The Windows 11 requirement for a TPM 2.0 chip and a 64-bit processor will disqualify many computers over 3 years old. The TPM requirement alone will be a deal killer for many computers. However, the 64-bit processor requirement will affect primarily low-budget computers. If a computer that shipped with the 32-bit version of Windows has a 64-bit processor, the 64-bit version of Windows can be installed.
- Check if your computer is ready for Windows 11
- Upgrade Your Computer for Windows 11
- Windows 10 End of Mainstream Support
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Windows 11 Requirements
|Processor:||1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)|
|RAM:||4 GB minimum|
|Storage:||64 GB minimum|
|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:||High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel|
|Internet connection and Microsoft accounts:||Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.|
Check if your computer is ready for Windows 11
Microsoft has created a tool to check if your computer is ready to upgrade to Windows 11. The application is named PC Health Checker. Although the requirements for Windows 11 are still not set in stone, the application will update itself automatically.
Upgrade Your Computer for Windows 11
Some older computers can be upgraded to run Windows 11. Most computers can add memory and upgrade their hard drive for additional storage. Upgrading your TPM 1.2 or adding a TPM module is less likely an option for many computers. DYI computers may be able to purchase a TPM module for their motherboard. Business model computers may have a TPM firmware upgrade available. Dell and Lenovo have offered TPM firmware updates to TPM 2.0. Check with your manufacture or contact us to see if your computer can be upgraded to be Windows 11 ready.
Windows 10 End of Mainstream Support
Microsoft has extended support for Windows 10 to September 14th, 2025. After the end of mainstream support, Windows 10 will not receive any updates and become less secure as time progresses. Four years is enough time to replace older computers before the deadline. Windows 10 is still a good operating system destined to be remembered as a Microsoft classic.
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