPM thing is enforced I will have to go looking for modified and hacked ISO files to have the latest Windows. I hope this is not the case. The most sought tech sentence of 2022 will be "Windows 11 remove TPM how to"
  • Your system possibly already has a firmware TPM that you can enable, both Intel and AMD have them.
  • Can confirm that the firmware TPM in BIOS will work, secure boot not needed
  • 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. "
    That's the specs for Windows 11 Pro
    Windows 11 mobile and windows 11 ES will be used on those devices.
  • Well we don't know about that yet unless Zac will share something for those devices. For now UMPCs will not be officially compatible with Windows 11. Disappointed by this since I was looking forward to give a try with those UMPC running Windows 11, considering next gen Windows has more possibility to have shell that are designed for those devices. But by the looks of it, they are acting vely avoiding W11 to run on those devices now.
  • Haha! Excellent remark! We might see the next Duo or a foldable using a 9" screen.
  • RIP handheld gaming devices, or 8inch tablets.
    Why is microsoft so hard against mobile devices and tablets? They also deleted entire tablet mode.
    No fullscreen apps, no fullscreen start, no dynamic swipes. I hope Windows will be once again as touch friendly as W8.1 was :)
  • Would win X then be the upgrade path for smaller than 9' and 32 bit or has the 32 bit and <9 just been killed off of windows? Or will we see other op for this?
  • If killing of the smaller tablets was a requirement to get into the Amazon store, I do not feel like that was a good trade.
  • Yes. I'm in. Also, 9 in minimum screen? Clearly Surface Neo is not dead.
  • So a device with 1280x720 display won't work? That's ******.
  • Wait till public release.
  • All the Microsoft pages state:
    Display: High definition (720p) display, 9" or greater monitor, 8 bits per color channel. I don;t know where WC got "1366x768" from.
  • I can confirm that enabling AMD fTPM in BIOS (or Intel equivalent) fulfils the compatibility requirements, even if secure boot isn't used. Tested using the MS health check app before and after enabling).
  • My system is compatible but the checker didn't pass.
  • Got TPM but not TPM 2.0.  Laaaaaame!
  • Either wait for future updates or stay with W10 till 2025. I'll be thinking to switch to iOS instead of buying Windows 11 laptop.
  • While asking user info, they shouldn't ask for local pc password.
  • "Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x" and especially "TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0" are pure nonsense.
    Why is DX12 compatibility required? Why is TPM required? Are they planning on forcing BitLocker encryption on people? It's like they pulled these out of their behind, or got encouraged by hardware manufacturers to force new sales. What happened to trying to update countless existing PCs, as was the case with 10? Not everybody needs or wants their damn BitLocker!
  • DX12 is probably needed for the fancy new GUI as well as auto HDR.
  • Yeah, but your average MS Office user will not need that. These should be recommended requirements, not mandatory. They're mad, especially with the 8th gen + Intel CPU requirement too that has just surfaced.
  • In order to run Windows 11, you must have at least an 8th generation Intel chip (if you're running an Intel Core processor). Amazingly (or not) this means that the Surface Studio 2 is not compatible with Windows 11. Here's the list of supported processors: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/support... I'm wondering if the CPU issue is tripping up people who may (or may not) have TPM issues.
  • It's confirmed that I have to sell 6th gen i5 laptop ASAP.
  • At this point, I'm convinced that these requirements are all nonsense. With Windows 10, the goal was to update update as many devices as possible. With 11, it's to disqualify as many as possible and force new sales. It's pure nonsense. This either applies to OEMs only, or these will change closer to the release date. Microsoft's mad if it thinks it can start treating Windows PC as disposable Android phones.
  • A point to remember: MS will be releasing an updated Windows 10 this fall, too.
    Just because your system can't run W11 Pro doesn't mean you're forced to upgrade. That's only for those that want to be the "first kid on the block". 😀
    And W10 will be supported for a few more years. W11 will ship next week to insiders but only in the fall to regular folks, probably in lockstep with new hardware. Plenty of time to sand off the rough edges. As Douglas Adams says: "Don't Panic."
  • are you kidding me my surface book 2 is not eligible! thats outrageous. and all these because it has i5 7th gen. bunch of scams i paid for a Microsoft laptop 1500$ in 2018 and they do not update it. only macbook
  • I'd give them time. It is possible they will expand to support pre-8th gen Core Processors.
  • I wonder why an operating system advertised with performance boost as a major feature comes with double the system requirement on day 1.
  • My system beats the requirements by leaps and bounds but Microsoft says I don't meet the minimum requirements.
  • There is a typo in the bullet points, it says "Secure Book" instead of "Secure Boot"