Not all laptops and desktops can be upgraded to Windows 11. Here are the 8 things that your device must have in order for you to run Windows 11.
ONE: A compatible processor - your processor needs to meet 3 broad requirements
- It must run at 1 GHz or faster
- It must feature 2 or more cores
- It must be a compatible 64-bit processor. At Unboxxed, most of our certified refurbished laptops and desktops have Intel Core processors installed. 8th generation Intel Core processors and upwards are compatible. If you are interested in checking out a full range of compatible processors, you can find a list here. There are a couple of exceptions to the 8th generation and up rule.
TWO: Minimum RAM - your laptop/desktop will need 4 GB or more of RAM.
THREE: Enough storage - you need 64 GB or more of available storage to install Windows 11. BUT importantly, you may need additional storage to download updates and enable specific features. So to be safe, you want 128 GB of storage and upwards.
FOUR: Compatible graphics card - your graphics card must be compatible with DirectX 12 or later, and with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
FIVE: Specific firmware - your system must run UEFI and be Secure Boot capable.
SIX: TPM - you will need Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. For more information on this, you can check out a recent blog we wrote on the topic.
SEVEN: Display requirements - your laptop or desktop must have a high definition (720p) display, with a monitor that is 9” or more, and 8 bits per colour channel.EIGHT: Internet connection - lastly, and perhaps obviously, you need an internet connection and a Microsoft account so that you can download features and updates, and setup your device when you first open it up.