Windows 11 is finally here, and it’s available as a free upgrade for a limited number of devices. The new generation operating system from Microsoft features a significant visual overhaul, including new icons, windows, and menus, among other things. The OS keeps the general Windows 10 usage format largely consistent, but unlike previous upgrades, Microsoft will not be offering it as a free upgrade to all Windows PCs. The system requirements have been increased significantly from previous minimum requirements, and future laptops will begin to include it preloaded.
Minimum PC requirements for Windows 11
The latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 11, provides a premium interface upgrade over the previous version, Windows 10. A dual-core, 64-bit processor with a clock speed of at least 1GHz is required to run it, according to Microsoft. The following is a complete list of minimum requirements:
- Processor: 1GHz or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or SoC
- RAM: 4GB or greater
- Storage: 64GB or greater available storage to install Windows 11.
- Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- Display: High definition (720p) display, 9″ or greater monitor, 8 bits per colour channel
- Microsoft Account and Internet Connection: Windows 11 Home edition requires a Microsoft account and internet connection to complete the setup for the first time.
A new interface, which includes new icons, a center-aligned Start menu that is also simplified in terms of layout, new icons for system folders in File Explorer, and more, is at the heart of Windows 11. A new widgets menu slides out to respond to touch, or it can be accessed from the taskbar. Snap Windows, which enables multitasking across multiple displays, is also included. As a result, the new OS is perfectly aligned for touch performance. It also includes Microsoft Teams, a redesigned notifications menu, and a new Actions Centre for quick settings, similar to Apple’s FaceTime. The settings menu has also been redesigned.
However, new features such as the universal mute button and, most notably, support for Android apps via the new, redesigned Microsoft Store have yet to be added. When the Windows 11 update cycle kicks off, more updates should follow.