Windows 11: see requirements and whether your computer is compatible

Official diagnostic tool checks if your computer meets the requirements demanded by Windows 11

Microsoft confirmed the arrival of Windows 11 as a free update to users of Windows 10. While migrating to the new version of the operating system can be done at no cost, it’s important to keep in mind that Windows 11 has hardware requirements that can end up preventing you from installing the update once it becomes available.

To find out if you can install Windows 11 on your computer, you can perform a simple test, offered by Microsoft itself. In the walkthrough below, you’ll learn how to test and find out if your computer is compatible with Windows 11 — see the requirements table at the bottom of the page.

Windows 11: How to tell if your computer is compatible


Step 1. Access the official Windows 11 website (www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11). At the bottom of the page, you will find the shortcut to download the test tool. Click on “Download app” and proceed as usual with the download process;

Step 2. Find the installer you downloaded, automatically named “WindowsPCHealthCheckSetup.msi”, and run the file;

Step 3. Installation is simple and very quick. After confirming that you agree with the terms of use, click on “Install” and wait a few moments;

Step 4. To test your computer is simple. Click on the “Check Now” option, highlighted on the main screen of the program;

Step 5. After a quick test, you will receive an on-screen prompt with the diagnostic result;

What are the Windows 11 requirements?
If your computer does not pass the Windows 11 test, it means that some component of your PC does not meet the minimum requirements stipulated by Microsoft. See, below, this information:

Windows 11 requirements

ComponentRecommended minimum
Processor64-bit CPU with dual cores and 1GHz speed
RAM memory4 GB
Storage64GB
graphics cardcompatible with DirectX 12 and WDDM 2.x
Screenlarger than 9″ and with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
Systemfirmware via UEFI and with Secure Boot support
Connectivityinternet connection
SafetyTPM 2.0 module

The processor indicated by Microsoft is modest: most CPUs released in the last decade are compatible with what the system requires. In RAM, 4GB is a common total on entry-level laptops.

In terms of storage, Microsoft requires a minimum of 64 GB of space for data on disk: mechanical hard drives in current computers start at 500 GB, while the more limited SSDs in notebooks available in the Brazilian market has 128 or 256 GB of capacity. The display and graphics requirements are also quite acceptable: 9-inch screen or larger with minimum HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), plus support for DirectX 12 and Microsoft’s built-in video driver technology (WDDM 2.x).

Microsoft announced that the computer will have to have an Internet connection, suggesting that the use of a Microsoft account is mandatory, unlike what happens in Windows 10, which still supports local accounts and completely offline use.

Another point that may explain why your computer was rejected in the test is TPM 2.0. This feature is a security module coordinated by its own chip, available in newer computers. Good quality PCs and notebooks that are three or four years old may not meet this requirement.

With information from Microsoft

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