Are You Eligible for a Free Upgrade to Windows 11? Find Out Here

We told you about the leaks from Windows 11 earlier this month and sometime back Microsoft told us about the minimum specs required to run it.

In case you don’t know about it, your laptop/PC requires a 2-core processor that clocks at 1GHz and 4GB RAM. Furthermore, you’ll also need about 64GB of space on your HDD or SSD.

But not every processor can enjoy a free upgrade to Windows 11.

Currectly, I am using an i7 laptop with a 16GB RAM teamed with a 256GB SSD and Nvidia GeFore GTX 970M and upon running the compatibility test on it, it said that your processor isn’t compatible with Windows 11.

If you too want to check if your PC/Laptop is compatible with Windows 11, you’ll need to download and install the Microsoft PC Health Check app on your system.

But the question remains why is such a powerful processor incompatible? Well, that’s because Microsoft has made only 8th Gen or higher processors compatible with Windows 11. And this includes AMD processors as well.

Oh, and it doesn’t matter whether it is an octa-core or quad-core prcoessor that clocks 3.5GHz.

But if you have the latest generation of processors, even the cheaper processors that are suitable for light use like the Intel Aton, Xenon, pentium, and Celeron can run Windows 11.

So if you have an old laptop that you haven’t upgraded in 5-6 years or more, now might be a good time to get a new one.

In case your laptop has an 8th Gen or higher processor and still shows incompatible with Windows 11 it is likely due to TPM and Secure Boot errors that occur when you mount and run Windows 11. CNET covers a stepwise guide to fix that issue that you’ll find helpful.

And if you pass the compatibility test then good news, you are going to get a free upgrade.

So are you excited about Windows 11? What are you looking forward to the most? Write to us in the comments below. You can also send in any problems you are facing with Windows 11 or the compatibility test.

Written By Eric Smith

My name is Eric Smith and I've been working within the tech space for over 10 years, both at one of the largest computer manufacturers (for which I have no affiliation with anymore) but also in the retail sector where I gained a lot of experience in helping people finding suitable tech products.