15 July 2021
So, Windows 11 is finally out and you must be wondering if your PC running Windows 10 is eligible to get this biggest update from Microsoft? Well, we have got you covered.
It is pretty easy to self-assess if your PC can run Windows 11. All you have to do is first check the system requirements mentioned by Microsoft itself. If your PC passes all the checks then yes, it is eligible to get updated to the biggest Windows upgrade.
Below are the enlisted basic requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC. Check if your system meets these requirements.
- Processor – 1GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor
- RAM – 4GB or above
- Storage – 64GB or above
- System firmware – UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (common on motherboards manufactured after 2016)
- Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: An HD display at least 720p (1280×720) resolution larger than 9″ diagonal, 8-bits per color channel
- Internet Connection and Microsoft Accounts: Windows 11 Home edition requires an internet connection and a Microsoft account to set up the device on first use. Switching a device out of Windows 11 S mode also requires an internet connection.
As the guide on Howtogeek points out, of all these features, the TPM 2.0 requirement could be a reason why your Windows 10 PC can’t run Windows 11. So, to check what TPM version is your Windows running, type "tpm.msc" in the Run dialog. This will tell the version of TPM and an indication if installing Windows 11 is possible or not.
Moreover, Microsoft has also provided a free PC Health Check app to help you know directly if your Windows 10 PC is capable to get the Windows 11 upgrade.
To use the app, simply download this app and install it on your Windows 10 PC. The PC Health Check app will run an analysis on your PC by itself and tell you if your PC is compatible with the Windows 11 upgrade. If you see a message that reads, “This PC can’t run Windows 11,” then your device doesn’t meet the system requirements for Windows 11.
Also, if your system failed this test unexpectedly, make sure Secure Boot is enabled in your BIOS, then restart Windows and run the PC Health Check test again.