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Can My PC Run Windows 11?

October 5th is coming, and Windows 11 will be finally released to the market. Many users who haven’t yet installed the Windows 11 build may still have the question: can my PC run Windows 11.

In this article, we will show you the system requirements of Windows 11, how to check your PC information and tell you what should you do if your PC cannot run it.

Windows 11 System Requirements

Before installing Windows 11, please check the minimum system requirement claimed by Microsoft:

Processor 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor.
RAM 4 GB.
Storage 64 GB or larger storage device.
System firmware UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
TPM TPM version 2.
Graphics card DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
Display High definition (720p) display.
Internet connection
and Microsoft account
Internet connectivity and a Microsoft account are required.
Windows 11 System Requirements

How to Check: Can My PC Run Windows 11?

Method 1: Check PC hardware information manually

  • Launch Start menu by clicking Windows icon and select Settings;
  • Under System, choose About;
  • All your hardware information of your PC will shown to you on the right of the screen.

If your PC meets all the above basic requirements by Windows 11, you can now direct install or update your system.

Method 2: Run WhyNotWin11 to check whether your PC is compatible with Windows 11

Being different from the Windows 11 PC health check app, WhyNotWin11 is a tool that will not only tell you the result whether your PC or desktop will work well with Windows 11 or not, but also tell you the reason why your computer is not compatible with it.

Basic information of WhyNotWin11:

  • Author: Robert C. Maehl
  • Size: 2.23 MB
  • License: Open Source on Github
  • Download link: Click here
 Minimum Requirements*Recommended
OSWindows 8.1Latest Windows 10 Build
CPU32-bit Single Core64-bit Dual Core or Higher
RAM (Memory)40MB Free100MB Free
Disk (Storage)5MB Free100MB Free
LimitationsDirectX 12 Check InaccurateNone
System Requirements of WhyNotWin11

Steps to Run WhyNotWin11:

  • Download it from the link above;
  • Install it and Run as Administrator after installation;
  • It will scan your PC and give you a result.
Test result of WhyNotWin11

What Shall I Do If My PC Cannot Run Windows 11?

First, we should update the hardware which can not meet the requirement listed above. Second, we need to get a new PC to replace the current one.
However, if Windows 11 is not helpful for you, you’d better keep Windows 10 because Microsoft will not stop the support for it till 2025.

Frances

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