Learn more about WINDOWS 11
On October 5, 2021 (see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/event) Microsoft introduced the upcoming update to its Windows lineup. More than just a collection of fixes and new features, Windows 11 features a cleaner look and feel, offers tighter integration with remote meeting apps like Teams, works nearly identically on desktop, laptop, and tablet PCs, and is now available to the general public (users already running Windows 10), as well as available to OEMs for inclusion on new PCs. Windows 11 makes some demanding hardware requirements, and it is for this reason we have decided to publish this information to avoid any confusion among our users, tech savvy or not.
The main issue that concerns Windows 11 involves running it on older PCs. Microsoft's current system requirements cite a CPU based on Intel's 8th generation architecture, and AMD's Zen 2 architecture (although 7th gen and Zen 1 processors are respectively being tested as well). The one other requirement that Microsoft has not hedged on, however, is the TPM 2.0 revision level that most current PCs lack. TPM, short for Trusted Platform Module, is a CPU-independent processing chip that stores information vital for cryptography and protection in modern PCs. Most computers released within the last 5-10 years have some form of TPM, but are limited to revision 1.2.
MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS AT TIME OF RELEASE*
CURRENT WINDOWS 11 VERSION IS 22H2, RELEASED SEPTEMBER 20, 2022
Based on tests run on two legacy systems, we can confirm the following with Windows 11 *build 22000, which is the "release" build. During installation, your build may be updated to a later subversion, such as 22000.434
- Your computer MUST use UEFI, not Legacy BIOS boot mode
- Your computer MUST have Secure Boot turned ON
- Your hard disk MUST be formatted as NTFS with GPT Partition Structure
- You MUST have at least TPM 1.2 turned ON. Tests were run with an Infineon Trusted Platform Module on an Asus BP6375
- Your processor MUST be at least of Core I5 or I7 variety, or AMD equivalent, released in late 2012 or later.
- It is SUGGESTED to have at least 1-4 GB of RAM installed, although Windows 10 is similar in that regard.
- These specifications are subject to change with a future build.
Otherwise... Windows 10 will continue to be supported and updated on those PCs incompatible with Windows 11 until 2025. There are published workarounds to allow the installation on unsupported hardware; one such example is here...
...but this does NOT mean that you are guaranteed to receive security updates from Microsoft, or will be eligible for future free upgrades.
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