All you need to know about the confusing pc requirements of Windows 11

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Windows 11 is coming later this year.
Image: Microsoft – It may not be obvious, even when your computer is able to run Windows 11. The system requirements for Windows 11 upgrades were not easily identifiable between TPMs, CPUs and UEFIs. Microsoft changed them for early adopters only hours after the first Insider Preview Build had been pushed out. If you ask exactly what you are going to have to do with Windows 11, we’re here for you to make sense of it.

Let’s begin with the Central Processing Unit (CPU), a brain that can help you decide how quickly your computer runs (or at least how quickly it can get through key calculations). The official thumbs were originally provided for Microsoft’s newest operating system, as well as Qualcomm’s Series 7 and 8 silicon, with just eight-generation Intel Core processors (launched in 201 7), AMD Zen 2 processors (started in 2019).

read more : What is “TPM” and why do you want Windows 11 running?

Microsoft now says it is going to test 7th gen chips Intel and AMD Zen 1 during the preview stage, to see how good they hold up. Microsoft has not been showing the cost of the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 devices. Actually, it is currently putting forward any detailed recommendations on processors. Furthermore, no CPU requirements at least not yet need to be met by the Insider Preview Builds.

The argument of Microsoft is that certain older hardware technologies must be left behind for Windows 11 to be as reliable, secure and compatible as it must be—it doesn’t necessarily represent pure performance problems; rather, it’s about enabling features like Windows Hello to connect biometrically to your PC.

You can try out an Insider Preview Build now.
Image: Microsoft

The current Windows 11 system updates list a 64-bit CPU with two or more cores at or faster 1 GHz. You will need at least 4GB of RAM, the think-tank where your computer manages open applications and files, and at least 64GB storage for your operating system and applications.

Windows 11 will also need the latest standard DirectX 12 graphs — launched in 2015 together with Windows 10 so you ought to be all right — and displays larger than 9 inches in size with a minimum resolution of 720p. In addition, you will need a Microsoft account to use Windows 11, and a web connection will be necessary as well.

At the very basic level, your PC needs the Secure Boot UEFI (UNIFI) to support the integrity of the start-up process. Substituting the old BIOS (Basic Input / Output System) to manage hardware and operating system interactions, UEFI has been around at this point for several decades now, so you should not be faced with any headaches.

The other key system requirements most confusing is that a 2.0 TPM or Trusted Platform Module has to be developed, though it should be stressed that the Insider Preview Build stage has been abandoned, like the Intel and AMD CPU requirements.

In other words, TPM is an additional safety feature. Physically speaking, it is a chip attached to a computer’s CPU or motherboard, and one of its tasks is to take care of suspected behaviour. This might be a ransomware attack or a malware that is installing itself on your PC, for instance. It adds an existing hardware security level (like an antivirus scanner) to the existing software level and acts as a burglary alarm to alerte intruder.

A TPM’s other primary role is to save sensitive information securely: passwords, encryption keys, etc. As separated from the hard drive, it means that without authorization the data on that drive is more difficult to access. For instance, by removing the drive from the computer, encrypted data could not be read because the TPM wouldn’t be available to enable it.

Windows 10 will tell you most of your PC’s specs.
Screenshot: Windows 10

For five or six years, TPMs have been on a PC so unless you run the older machine, you probably already have one – even if it is confusing, it may not be turned on. It is best to search the web for the CPU in your PC, check whether there is a TPM on board and check how to do it (it has different names from different manufacturers, which are not so helpful). It is also possible to manually fit TPM chips, though this is a very involved process.

The confusion about TPM 2.0 leads in part to Microsoft pulling the initially released PC Health Check app for the compatibility of Windows 11. The app simply gave a pass or failed instead of showing users a detailed description of which components met or did not comply—or saying anything useful, such as whether a handicapped TPM 2.0 chip is present, or not.

Before Windows 11 gets masses pressed, Microsoft says, a new and improved PC Health Check app will be released. In the meantime, the open source WhyNot11 can be specified to detail every requirement and to tell you if your Windows 10 machine meets the required standard.

With regard to the diagnostic tools already included in the Windows 10 system, you can select the start menu Settings and then click the System and About to view some of your machine’s specifications, although you will probably need to make some additional research to see what your CPU generates. If you want Windows 11 as soon as possible and you can run it, Microsoft has details of what it’s all about, and you can also check out our upgrade guide.