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Windows 11 System Requirements

It’s been a while since Microsoft announced Windows 11, and the dust is finally starting to settle. There are a bunch of new features on the way. Windows is getting an all-new design, a new notification center, Quick Settings, Android app support, and improvements across the board. But the one Windows 11 change that’s caught a lot of backlash in the new system requirements.

 


Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements


To run Windows 11, devices must have an Intel Core processor from at least 2017 (8th generation), or AMD Zen 2 processors from 2019 onward (Ryzen 3000 series). They'll also need at least 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of hard drive storage. Microsoft's own $3,500 Surface Studio 2 desktop, which you can buy new from the company right now, doesn't make the cut under these requirements. Microsoft is still exploring the possibility that slightly older chips will make the cut, but either way, you'll need a pretty recent device to upgrade your operating system.


PROCESSOR:

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).


RAM:

4 GB

Storage:64 GB or larger storage device

Note: See below under “More information on storage space to keep Windows 11 up-to-date” for more details.


SYSTEM FIRMWARE:

UEFI, Secure Boot capable.


TPM:

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.


GRAPHICS CARD:

Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.


DiSPLAY:

High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.


INTERNET CONNECTION & MICROSOFT ACCOUNTS:

Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.

 

What Is a TPM Chip?

A (TPM) Trusted Platform Module is a tiny chip on your computer’s motherboard or CPU providing security-related functions at a hardware level. It’s essentially a secure crypto-processor capable of carrying out operations like generating encryption keys and providing a mix of software- and hardware-based authentication in a tamper-resistant fashion.


What Is Secure Boot?

Secure Boot is a security standard developed by members of the PC industry to help make sure that a device boots using only software that is trusted by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). When the PC starts, the firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including UEFI firmware drivers (also known as Option ROMs), EFI applications, and the operating system. If the signatures are valid, the PC boots and the firmware gives control to the operating system.

The OEM can use instructions from the firmware manufacturer to create Secure boot keys and to store them in the PC firmware. When you add UEFI drivers, you'll also need to make sure these are signed and included in the Secure Boot database.


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