Update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements and PC Health Check app

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Today’s blog post provides two updates. First, an update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements based, in part, on feedback from the Windows Insider community. Second, information on the updated PC Health Check app that is now available to Windows Insiders.

Since the introduction of Windows 11, we have received valuable feedback from the Windows Insider community, our fans, customers and partners. Thank you for being a part of the release of Windows 11, coming at a time when the PC is playing a more central role in the way we connect, work, learn, create and play.

In June, we heard your questions about how we set the Windows 11 minimum system requirements and shared more information on the established principles that guided us in setting them. And as a team, we committed to exploring through Windows Insider testing and with OEMs whether there were devices running on Intel 7th Generation and AMD Zen 1 processors that met our principles.

Following the results of our testing, we are making a small number of additions to the compatible processor list (explained further below), but otherwise will maintain the minimum system requirements as originally set. We have concluded that the compatible 64-bit processors selected, 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, UEFI secure boot, graphics requirements and TPM 2.0 are the right minimum system requirements to deliver on the principles we established to best support you.

We did identify a set of PC models that meet the principles while running on Intel 7th Gen processors that we did not originally include in our minimum system requirements. Based on those findings, we have expanded the list of compatible 64-bit processors to include the following:
After carefully analyzing the first generation of AMD Zen processors in partnership with AMD, together we concluded that there are no additions to the supported CPU list. We will be updating the PC Health Check app to identify the correct systems with the newly added Intel CPUs in the coming weeks before the tool is released for general availability. Additionally, we will have more to share on the tools and reports IT Pros can use to understand their organization’s hardware eligibility at scale as we get closer to Windows 11 general availability later this year.

We have included more details below on our principles that guided us in establishing Windows 11 minimum system requirements. Here are some insights from the data we gathered over the last couple months that affirmed our decision.
  • Reliability: Devices that do not meet the minimum system requirements had 52% more kernel mode crashes. Devices that do meet the minimum system requirements had a 99.8% crash free experience.
  • Security: Windows 11 raises the baseline of Windows security by improving the security default configuration to combat increasing cyber-attacks. These requirements were informed based on trillions of signals from Microsoft’s threat intelligence as well as input from leading security experts like the NSA, UK National Cyber Security Center and Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. Additional details on the background and value of Windows 11 baseline are below.
  • Compatibility: People continue to increasingly use their PCs for video conferencing, productivity and gaming. To ensure all Windows 11 devices can run a core set of applications to meet those needs, we set the minimum system requirements to align with some of the most commonly used apps.
Following our announcement in June, we acknowledged that we missed an opportunity to provide clarity and accuracy through the PC Health Check app. Today, we are releasing an updated preview version of the PC Health Check app to Windows Insiders. This updated version expands the eligibility check functionality with more complete and improved messaging on eligibility and links to relevant support articles that include potential remediation steps – the screenshot below illustrates this. After a feedback period with Windows Insiders and with the additional updates for the newly added processors, we plan to re-release the PC Health Check app for general availability in the coming weeks. Today, we are also simultaneously releasing versions that support 64-bit Windows, 32-bit Windows, Windows on Arm and Windows 10 in S mode PCs to Windows Insiders. Windows Insiders can provide feedback on the PC Health Check app by going to Feedback Hub > Apps > PC Health Check.


The eligibility check functionality in the PC Health Check app includes improved messaging on eligibility and links to relevant support articles that include potential remediation steps.
The eligibility check functionality in the PC Health Check app includes improved messaging on eligibility and links to relevant support articles that include potential remediation steps.

As our unprecedented number of Windows Insiders have shown, most people with eligible devices will choose to move to Windows 11 to experience all the new innovations across connection, productivity, creativity and play that it has to offer. For those who are using a PC that won’t upgrade, and who aren’t ready to transition to a new device, Windows 10 is the right choice. We will support Windows 10 through October 14, 2025 and we recently announced that the next feature update to Windows 10 is coming later this year. Whatever you decide, we are committed to supporting you and offering choice in your computing journey. If you want to see the full Windows 11 minimum system requirements, you can visit this page.

