Millions of PCs can’t upgrade to Windows 11 – is yours good enough?

MICROSOFT has been accused of leaving “millions of PC owners behind” with its new Windows 11 update.

The massive upgrade lands later this year (or early next for some PCs).

Windows 11 officially launches later this year

Windows 11 officially launches later this yearCredit: Microsoft

It brings sweeping improvements, design changes and new features.

Importantly, it replaces Windows 10 – which will eventually lose support, including vital security updates.

Now Microsoft has warned that many PCs simply won’t be able to run Windows 11.

We’ve got the full spec details on what you’ll need below, as well as the easiest ways to check.

Windows 11 makes some major changes

Windows 11 makes some major changesCredit: Microsoft

But one of the big concerns is that Windows 11 requires 8th-gen Intel Coffee Lake processors or newer.

Or if you have an AMD processor, your PC or laptop will need a Zen 2 CPU or better.

That will shut out millions of older PCs or laptops that simply won’t be able to run the new Windows 11 software.

Probably the easiest way to check if your computer can run Windows 11 is to download Microsoft’s own app.

It’ll check for you – grab it here:

The new layout shows the Taskbar in the centre of the screen

The new layout shows the Taskbar in the centre of the screenCredit: Microsoft

If you already know what sort of hardware your computer has, you can check against the official list manually.

Microsoft says that at a minimum, you’ll need:

Processor: 1GHz or faster with two or more cores (64bit)

RAM: 4GB or more

Storage: 64GB or more

Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable

Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver

Display: HD (720p) bigger than 9 inches diagonally, 8bits per colour channel

You’ll also need an internet connection and a Microsoft account to set up a Windows 10 Home Edition for the first time.

Microsoft has also warned that any laptops built and sold from 2023 onwards will need to have a webcam to run Windows 11.

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