Windows 11 – Minimum and Recommended Requirements

Before purchasing a new computer with Windows 11 or upgrading a computer to Windows 11, users are advised to review the Windows 11 minimum hardware requirements. However, are these minimum requirements enough to carry your day-to-day business tasks? Most likely not.

It is important to understand that minimum requirements are specified to execute a particular task, Windows 11 in this case. What does this mean? It means Windows 11 minimum requirements will ensure that your computer can run Windows 11, but it will not take into account performance and/or other third-party applications (E.g. QuickBooks, Outlook, MS Excel).

Based on TCSP‘s experience, we have created a basic table with Windows 11 recommended requirements for Business Users and Advanced Users. Since every business runs slightly different, the mentioned recommendations could change based on the business needs.

Business User
Advanced User
Processor1 GHz or faster
(2 or more cores on 64-bit processor)
Intel Core i5 or higher
(13th Generation or newer)
Intel Core i7 or higher
(13th Generation or newer)
Memory (RAM)4 GB16 GB32 GB
Storage64 GB HDD1500 GB SSD21 TB SSD2
System firmwareUEFI, Secure Boot capableUEFI, Secure Boot capableUEFI, Secure Boot capable
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)TPM Version 2.0TPM Version 2.0TPM Version 2.0
Max Upgrade Age35 years2 years0 years

1 A hard disk drive (HDD), hard disk, hard drive, or fixed disk (Hard Disk Drive). This is the most common type of data drive available in low-end and medium-end computers. Business users are recommended to use SSDs instead.

2 Solid-state drive (SSD) is the technology that replaces HDD. SSDs improve the performance of devices. SSDs are up to a hundred times faster than HDDs.

3 If you are looking to upgrade a computer to Windows 11, this is the computer’s cut-off time. Meaning, computers outside this age range are not recommended to be upgraded. Be aware that in specific cases, newer computers cannot be upgraded to Windows 11 due to other hardware limitations.

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