Everything you need to know before making the switch

An older computer is usually enough for Windows 11. However, in terms of processor and security module, the operating system has special requirements.

The system requirements for Windows 11 are basically not particularly high. With a fairly modern computer, the operating system should work on your computer. However, there are a few things you need to know before installing the new Microsoft operating system.

We first came to the minimum official requirements that your system must meet if you want to upgrade to Windows 11. They look like this:

Windows 11 system requirements

  • processor: At least 1 Gigahertz with at least two cores
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • graphic card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or higher with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • TPM: Trusted platform module (TPM) version 2.0
  • internet connection: Windows 11 Home requires an Internet connection and a Microsoft account to configure the system
  • operating systems: Windows 10 version 2004 or later

A suitable TPM module is mandatory

An important hurdle is the TPM security module in version 2.0. It is available on many PCs, but not yet active. This can often be easily changed. You can find out how it works and what exactly a TPM module is in the article What is TPM 2.0 and what do you need it for?.

Processor limitations

In terms of processor, Windows 11 is not compatible with all models that meet the official system requirements. For Intel CPUs it must be at least an 8th generation device, from AMD must be from the Ryzen 2000 series or newer. Microsoft has created a list of compatible processors for both manufacturers:

Especially the lack of official support for the once popular models like Core i7 7700K or Ryzen 7 1800X, which are not so old, has caused controversy. In a blog post, Microsoft explains in more detail why it is staying that way. Therefore, the decisive factors are security, reliability and compliance.

Installation without TPM module and CPU supported

The buzz around TPM and CPU requirements has at least ensured that Microsoft itself explains how installation works with devices that are not actually supported. To do this, you need to create a registry entry, which works as follows:

  1. Open the registry by pressing regedit in the search box in the start menu
  2. Go to the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ Setup \ MoSetup. You may need to create the MoSetup folder manually.
  3. Now add a new DWORD key called AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU to the right panel and set a value of 1.

You can then install Windows 11 from the current operating system using the official wizard or start the installation via Windows Update. An installation guide through the assistant can be found in the article Install Windows 11: All information about upgrade, ISO file and new installation.

Windows 11 with prohibited devices: We have already tested Windows 11 itself with a CPU that is not actually supported and found no problems. However, Microsoft does not recommend this procedure and it can not be ruled out that it could lead to problems in the future.

So check if your computer is compatible with Windows 11

If you think you meet the requirements anyway: Excellent! However, you can still play it safe by running Microsoft Windows 11 Integrity Check. This will then tell you immediately if you can install Windows 11 without any problems or not.

If you installed Windows 11 as described above without meeting the system requirements, Microsoft may soon interrupt you with an annoying move. You can learn more about this in the following article:

Microsoft is apparently planning annoying measures for older PCs


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Microsoft is apparently planning annoying measures for older PCs

Windows 11 in transition

To make the transition to Windows 11 enjoyable for you, the operating system is constantly changing. Microsoft diligently releases the right updates that bring new features and functionality. Even for players, there will soon be a valid reason for the change. You can find out all about future updates in these articles:

Are you already using Windows 11 or did you want to use it and the requirements have ruined your plans? Or have you bypassed the installation restrictions and installed Windows 11 anyway? Tell us in the comments.

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