Here is some additional detail on the principles that guided Windows 11 minimum system requirements:
  • Reliability. Maintaining reliability over time is highly correlated with OEM and IHV driver support. The processors supported on Windows 11 are within OEM and IHV support and use modern (DCH) drivers. The move to modern drivers enables drivers and associated software to be installed and serviced in a coordinated manner through Windows Update and provides better mechanisms for tracking driver health. The result of this coordination is that system drivers are properly installed and functional after updates, providing a reliable experience when upgraded to Windows 11. From Windows Insider machines, those that did not meet the minimum system requirements had 52% more kernel mode crashes (blue screens) than those that did meet the requirements. Machines that met the requirements provided a 99.8% crash-free experience that is effectively managed by OEMs and IHVs through modern driver update management. Additionally, on unsupported hardware app hangs are 17% more likely and for first-party apps we see 43% more crashes.
  • Security: Windows 11 has raised the security baseline to make it the most secure version of Windows ever. We have used the more than 8.2 trillion signals from Microsoft’s threat intelligence, reverse engineering on attacks as well as input from leading experts like the NSA, UK National Cyber Security Center and Canadian Centre for Cyber Security to design a security baseline in Windows 11 that addresses increasing threats that software alone cannot tackle. We have carefully designed the hardware requirements and default security features based on an analysis of the most effective defenses. This analysis was based on the Microsoft data set of blocked attacks in 2020 which included 30 billion email threats, six billion threats to endpoint devices and 30 billion authentications. In addition to benefitting from these intelligence sources, Windows 11 enables proven security controls based on industry wide recommendations from global experts like the NSA and NCSC.
    • The Trusted Platform Module(TPM) requirement enables Windows 11 to be a true Passwordless operating system, addressing phishing and other password-based attacks that are easier for attackers to execute when the TPM is not present. In the FY20 Microsoft digital defense report, Microsoft identified 67% fewer compromises of organizations that disabled legacy authentication and moved towards Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)- or Passwordless-based systems like Windows Hello. With Hello, the TPM works together with a PIN or biometric camera/fingerprint reader to securely store a secret in hardware that replaces a user’s password during authentication and is much harder to steal or spoof. The TPM is also used for numerous other Windows 11 features such as Bitlocker and Device Encryption, which leverages the TPM to store disk encryption keys. Research from Forrester showed that the loss or theft of assets like smartphones and laptops were involved in 20% of the breaches reported by global security decision-makers in 2020. Bitlocker full disk encryption in Windows 11 limits the possibility of sensitive data loss from lost or stolen devices. The TPM is also used to “bind” web-based credentials securely to a machine, preventing extraction and theft of credential types seen in many recent breaches. Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 vs 1.2 because of the security advantages it provides, particularly support for newer and stronger cryptographic algorithms.

    • The UEFI Secure Boot requirement ensures that a system boots with only code signed by either the device builder, the silicon vendor, or Microsoft. It does this by ensuring all code is signed by specific entities and by recording cryptographic hashes in hardware that can also be sent to the cloud to verify integrity. If a system can be compromised prior to the operating system boot, then all kernel, user and endpoint security tools can be completely undermined. The “NotPetya” attack, which cost hundreds of millions in damages, leveraged legacy bios to inject ransomware code before boot, which can now be mitigated by Secure Boot. The value and best practices of Secure Boot have also been validated by the U.S. National Security Agency. We have been requiring OEMs to ship using UEFI Secure Boot enabled since June 26, 2013 and want all Windows 11 devices to be able to provide that customer benefit.

    • In addition to increased reliability, the supported processors increase security capabilities at the chip level. These processors provide virtualization extensions and virtualization performance improvements. Windows 11 supports virtualization-based security (VBS) which enables several security capabilities, including memory integrity, also known as hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI). HVCI disables dynamic code injection into the Windows kernel. HVCI also provides driver control and ensures that all drivers loaded meet a policy of allowed drivers set by Microsoft and the user. VBS also enables credential protection for common enterprise credential types (such as NTLM) an attack technique seen in “pass-the-hash” style attacks, and is the basis for System Guard Runtime attestation, a zero-trust capability that provides tamper proof hardware-based health statements to the cloud as part of a chip-to-cloud zero trust approach. The United States Department of Defense (DoD) requires virtualization-based security on Windows 10 for their devices. While we are not requiring VBS when upgrading to Windows 11, we believe the security benefits it offers are so important that we wanted the minimum system requirements to ensure that every PC running Windows 11 can meet the same security the DoD relies on. In partnership with our OEM and silicon partners, we will be enabling VBS and HVCI on most new PCs over this next year. And we will continue to seek opportunities to expand VBS across more systems over time.
  • Compatibility. Windows 11 continues our strong commitment to compatibility. This means that devices can upgrade to Windows 11 and critical apps and devices will simply work. Raising the Windows 11 minimum system requirements enables us to better support apps and hardware for drivers and devices. Feedback also shows us that unsupported hardware is more likely to have older drivers that are incompatible with new OS features such as VBS. Supported hardware also comes with modern drivers, which helps ensure not only the reliability we mentioned earlier, but also great hardware compatibility. In addition, the new minimum system requirements establish a new baseline that aligns with the hardware needs of many of the most commonly used apps customers rely on today for teleconferencing, browsing, productivity and entertainment. Of course, certain features, apps, games and peripherals may have their own requirements that exceed our minimum system requirements so we encourage people who are buying new PCs to verify the requirements with the manufacturer of the specific products they will want to use.


