Microsoft Windows 11 is on the way is the next version of Microsoft’s operating system, and comes with a brand new design and some updated features but will have to satisfy the system requirements
Windows 11 features a streamlined new design, with pastel-like colours and rounded corners, and overall a more Mac-like look.
The Windows Start menu has moved from the bottom left of the screen to the middle, with app icons arranged in the centre next to it. You’ll also find widgets that give you information on the weather, stocks, news and more
How to check if your PC is compatible with Microsoft Windows 11?
There is a tool that will check whether your PC has the required hardware for Windows 11. This tool is called PC Health Checkup and it is free to download from the Microsoft website. Just run it on your PC or laptop, and the tool will tell you whether your machine can support Windows 11 or not.
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.
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.
|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|
Microsoft Windows 11 Price and Availability
Windows 11 will be available free to download from the start of this year’s holiday season. The rollout will continue into 2022. It is worth noting that to download Windows 11 free, you will need a genuine copy of Windows 10. A fresh installation of Windows 11 may require a purchase
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