Windows 11 requirements

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Here are the current Windows 11 requirements for services and hardware.

According to Microsoft, the upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will be free of charge.

back-to-topUpdate:


Microsoft today updated their "Compatibility for Windows 11" page and added an important detail: "Hard Floor" and "Soft Floor". Hard Floor means that the requirements are mandatory and cannot be circumvented, Soft Floor means that this requirement is a recommendation but not mandatory to follow. A small but fine detail, which leads a lot of information, like the own CPU compatibility lists ad absurdum. Because since today it says:

back-to-topHard Floor:


  • CPU: Core >= 2 and Speed >= 1 GHz
  • System Memory: TotalPhysicalRam >= 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Security: TPM Version >= 1.2 and SecureBootCapable = True
  • Smode: Smode is false, or Smode is true and C_ossku in (0x65, 0x64, 0x63, 0x6D, 0x6F, 0x73, 0x74, 0x71)

back-to-topSoft Floor:


  • Security: TPM Version >= 2.0
  • CPU Generation

This takes the obligation of TPM 2.0 and also the current CPU compatibility lists off the table. TPM 1.2 should also work, but it is not recommended.

back-to-topHardware requirements


To install or upgrade to Windows 11, devices must meet the following minimum hardware requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC). Supported CPUs: Intel, AMD
  • RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB) or greater.
  • Storage: 64 GB* or greater available storage is required to install Windows 11.
  • Additional storage space might be required to download updates and enable specific features.
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. (look to update)
  • Display: High definition (720p) display, 9" or greater monitor, 8 bits per color channel.
  • Internet connection: Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates, and to download and use some features.
  • Windows 11 Home edition requires an Internet connection and a Microsoft Account to complete device setup on first use.

back-to-topOperating system requirements


  • For the best Windows 11 upgrade experience, eligible devices should be running Windows 10, version 20H1 or later.
  • S mode is only supported on the Home edition of Windows 11. If you are running a different edition of Windows in S mode, you will need to first switch out of S mode prior to upgrading. Switching a device out of Windows 10 in S mode also requires internet connectivity. If you switch out of S mode, you cannot switch back to S mode later.

back-to-topFeature-specific requirements


Some features in Windows 11 have requirements beyond those listed above. See the following list of features and associated requirements.

  • 5G support: requires 5G capable modem.
  • Auto HDR: requires an HDR monitor.
  • BitLocker to Go: requires a USB flash drive. This feature is available in Windows Pro and above editions.
  • Client Hyper-V: requires a processor with second-level address translation (SLAT) capabilities. This feature is available in Windows Pro editions and above.
  • Cortana: requires a microphone and speaker and is currently available on Windows 11 for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.
  • DirectStorage: requires 1 TB or greater NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the "Standard NVM Express Controller" driver and a DirectX12 Ultimate GPU.
  • DirectX 12 Ultimate: available with supported games and graphics chips.
  • Presence: requires sensor that can detect human distance from device or intent to interact with device.
  • Intelligent Video Conferencing: requires video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output)
  • Multiple Voice Assistant: requires a microphone and speaker.
  • Snap: three-column layouts require a screen that is 1920 effective pixels or greater in width.
  • Mute and unmute: from Taskbar requires video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output). App must be compatible with feature to enable global mute/unmute.
  • Spatial Sound: requires supporting hardware and software.
  • Microsoft Teams: requires video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output).
  • Touch: requires a screen or monitor that supports multi-touch.
  • Two-factor authentication: requires use of PIN, biometric (fingerprint reader or illuminated infrared camera), or a phone with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities.
  • Voice Typing: requires a PC with a microphone.
  • Wake on Voice: requires Modern Standby power model and microphone.
  • Wi-Fi 6E: requires new WLAN IHV hardware and driver and a Wi-Fi 6E capable AP/router.
  • Windows Hello: requires a camera configured for near infrared (IR) imaging or fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. Devices without biometric sensors can use Windows Hello with a PIN or portable Microsoft compatible security key. For more information, see IT tools to support Windows 10, version 21H1.
  • Windows Projection: requires a display adapter that supports Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 and a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Xbox app: requires an Xbox Live account, which is not available in all regions. Please go to the Xbox Live Countries and Regions page for the most up-to-date information on availability. Some features in the Xbox app will require an active Xbox Game Pass subscription.

Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/whats-new/windows-11-requiremen ...

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