Can My PC Install Windows 11

Microsoft has launched its new operating system Windows 11 on October 5th, 2021. Are you planning to install this new version on your PC? Do you want to know whether your PC can install Windows 11?

Here is the new Windows 11 video by Microsoft. Take a look and explore all the new features it offers:

We have done some research on the internet and would like to share with you what we have found out. In this article, we show you what are the things you need to look out for before installing Windows 11.

Hope this guide provides you with some insight into what we have learned from this exercise.

Minimum System Requirements To Run Windows 11

Here is the minimum requirement your PC needs to have, in order to install Windows 11:

Processor1GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor.
RAM4GB.
Storage64GB or larger storage device.
System firmwareUEFI, Secure Boot capable.
TPMTrusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 (is used for identity protection and
BitLocker for data protection).
Graphics cardCompatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
DisplayHigh definition (720p) display greater than 9″ diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
Internet connection
and Microsoft
account
Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account.
Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity.

Looking at the above requirements, you should take note of 2 particular requirements which is critical for your PC to run Windows 11. These 2 components are the System Firmware and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Secure Boot Capable PC

Secure Boot is an important security feature to protect your PC from malicious software from loading when you boot up the computer. It can only be changed in the PC firmware (the BIOS) and need a technical specialist to handle it.

Microsoft is making this feature mandatory to protect your PC against increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks. More hardware-assisted security is going to be put in place by Microsoft to protect your computer.

Trusted Platform Module 2.0

Windows 11 require an additional security feature called Trusted Platform Module (TPM) support.

This is a hardware-based security-related function and requires IT professionals to do it. There is a hardware TPM chip to carry out cryptographic operations, and it includes multiple physical security mechanisms.

The previous version is TPM 1.2 and can be found in Windows version 1607 (RS1). TPM 2.0 was released in October 2014, therefore a lot of older hardware will not work with Windows 11.

Because TPM 2.0 requires UEFI firmware, if your PC comes with legacy BIOS, TPM 2.0 will not work.

Windows Display Driver Model 2.0

This version is only available from Windows 10 and the latest version as in 2021 is WDDM 3.0 as of October 2021. Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) aims to support better graphics performance, new graphics functionality, and stability.

You can check your current PC WDDM version by typing dxdiag into your Taskbar search. This will open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, reports you all the detailed information about the DirectX components and drivers installed on your system.

Windows 10/11 Home vs Pro vs S Mode

Home is the standard version for Windows 10 or 11. It is targeting the general consumer market, containing all the core features in a PC.

The Professional version of Windows 10 or 11 has additional features than the Home version on security and management services. The powerful and configurable BitLocker Encryption is one of the features only contain in the Pro version.

Windows 10/11 in S Mode is a version Microsoft configured to run on lighter devices and gives you higher security and simplified PC management. It makes the Windows run faster, prolongs the battery life, is more secure, and is easy to manage. When in S mode, only apps from Windows Store are allowed to install. Also, the browser needs to be Microsoft Edge and the search engine must be Bing.

Take note that Microsoft has committed to supporting Windows 10 till 2025, beyond it the company will not provide any further security and feature updates.

Tool To Check Your PC For Windows 11 Eligibility

Microsoft has made it easy for you to check whether your PC is suitable to install Windows 11. You may download the PC Health Check App and do a compatibility check.

Microsoft Windows 11 compatibility check tool

As a general guide, PCs purchased in 2016 or before are unlikely to meet Windows 11 minimum requirement. Therefore, do consider getting a new PC if you would like to explore the new and advanced features of Windows 11.

In order to download the PC Health Check App, Windows 10 version 1803 or later is needed. We try downloading the App on our Windows 7 PC, the below message appears on our PC screen:

Windows 11 PC Health Check Setup

For those of you who have an Amazon account, you may wish to check out the new Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Laptop. It has a model which runs on Windows 11 out of the box and has a very good rating by Amazon Vine Voices (Amazon trusted reviewers).

Other Option To Check Windows 11 Compatibility

Apart from Microsoft’s own tool to check your PC eligibility for Windows 11, you may use a third-party tool to check. Below is the other alternative you can consider:

WhyNotWin11 app

This is an open-source app by Github, allowing you to check whether your PC can run Windows 11. It performs the check by running a small script.

There are 11 categories to check on, based on the current app version 2.4.2.1 as of November 2021. These categories are Boot type, CPU generation, CPU compatibility, CPU Core Count, CPU frequency, DirectX support, Disk Partitioning, RAM installed, Secure boot support, Storage available, TPM version.

WhyNotWin11 app from Github

Final Thought

Windows has been part of our life for 35 years, since 1985 when it was introduced. It has gone through various versions and now comes to the new one, Windows 11.

As the same with other software releases, there will be bugs here and there before Windows 11 become fully functional and stable.

Windows 11 will be the new driving force for innovation, a platform for creation, and home to billions. It helps us do our job and connect with the people we love.

Windows 11 is the Windows of Tomorrow! It is the Windows that bring you closer to the things you love.

Get your Windows 11 Ready PC today!

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2 thoughts on “Can My PC Install Windows 11”

  1. Like many others I am sure Windows is the life and blood upon which my PC functions. I currently have installed on my Thinkpad Windows10 and would like to upgrade to the 11 version. I have taken your advice and run the PC Health Check App and found that it would be okay for me to install. I am very concerned about security and breaches and am grateful for the advice about how to improve security. I will actually contact my IT support and determine whether TPM is something to install now. Appreciate this information. It is indeed timely.

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    • Glad that this article provide useful information to you, and also it is good to hear that your Thinkpad is eligible to upgrade to Windows 11.

      There are many useful features incorporating into the new Windows 11, and we expect more people will be switching to it in 2022!

      By incorporating the Microsoft Team at the task bar, it will encourage more people to use it and help us to communicate more frequently with our love ones.

      Thank you for the comment and enjoy the new Windows of Tomorrow!

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