Microsoft has just taken the wraps off Windows 11. The new OS brings a revamped Start menu without Live Tiles and new icon positioning on the taskbar. The changes brought about by Windows 11 are similar to those brought about by Windows 10X. Many Windows users are keen to hear the answer to whether or not their PC will be upgradeable to Windows 11 and whether it will be a free upgrade? This post will guide you on how you can check if your PC is Upgradable to Windows 11 or not.
Topics Covered in this post
- Minimum System Requirements
- How to Check If Your PC Is Upgradeable to Windows 11
- Fix: This PC can’t run Windows 11
- Windows 11 Features
One of the topics may need access to the BIOS or UEFI
Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements
With Windows 11, the company requires the screen size to be larger than 9 inches, meaning that phones and mini tablets under that size won’t be supported. Furthermore, Windows 10 now requires 64GB of storage space and 4GB of RAM, up from 32GB and 2GB. You can find a list of all the requirements mentioned below.
- A modern 1Ghz 64-bit dual-core processor
- 8th-gen Core CPU and above
- Ryzen 2000 series and above
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB drive
- 9-inch display
- 1366×768 resolution
- UEFI, Secure Boot & TPM 2.0 compatible
- DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WWDM 2.x
How to Check If Your PC Is Upgradeable to Windows 11
You can use the Windows 11 Compatibility Checker/PC Health app to help you determine if your current computer can run Windows 11. Here’s how to do so.
- Head over to Windows 11’s official page in a web browser and scroll down until you reach the Check for Compatibility section.
- Now, click on the option stating Download App to start downloading the application.
- Once downloaded, open the file and set it up as a regular Windows program.
- Once successfully installed, run the Windows compatibility checker or so named PC Health Checker from the icon present on your home screen.
- You’ll notice some details about your PC being mentioned in this Window along with the option for Check Now under the title Windows 11.
- Click on the Check Now button to begin the process. Once complete, Windows will show you a prompt whether your device is ready or not for an upgrade to Windows 11.
Fix: This PC can’t run Windows 11
If the only problem upgrading the PC to Windows 11 is the TPM, it can be enabled via the BIOS or UEFI. Most of the modern PCs support it else; you can add it externally. Intel calls it PTT (Platform Trust Technology), and AMD calls it fTPM (Firmware TPM).
Make sure to enable the firmware-based TPM in the UEFI. Once enabled, restart the computer and run the PC Health Check application. Make sure to read our complete guide on how to enable TPM in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Note: Microsoft says that TPM 2.0 is recommended, but the upgrade is also possible with 1.2. However, they don’t recommend it. Probably in the future, some features will only work with 2.0
Microsoft PC Health Check app is now updated to reveal the exact problem of why the PC cannot be upgraded to Windows 11. The image below, clearly mentions that TPM 2.0 is required.
Related: Install Windows 11 on PC without TPM
Windows 11 Features:
With Windows 11, Microsoft’s new App Store also emphasizes the importance of apps. Widget compatibility is also improved with the new OS. A system-wide dark mode and a system-wide light mode are also now made available.
- Live Tiles have been dropped from the new Start menu, and the interface is now similar to the launchers of Chrome OS and Android. A separate search section, apps, and recent documents are also available. macOS and Chrome OS are clearly influencing the look of Windows 11.
- Microsoft has also introduced Snap Layouts, making it easy to snap apps into Windows 11’s various modes quickly. Thanks to Snap Groups, Windows 11 can also remember where you store your apps. The ability to open apps on the correct screen every time it is restarted looks useful for supporting multiple monitors.
- Additionally, Windows 11 puts a lot of emphasis on performance. The updates in Windows now run in the background, alongside being 40 percent smaller, making them much more efficient.
- Windows 11 also has a lot of new widgets, as well as touchscreen gestures. A widget is an artificial intelligence-powered feed, which builds on the widgets from previous versions of Windows. It is located on the left side of Windows 11 and can be expanded to full-screen. Newsfeeds, weather forecasts, and maps are a few widgets built into the OS.
- Here’s the big news: Windows 11 will support Android apps. Windows 11 will use Intel Bridge technology to make this a reality, and Microsoft has partnered with Amazon and Intel to make it a reality.
The new Windows user interface is certainly modern and in line with the new generation of computers. That said, is your PC compatible with Windows 11? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.