Windows 11 has been released. Microsoft will offer free upgrades to existing Windows 10 users until mid-2022, provided they have the right hardware. Yes, Windows 11 has some minimum system requirements. (opens in a new tab).
If your machine does not have the correct hardware, it will be left with Windows 10 for the foreseeable. Here’s how to check if your machine is equipped with the right hardware.
Windows 11 system requirements
As PC gamers are well aware, there is a huge difference between minimum system requirements and the recommended specifications you need to run Windows 11. Here’s what Windows 11 requires.
How to verify if your computer is compatible with Windows 11
There is an easy way to find out what your computer’s hardware is. Download the Windows PC Health Check app by visiting the Windows 11 page
Although PC Health Check has been around for some time, the Windows 11 requirements testing tool was first launched in June. Until very recently, people were confused by their results.
This will allow you to see if your computer can run Windows 11 or what the problem might be if it cannot.
After the app has been installed, open it and then click Check Here.
The Health Check app instantly tells you if your computer is capable of running Windows 11
My two-year-old daughter has no problems with Windows 11 and can upgrade to it when it is released. The PC Health Check app has been redesigned to give you an overview of each requirement so you can see exactly which one your computer is not meeting.
Wait, what do I need? What’s that?
TPM is the one thing that might confuse you in the list Windows 11 specs. The TPM stands to Trusted Platform Modul, and is the primary security feature on Windows PCs. It is usually integrated into desktop and business computers, so it is not something most people think about when purchasing a new computer.
Windows Health Check will alert you if your computer doesn’t have an active or inactive TPM. If it does, you don’t need to be concerned. The PC Health Check app can’t detect TPMs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t present.
Some motherboards may not have the TPM enabled, especially if they ship separately. Even worse, some manufacturers, including ASUS , have been updating the firmware of older hardware to make sure it is compatible with Windows 11.
Also, make sure you read our guide on. Microsoft can also help you activate dormant or inactive TPMs within the BIOS settings if you are comfortable doing it yourself.