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The buzz at the moment is that MS will treat an unblessed Win11 installation like the current claim for incompatible machines with 11 in the dev channel: no updates, including security updates. They're backpedaling on their backpedaling. I presume that attorneys are involved.:(
 

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The buzz at the moment is that MS will treat an unblessed Win11 installation like the current claim for incompatible machines with 11 in the dev channel: no updates, including security updates. They're backpedaling on their backpedaling. I presume that attorneys are involved.:(
Most likely or the execs got wind of what was being said and they pulled back on all of this. Some selfmotivated munchkin came up with the idea of making it easier for users to use 11 and the adults came into the room and shut that down.
 

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Most likely or the execs got wind of what was being said and they pulled back on all of this. Some selfmotivated munchkin came up with the idea of making it easier for users to use 11 and the adults came into the room and shut that down.
It’s too bad that they can’t come out with an official position — on anything! Makes me sad to see such a large corporation unable to coordinate anything.
 

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It’s too bad that they can’t come out with an official position — on anything! Makes me sad to see such a large corporation unable to coordinate anything.
Big companies make big messes. Communication failures are abound..
 

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It’s too bad that they can’t come out with an official position — on anything! Makes me sad to see such a large corporation unable to coordinate anything.

They have an officially stated position. That appears to be that the release version of Win 11 will only be supported on hardware that meets all requirements, including the device security ones.

The confusion is because there may be a de facto policy which is significantly less strict. We may have to wait until after General Availability to learn the full truth.
 

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They have an officially stated position. That appears to be that the release version of Win 11 will only be supported on hardware that meets all requirements, including the device security ones.

The confusion is because there may be a de facto policy which is significantly less strict. We may have to wait until after General Availability to learn the full truth.
The confusion is still the confusion.
 

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Unfortunately as MS is saying not a lot officially and when various sites are "claiming" to have information without an official link and others are blindly repeating it, the stream of speculative and likely inaccurate news is underway.
I'm not assuming anything until Microsoft says in a verifiable official statement or it happens come release day.
 

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The confusion is still the confusion.

The confusion is among MS's customers. I doubt that MS is confused. There may be some legalistic nonsense going on. I don't like their mixed messages, but they haven't asked my opinion.
 

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The confusion is among MS's customers. I doubt that MS is confused. There may be some legalistic nonsense going on. I don't like their mixed messages, but they haven't asked my opinion.
I wouldn't bet on MS not being confused.
 

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So the Big Question is will MicroSoft allow an upgrade to the final version of Windows 11 for those of us on the Beta Channel with 7th Gen Processors (I7 7700) who have been using the previews or will we have to download an iso and install ourselves?

I have absolutely no issues running OS Build 22000.168
 

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So the Big Question is will MicroSoft allow an upgrade to the final version of Windows 11 for those of us on the Beta Channel with 7th Gen Processors (I7 7700) who have been using the previews or will we have to download an iso and install ourselves?

I have absolutely no issues running OS Build 22000.168
I highly doubt it.
 

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Interesting coment, again unverifiable, on Github by the creator of WhyNot11, just to add to the confusion, under Note from the Programmer: Releases · rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11

Note from the Programmer:

Microsoft's Business team has confirmed that Windows 11 can be installed on old hardware! The only thing you have to do is COMPLETELY WIPE your old Windows 10 install and install a clean version of Windows 11. Additionally, it appears Microsoft will be releasing a reasonably clear version of the PC Health Check tool "soon", and I expect popularity of this project to die off. If you need a feature that the new check tool doesn't have, please create an issue so I can try to fill any remaining niches!
Thank you for using WhyNotWin11
 

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Interesting coment, again unverifiable, on Github by the creator of WhyNot11, just to add to the confusion...
The confusion may be on their part. You'd almost certainly not be allowed to upgrade an MBR install of W10 to W11, and if you asked MS how to convert your MBR install of W10 to a GPT install the official MS advice would almost certainly be 'wipe and clean install'. But we know there are ways and means to convert, so the 'reported as official' MS line quoted above is probably 'advice for the less technical'.

