Windows 11 New Features
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One of the core features of Windows 11 is its pickiness in terms of system requirements. Admittedly, it is known that Windows 10 also had its own system requirements, but they were much more modest and you could install it on a much more modern computer without major problems. However, Windows 11 is significantly different because it has specific system requirements. These must be filled, otherwise you will not be allowed to complete the installation. In addition, there may be additional requirements for using certain features. So let’s take a look at what is expected of the user and what are the hardware requirements that must be met. I have already launched a web browser and displayed a page located on Microsoft’s website. You can see its exact address at the top of the screen, in the section provided to display the currently valid URL. As you can see, the basic component is a processor that has a speed of at least one gigahertz with two or more cores and it must be 64-bit. The requirement to have two or more cores is especially important, because if you create a virtual machine and it only has one core, you may not be able to install Windows 11. In addition, you’ll need four gigabytes of RAM, and you’ll also need at least 64 gigabytes of free hard drive space. Of course, if you have more RAM or more than 64 gigabytes of storage, it will only make your job easier and speed up the installation. In addition, your computer’s firmware must have the so-called UEFI and must support Secure Boot. However, the most problems can be caused by the requirement according to which the system must be equipped with the so-called Trusted platform module or TPM chip using version 2.0. It is good that most modern computers come with such a chip, but it often happens that it is not included. In that case, you’ll need to first peek into your system’s firmware and enable TPM before booting into Windows 11. Additionally, you’ll need a DirectX 12 graphics card, and your screen must have a horizontal resolution of 720 pixels or higher. The rule for a monitor is that it must have a diagonal of at least nine inches and must support at least eight bits per channel. Finally, don’t forget that you will also need an Internet connection. In addition to these basic hardware requirements there is one more thing I want to mention. During the course, I will use Windows virtual machines running on Hyper-V. This means that I am currently logged into the Windows server and you can see Hyper-V. Actually, I have several Windows 11 right now, so I want to show you a few settings that you will also need to apply if you want to install Windows 11 on a Hyper-V virtual machine. So first I’ll right-click on one of my Windows 11 virtual machines and run the Settings option. The first thing I want to show you is the section related to processor performance because one of the requirements was that your system must have at least two CPU cores. So, in this case, I increased the number of virtual processors to four in order to install Windows 11. Another thing you need to check is whether TPM is turned on. This is normally done at the firmware level, but Hyper-V can also be configured to support TPM. If you click on the Security item, you will see that there is an option to enable Secure Boot and there is also an option to turn on the Trusted Platform Module or TPM. They are unavailable for me because my virtual machine is currently active. In case it is disabled, I could change their status, but since I plan to install Windows 11, they must be enabled. Anyway, this was just a quick overview of Windows 11 hardware requirements.

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