The minimum system requirements for Windows 11 are higher than those for Windows 10. As a result, some users will not be able to upgrade to the latest version of the system, scheduled for release in October 2021 (and the beta version will be available on June 28). Understanding this, Microsoft has provided a convenient way to check if it will be possible to upgrade a Windows 10 to Windows 11. But you can also find out manually.
1. Official PC Health Check Program
The easiest and most effective way to find out if a Windows 10 computer can upgrade to Windows 11 is to use an official program from Microsoft called PC Health Check.
Once the application is installed, you can test your computer’s compatibility with the click of a button.
2. Checking system requirements manually
Windows 11 has increased the minimum system requirements compared to Windows 10, with the most significant changes related to the processor and memory. Windows 11 does not support 32-bit chipsets and requires twice the amount of RAM and storage.
- Processor: 64-bit, dual-core, 1 GHz.
- RAM: 4 GB.
- Storage: 64 GB.
- Display: 9 inches, 1366 × 768 pixels.
- Graphics: DirectX 12 compatible, WDDM 2.x drivers.
- Security: UEFI, Secure Boot, and TPM 2.0.
Security requirements deserve special attention, in particular the need to have TPM 2.0 crypto chips. It is installed mainly in computers with a price higher than the average, so many users may not have this chipset. Now this question is not entirely clear, but some foreign media write that the presence of TPM 2.0 is required to install Windows 11 “out of the box,” but not for an upgrade – you will still be able to update a computer with Windows 10. Still, in this case, Microsoft does not guarantee perfect work systems.
To check if your computer has TPM 2.0, you need to start the Run menu (Win + R) and enter the command tpm.msc – in the section “Status,” there will be an answer.