Windows 11: Checking the compatibility of your PC

by Johannes

Is my PC Windows 11 compatible is a frequently asked question by Windows users. If you want to install the latest Windows version on your computer, certain criteria must be met. In this practical tip you will find out what these criteria are and how you can check them.

Is my PC suitable for Windows 11 – hardware requirements

Windows 11 requires several hardware components and versions before you can update. Below is an overview of the minimum requirements needed for your system.

  • Processor: The processor must be a 64-bit or SoC system with at least two cores and at least one gigahertz (GHz) CPU clock speed.
  • RAM: While Windows 10 could still get by with 1 GB or 2 GB RAM per processor, Windows 11 requires at least 4 GB RAM.
  • Storage: Your internal hard drive should have at least 64 GB of storage space. Higher capacities are recommended for the complete user experience.
  • TPM: The Trusted Platform Module version 2.0 is the minimum requirement. Newer devices should therefore be compatible. Older TPM versions represent a security vulnerability and are not supported.
  • Graphics card: At least one graphics card with DirectX 12.
  • Firmware: Your system must be running UEFI.
  • Internet: An internet connection is also required. However, it does not matter whether you have an Ethernet connection or a wifi adapter.
  • Screen: Your screen should support at least HD quality (720p) and be at least 9 inches in size.
  • You can find individual information about your system in the Windows settings under “About” or in the System Information, which you can find via the Start menu.

Check Windows 11 compatibility

If you do not want to check all the individual hardware requirements separately, you can use a handy tool. With the PC Integrity Check tool, you can find out if your system is compatible with Windows 11 with just one click.

  • Download the “Microsoft PC Health Check” tool.
  • Run the installation file provided for your system and install the programme.
  • Open the tool after installation.
  • Click on “Check now” to test the compatibility.
  • If your system is not compatible, you will be shown which hardware component is responsible.
  • If no compatibility issues are displayed, your system is ready for Windows 11 and can update.

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