Windows 11
Introducing Windows 11

Are you excited for the new Windows experience after watching this Windows 11 overview video? If yes, you can get a free upgrade to Windows 11 if and only if your current Windows 10 PC meets the Windows 11 system requirements to run.

The basic hardware requirements of Windows 11 are almost same as Windows 10 but there is a catch. Even your existing Windows 10 PC is running in the most current version of Windows 10, it might not be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

How to check if your PC is compatible with Windows 11?

So, there are a couple of way to check if your PC is eligible for Windows 11 upgrade. You can download and run the PC Health Check app and it will let you know that your computer is ready for Windows 11 or not.

Here are the system requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC.

Processor:A compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC) with 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores
Storage:64 GB or larger storage device
System firmware:UEFI, Secure Boot capable
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: To complete Windows 11 Home setup and some cloud-powered features require Internet connectivity and a Microsoft account

In addition, there are some feature-specific hardware capabilities are required (optionally) such as:

5G support5G capable modem
Auto HDRHDR capable monitor
BitLocker to GoUSB flash drive (available in Windows 11 Pro and above editions)
Client Hyper-VSecond Level Address Translation (SLAT) capabilities in CPU (available in Windows Pro and above editions).
Cortana, and Multiple Voice Assistant (MVA)Microphone and Speaker
DirectStorageNVMe SSD and DirectX12 GPU with Shader Model 6.0 support
DirectX 12 UltimateAvailable with supported games and graphics cards
Snap3-column layouts require a display with 1920 effective pixels or greater in width (In general, FullHD or higher)
Spatial SoundSupporting hardware and software
Intelligent Video Conferencing, and TeamsVideo Camera, Microphone and Speaker
Two-factor AuthenticationUse of PIN, biometric authentication, or a phone with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities
Wi-Fi 6EWLAN IHV hardware and driver and a Wi-Fi 6E capable AP/router
Windows HelloIR Camera or Fingerprint Reader for biometric authentication
Windows ProjectionDisplay adapter with Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 and Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct.
Xbox (app)Internet connectivity and an Xbox Live account

The processors listed in the tables below are officially supported for Windows 11 (soft floor):

Intel CPUsAMD CPUsQualcomm CPUs
8th Gen (Coffee Lake)Ryzen 2000 (Pinnacle Ridge)Snapdragon 850
9th Gen (Coffee Lake Refresh)Ryzen 3000 (Matisse)Snapdragon 7c
10th Gen (Comet Lake)Ryzen 3000 (Picasso)Snapdragon 8c
10th Gen (Ice Lake)Ryzen 4000 (Renoir)Snapdragon 8cx
11th Gen (Rocket Lake)Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer)Snapdragon 8cx (Gen2)
11th Gen (Tiger Lake)Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne)Microsoft SQ1
Xeon Skylake-SPRyzen 5000 (Lucienne)Microsoft SQ2
Xeon Cascade Lake-SPRyzen Threadripper 2000
Xeon Cooper Lake-SPRyzen Threadripper 3000
Xeon Ice Lake-SPRyzen Threadripper Pro 3000
 EPYC 2nd Gen (Rome)
 EPYC 3rd Gen (Milan)

If you are looking to buy a new Windows 10 PC that has got it all, look for “Free upgrade to Windows 11” on the fact tag.

Windows 11 supported Microsoft Surface devices

Windows 11 is compatible with these Surface computers. You can install Windows 11 on any of these Surface models. This list will be updated as other compatible models become available.

Surface ComputersWindows 11 Support
Surface Book
Surface Book 3 13.5″Yes
Surface Book 3 13.5″ with dGPUYes
Surface Book 3 15″Yes
Surface Book 2 (Intel 8th-gen CPU)Yes
Surface Book 2 (Intel 7th-gen CPU) No
Surface Book with Performance BaseNo
Surface BookNo
Surface Go
Surface Go 2Yes
Surface Go with LTE AdvancedNo
Surface GoNo
Surface Laptop
Surface Laptop GoYes
Surface Laptop 4 (Intel CPU)Yes
Surface Laptop 4 (AMD CPU)Yes
Surface Laptop 3 13″Yes
Surface Laptop 3 15″ (AMD CPU)Yes
Surface Laptop 3 15″ for Business (Intel CPU)Yes
Surface Laptop 2Yes
Surface LaptopNo
Surface Pro
Surface Pro 7+Yes
Surface Pro X (SQ2)Yes
Surface Pro X (SQ1) Yes
Surface Pro 7Yes
Surface Pro 6Yes
Surface Pro with LTE Advanced model 1807No
Surface Pro (5th gen)No
Surface Pro 4No
Surface Pro 3No
Surface Pro 2No
Surface ProNo
Surface Hub
Surface Hub 2SYes
Surface HubNo
Surface Studio
Surface Studio 2Yes
Surface StudioNo
Surface 3No
Surface 2 (RT)No
Surface (RT)No

UPDATE 1: Microsoft has described its compatible by design approach from Windows 10 to Windows 11 categorizing the Windows 11 system requirements into two parts: (1) Hard Floor, and (2) Soft Floor.

In order to run Windows 11, devices must meet the following specifications. Devices that do not meet the hard floor cannot be upgraded to Windows 11, and devices that meet the soft floor will receive a notification that upgrade is not advised.

– Microsoft

The hard floor is as follows:

  • 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)

And here’s the soft floor:

  • Security: TPMVersion >= 2.0
  • CPU Generation

UPDATE 2: Microsoft seems to have changed its mind about the aformentioned floors and has updated the Compatibility for Windows 11 page to provide to correct the guidance around the TPM requirements for Windows 11.

New vs Old - Windows 11 System Requirements
New vs Old – Windows 11 System Requirements

So, if you want to install Windows 11 on your old PC, it must meet the abosolute hardware requirements (i.e. soft floor) of Windows 11 that demands 8th Gen or Ryzen 2000 and newer CPUs with TPM 2.0 support.

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