Windows 11 poses significant compatibility questions to would-be users. We’ve compiled the rundown on all its requirements and what they mean.

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Windows 11 has finally launched, but there’s sadly been a lot less fanfare than originally anticipated. Part of the reason for this is the fact many who were looking to upgrade have found their computers incompatible.

TPM 2.0 Requirement

TPM 2.0 is the new requirement that is making many machines ineligible to upgrade.

Due to the increased security it brings, Microsoft has made TPM 2.0 a requirement for Windows 11. The downside, however, is that even people who have computers with better than average specs have found their machine cannot upgrade.

Ultimately, it comes down to the age of your computer, in particular the CPU and Motherboard. If they are less than 4 years old the chances you have TPM 2.0 is rather high, even if it is disabled by default. For older machines, however, the odds drop significantly.

GPU Requirement

Windows 11 requires the computer to be able to run DirectX 12 or later and have the WDDM 2.0 driver. This means the machine requires either a dedicated graphics card from 2012 and onwards or a CPU with integrated graphics from a similar time frame. CPUs that have integrated graphics and support TPM 2.0 should therefore be compatible.

Other Requirements

The rest of the hardware requirements for Windows 11 are largely insignificant, as the overwhelming majority of computers from the last 10 years should easily pass them.

These other requirements are:

  • 1GHz or faster CPU with at least 2 cores
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage (SSD, or HDD)
  • A display that is at least 720p (HD) and larger than 9″ diagonally.

Is my computer compatible?/Are my computers compatible?

If you’d like to find out for yourself, Microsoft has a free tool available that checks your computer’s compatibility. All you have to do is download it and run it, and it will tell you which of the requirements the computer does not meet.

If that sounds like too much work, or you still aren’t quite sure if your computer(s) is (are) compatible, simply ask us for a free system check! Our expert technicians are always available.

If you are looking to switch to Windows 11, or have an enquiry regarding Windows 11, don’t hesitate to get in touch. One of our expert advisors will be more than happy to give an in-depth, no-obligation consultation to discuss Windows 11 with you.

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