Putting an end to all the rumors and speculations, Microsoft finally unveiled Windows 11 on June 24th. Microsoft has also announced that early access to Windows 11 is going to begin in the following weeks. The presentation by Microsoft included announcements of many new features such as support for Android apps (you can install and run Android apps on Windows 11).
For the rest of the Windows users, Windows 11 will be released near the end of this year. When it is released, you can download it and install it on your PC. However, there are some changes with the system requirements for Windows 11 such as requirement of TPM 2.0 which may not be present in older computers.
In general your PC must have a minimum of:
- 4 GB RAM
- 1 GHz or faster CPU with 2 or more cores (only 64-bit processors are supported)
- DirectX 12.0 compatible GPU
- 64 GB or larger SSD or HDD
- Secure Boot enabled in UEFI
- TPM version 2.0 enabled in UEFI (TPM lower than 2.0 is not supported)
One easy way to find out whether you can install Windows 11 on your existing PC is through PC Health Check app. Here is how:
- Download and install PC Health Check app from https://aka.ms/GetPCHealthCheckApp. It works only on Windows 10.
- Launch the newly installed app and let it run for a couple of minutes.
- In the PC Health Check app, you will find a banner “Introducing Windows 11”. Click on Check Now button underneath this banner.
- After a few seconds, you will see the results. If your PC meets all the requirements, you will see the message “This PC can run Windows 11”.
- However, if your PC does not meet all the hardware requirements then you will see the message – “This PC cannot run Windows 11”.
If your PC is only a couple of years old and is not the low budget range computer then perhaps your PC is ready for Windows 11. Desktop PC users can always upgrade their motherboard and processor to install Windows 11. Notebook users might have to invest in new Windows 11 ready laptops for using Windows 11.