The new Windows 11 operating system should be compatible with the vast majority of PCs on the market, according to a Windows blog post published Thursday.
But if you’re planning to upgrade your current PC, we recommend you make sure the updated operating system will work on your computer. Otherwise, you’ll probably need to replace your PC by 2025 as Microsoft phases out Windows 10 over the next several years.
Read more: Should you buy a new Windows laptop now, or wait for Windows 11?
How to check if your laptop can run Windows 11
Follow these steps to test whether your PC meets the system requirements for Windows.
1. Download Microsoft’s PC Health Check here. Open the file, agree to the terms of service and click Install. Make sure the box is checked that says Open PC Health Check, and click Finish.
2. The app home page that pops up says “PC health at a glance.” At the top, a box reads “Introducing Windows 11.” Click Check now.
If your machine is not compatible, you’ll get a message that says, “This PC will not run Windows 11.” Though at first this was all you could see, on Friday, Microsoft updated the tool to give you more detailed information on what system requirements were not met.
If your machine is compatible, you can download the Windows 11 update for free when it becomes available around the 2021 holiday season.
System requirements to run Windows 11
Here’s the full list of system requirements for Windows 11, including at least 4 gigabytes of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 720p display larger than 9 inches diagonally.
Windows 11 Requirements
|Processor||1GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip|
|Storage||64GB or larger storage device|
|System firmware||UEFI, Secure Boot capable|
|TPM||Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0|
|Graphics card||Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver|
|Display||HD (720p) display greater than 9 inches diagonally, 8 bits per color channel|
|Internet connection and Microsoft account||For Windows 11 Home edition: internet connectivity; Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use For all Windows 11 editions: internet access to perform updates and to download and use some features; Microsoft account for some features|