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Does your PC meet the requirements to install Windows 11 22H2?

Windows 11 22H2 is on the off-ramp and everything indicates that it will be next week when Microsoft will publish the general availability edition. It will be the final, stable version of the one considered as first major system update and will be provided free of charge for upgrading computers with a valid Windows 11 license. It will also be the version that manufacturers will pre-install on new computers shipping this fall.

The final version will not be much different from the RTM released to OEMs weeks ago except for bug fixes and security patches. If, like many users, you have continued to use Windows 10 until you see if Microsoft achieved the necessary stability, added the promised functions or improved less successful parts of the interface (see the start menu or taskbar), it may be time to give it a try. .

If you are sure that your PC will be able to run the version, you just have to follow the guide that we have prepared to advance the installation of this Windows 11 22H2 with the available RTM, build 22621. If you do not know if your PC will be compatible with the required hardware, you can give it a I review the following that we tell you.

Requirements Windows 11 22H2

The minimum hardware requirements to be officially met are the same as those of the original Windows 11. They apply to both physical and virtual machines and are as follows:

  • Processor: 64-bit CPU with 2 or more cores, included in this listing.
  • RAM memory: 4GB.
  • Storage: 64GB.
  • Graphics Chip: DirectX 12 compatible with WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • Firmware: UEFI supports ‘Secure Boot’ feature.
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module version 2.0.
  • Screen: 9 inches with HD resolution.
  • Internet connection for Windows 10 Home.
  • Windows 10 version 2004 (for updates)

Detailed hardware needs:

motherboard. One of the minimum requirements of Windows 11 affects the firmware of your computer, which must be a UEFI compatible with Secure Boot. If you remember, the Secure Boot ran rivers of ink when it was implemented a few years ago and blocked the installation of Linux systems and even older Windows systems such as 7. It has to be supported on board and activated. There is little to do here except change the motherboard.

TPM. The secure platform module is perhaps the most controversial component, although it is a classic. Widely used (almost by default) in business equipment, it is a physical chip dedicated to security tasks, authentication, generation of cryptographic keys and in general to maintain the integrity of the system. The required version 2.0 was introduced in 2015 and although it is not present, it can be installed additionally if the board has a free connector for it. Or enable fTPM firmware-based mode on the motherboard. You can check all this in the special that we dedicate to boards and CPUs for Windows 11.

RAM and disk space. Little to say about RAM and storage. Any mid-range computer today and above has quite a bit more installed and it is really necessary to get a minimum experience of the system and applications. Increasing memory and storage (especially in the jump to SSD) are updates that any user has in mind. RAM memory has fallen in price and the same can be said for basic solid state drives.

CPUs. Although the 64-bit CPU requirement with 2 or more cores is quite minimal, Microsoft understandably requires certain models included in this list where processors with enough power to run Windows 11 22H2 are left out.

DX12. Upgrading to Windows 11 also required a component that was less talked about than the TPM, but also left many PCs out, especially with older integrated graphics. The minimum requirement in this section is a graphics card compatible with DirectX 12 / WDDM 2.x, the version of the multimedia libraries that Microsoft uses to control the PC gaming sector as Windows monopolized the desktop.

Software. If you are going to use Windows 11 to update previous systems, you must do it on Windows 10 version 2004 or higher. The use of ISO images will allow you to update other versions or perform clean installations.

Other recommended requirements. Screen needs are trivial because Windows 11 calls for 9-inch diagonal panels with 720p resolution. Others (recommended) range from audio systems to webcams and microphones for video conferencing; IR camera for Windows Hello; Wi-Fi 6E for the latest in wireless Internet connectivity; an NVMe SSD for DirectStorage; a 5G modem or support for HDR. They are optional requirements.

Does your PC meet the requirements?

Microsoft’s initial chaotic handling of its own requirements encouraged third-party developers to publish apps to check your computer’s compatibility with Windows 11. The best one is ‘WhyNotWin11.exe’. Free, open source and as simple to use as downloading it from GitHub and running it to get the results:

Also Microsoft has its own app. Which launched, withdrew and published again. Is named “PC Health Check» published by Microsoft.

What if your PC doesn’t meet the Windows 11 22H2 requirements?

Officially they will not be able to install Windows 11. Or that is the theory. Microsoft has adopted a pragmatic attitude because it cannot control the immense Windows ecosystem and, in addition, it is interested in the adoption of the system (so far lower than expected) going up.

So much so that Microsoft itself has auto-hacked its own requirements and all kinds of tools capable of bypassing the verification of Windows 11 requirements are running on the Internet. There are also hacked versions of the official ISO images ready to install on almost any PC. . It doesn’t seem that the guys from Redmond are worried about it, although at the time they came out to say that they will neither support unofficial versions nor will they be responsible for them.

And if you are not interested in the new version of Windows 11, at least for now?

Many users delay system updates until they check its stability. Microsoft has improved both the distribution of them and the quality of the software, but the bugs keep coming out of control and randomly. Delaying updates is still a required technique for professionals or users who use their computers for production tasks.

And if you’re using Windows 10 and don’t want to jump to Windows 11, the same technique applies. There are ways to postpone major version updates, quality updates, or feature updates without affecting security updates that will continue to be installed through monthly or extraordinary patches if necessary. Let’s remember that Windows 10 will have official support until October 2025. There is time for migration and if you want to try other things also alternatives to this Windows 11 whose new version will be available shortly.

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