Microsoft just unveiled its latest operating system, Windows 11. Set to be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, it brings some nice visual overhaul to the user interface for a cleaner, more modern look; it can even run Android apps. However, some PCs, especially older ones, will not be able to run the shiny new operating system.
In order to run Windows 11, certain hardware requirements have to be met. While most of them aren’t particularly demanding – you only need a 1GHz processor with two or more cores, 4GB of RAM, and at least 64GB of storage – one of them is a little tricky: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 is required for Windows 11.
Granted, TPM 2.0 has been around for quite some time. Most modern PCs ( that is, machines that were released in the past five years) support TPM 2.0. However, if your PC or laptop dates back even longer than that, there’s no guarantee it will be able to run Windows 11.
Of course, there is an easy to check if your Windows machine supports Windows 11. All you need to do is download the Microsoft’s PC Health Check app over here to check for compatibility. If you have a custom PC, make sure that TPM is enabled through your BIOS if it says your system is incompatible with Windows 11.
As Microsoft’s Director of OS Security, David Weston, pointed out, TPM is called “Intel PTT” for Intel chips, while AMD uses the term “AMD PSP fTPM” – look for these settings in your BIOS page.
No release date was given for Windows 11, though Microsoft did say the new operating system will be coming “later this year” as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users.