Windows 11 System Requirements: What We Know

by Andy Cresswell -
Windows 11 System Requirements: What We Know

Microsoft’s Windows 11 is a hot topic right now but, that doesn’t surprise me, it always is when they decide to announce a new operating system.

But, do you know what makes this new windows version announcement really special? It’s 100% free for existing Windows users.

Finally, though, Windows 11 is official, announced by the team on June 24 2021. It seems as though the Microsoft team took a leaf out of Apple’s book and realised there are huge benefits to making your operating system free – including faster adoption and updates being installed.

Windows 11 Release Date

Speaking about taking a leaf out of Apple’s book, it’s been said that Microsoft will also be releasing yearly updates as well, much like Apple currently does. So while it might feel like operating systems are becoming slightly homogenised, I don’t think this is something to worry about going forward – they both hold their differences and ideal applications.

Enough procrastination. I suppose you are still wondering what sort of military-grade supercomputer we will need to run Windows 11?

Windows 11 System Requirements

Desktop System Requirements for Windows 11

Windows 11 system requirements have always been the first focus for any new release. It’s well known that initial system requirements to run new Windows operating systems can be initially quite high (can anyone say Windows XP?), but Windows 11 hardware requirements seem forgiving, to say the least.

  • 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 gigabyte (GB)
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • 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 colour channel
  • Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.

It should be noted that, as always, you won’t be able to update or use some specific features without an internet connection and a valid Microsoft account.

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Andy Cresswell

PerformancePSU Editor

Andy is the Founder & Editor of PerformancePSU with over 25 years of experience building custom PCs, watercooling and overclocking. When his thirst for more speed is under control, he is a programmer and father of one.
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