I see no reason why a machine that's compliant in all respects but processor generation (and/or TPM) shouldn't be allowed to do an in-place upgrade with the W11 ISO.
 

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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


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The confusion may be on their part. You'd almost certainly not be allowed to upgrade an MBR install of W10 to W11, and if you asked MS how to convert your MBR install of W10 to a GPT install the official MS advice would almost certainly be 'wipe and clean install'. But we know there are ways and means to convert, so the 'reported as official' MS line quoted above is probably 'advice for the less technical'.

I see no reason why a machine that's compliant in all respects but processor generation (and/or TPM) shouldn't be allowed to do an in-place upgrade with the W11 ISO.
Thank You Bree. I'm of the same opinion as you are expressing.
 

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Thank You Bree. I'm of the same opinion as you are expressing.
With all due respect, we've all (I certainly include myself) been bleating this same refrain since June. The fact of the matter is that our opinions are worthless, at least to MS. We've been feeding on rumors and snippets of information here and there and whatever. The sheer level of outrage I've seen sometimes is weird. A couple of months and we will know the score. Until then, unless there is a definitive press release from MS, which I totally do NOT expect (a large corporation worse at communication I have never encountered), we will just have to see how it shakes out. You hate it, I hate it, but there it is.
 

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(snip) You hate it, I hate it, but there it is.

I don't hate it.

Maybe it's because my two desktop systems are fully compliant, including memory isolation. My laptop is not (Intel Gen 6 CPU).

I may choose to do a clean install on my secondary desktop, based on the mess created on my primary desktop in trying an upgrade from 10 to 11. (After a full image of the 10 installation was taken, of course.)

A little uncertainty may keep things interesting for the next couple of months. I guess I hope that the 20 October GA date is real.
 

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This is really starting to remind me of when Microsoft ended the free upgrade to Windows 10 program on July 29, 2016, but extended it for assistive technologies users. Then the free upgrade to Windows 10 for those users ended on December 31, 2017. And yet, as of today, you can still upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free using the ISO file. It seems like Microsoft might be tracking on the same path with upgrading to Windows 11. Upgrading to Windows 11 via Windows Update will be much more restrictive than manually upgrading via an ISO file. And there will likely be the same myriad of users who are going to lament that Windows Update won't upgrade them to Windows 11 but will dig in their heals and absolutely refuse to download the ISO file and do it manually.
Most likely because most of the ones who dig in their heels won't understand how to use an ISO to upgrade. We here are smarter than the average bear, but I'd hazard a guess that not all of us even understand what an ISO is and how to use it. <D & R>
 

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Interesting coment, again unverifiable, on Github by the creator of WhyNot11, just to add to the confusion, under Note from the Programmer: Releases · rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11

I highly doubt the legitimacy of that "Note from the programmer". Just another guess in a long line of opinions offered. Even my cat opined the OS would include a cat-nip option for cat lovers :oops:
 

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The confusion may be on their part.
Yeah, the confusion is on 0.1 % of the population, and some of the 0.1 % are even actively confusing the others of the 0.1 %

99.9 % of the population is not confused, they don't even know what they are supposed to be confused about :look:

... and MS will execute their plans as declared
 

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Here's something interesting I just read in an article on Neowin
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"Microsoft however is allowing users to install the OS on unsupported hardware too using the Windows 11 ISOs. But there's a catch here. Users who take this route will be notified that their device is running in an unsupported state.

While it wasn't clearly spelled out at the time what the firm exactly meant by this, Microsoft apparently later clarified that such unsupported PCs will also not receive Windows 11 updates, including crucial security ones which are often responsible for fixing dangerous vulnerabilities.

So essentially, anyone who wishes to jump on the Windows 11 train on an unsupported system will have to do so at their own risk as Microsoft seems unwilling to put any effort into supporting such hardware."

Even unactivated Windows 10 installs get security updates. I wonder what the state of customer support is for such builds, because if these incompatible builds aren't allowed to install updates, wouldn't that make them even more vulnerable? Microsoft will welcome telemetry based testing of systems, but only those with modern hardware get to reap the benefits.

Yeah, something like that.
What I don't like about this, there's nowhere they say clearly why Zen1 failed the specs.
But from what I found, it boils down to one of the following missing:
virtualization-based security (VBS), hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI), or +99.8% crash free experience...

And incidentally, Kaby Lake is the first Intel platform to fully support MBEC, the HVCI feature without the performance impact. Having full support for virtualization based security seems to be the hard requirement.
 

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