Unlike Apple’s approach when it comes to major OS updates, in which Apple releases a new major version every year, Microsoft usually takes several years in between major Windows versions. They do release major patches every so often, but making the jump between Windows versions doesn’t happen as frequently.
However, there is the question of whether or not your computer can run Windows 11, and if you are planning to make the upgrade, here’s how you can check if your computer is Windows 11 ready.
Check if your computer is Windows 11 ready
- Download the PC Health Check app from Microsoft’s website
- Install the app
- Run it
- Click Check now
It should be noted at this time of posting, the PC Health Check app is actually no longer available on Microsoft’s website.
The company had initially launched the app but later took it down after numerous complaints from users, but they are expected to relaunch it later. For those who had previously downloaded the app, the steps above still work.
If you didn’t get a chance to download it, you can actually use third-party apps to check if your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements. One of those tools is WhyNotWin11 that you can download from GitHub.
- Download the WhyNotWin11 tool from GitHub
- Run it
- If all the boxes come back checked green, it means you’re good to go
According to Microsoft, the minimum requirements for Windows 11 are:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
- Display: >9″ with HD Resolution (720p)
- Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home
Yes, Windows 11 will be a free upgrade if you’re upgrading from Windows 10 assuming you meet the minimum requirements above.