Can your PC handle Windows 11? Here’s how to find out

Microsoft has just released the first stable, public beta for Windows 11, but not everyone will be able to install it. Although Windows 11 appears to be more of a visual overhaul than a dramatic reinvention of the operating system, Microsoft has made some key changes that make it unique to newer hardware. Even some of the company’s Surface devices won’t be able to run Windows 11, so here’s how to find out if your PC will.

What are the minimum specifications?

These are the official minimum specifications for Windows 11:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores in a 64-bit processor supported or system on a chip (SoC)
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB or more
  • Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot Capability
  • Security: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphic card: DirectX 12 or later compatible with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • Display: 720p, at least 9 ″ diagonal
  • An Internet connection is required to install Windows 11 Home Edition.

There are some others requirements for specific characteristics, but these are the basics necessary for everything to work.

At first glance, that doesn’t seem like a bad thing. 1 GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage? Even computers from 10 years ago could do that. But there are other factors.