Windows 11 features and computer requirements

 Windows 11 features and computer requirements

The following basic requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC. If your device doesn't meet these requirements, you are not be able to install Windows 11 on your device you need to purchasing a new PC. If you are unsure whether your PC meets these requirements, you can check with your PC Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or, if your device is already running Windows 10, you can use the PC Health Check app to assess compatibility.

Feature-specific requirements for Windows 11

Some features in Windows 11 have increased requirements those are listed above in the minimum requirements section. Below are some additional details regarding requirements for key features:

5G support requires 5G capable modem.

Auto HDR requires an HDR monitor.

BitLocker to Go requires a USB flash drive (available in Windows Pro and above editions).

Client Hyper-V requires a processor with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities (available in Windows Pro and above editions).

Cortana requires a microphone and speaker and is currently available on Windows 11 for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.

DirectStorage requires 1 TB or greater NVMe SSD to store and run games that uses the "Standard NVM Express Controller" driver and a DirectX 12 Ultimate GPU.

DirectX 12 Ultimate is available with supported games and graphics chips.

Presence requires sensor that can detect human distance from device or intent to interact with device.

Intelligent Video Conferencing requires video camera, microphone and speaker (audio output).

Multiple Voice Assistant (MVA) requires a microphone and speaker.

Snap three-column layouts require a screen that is 1920 effective pixels or greater in width.

Mute/Unmute from Taskbar requires video camera, microphone and speaker. App must be compatible with feature to enable global mute/unmute.

Spatial Sound requires supporting hardware and software.

Teams requires video camera, microphone and speaker.

Touch requires a screen or monitor that supports multi-touch.

Two-factor Authentication requires use of PIN, biometric or a phone with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities.
Voice Typing requires a PC with a microphone.

Wake on Voice requires Modern Standby power model and microphone.

Wi-Fi 6E requires new WLAN IHV hardware and driver and a Wi-Fi 6E capable AP/router.

Windows Hello requires a camera configured for near infrared (IR) imaging or fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. Devices without biometric sensors can use Windows Hello with a PIN or portable Microsoft compatible security key.

Windows Projection requires a display adapter which supports Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 and a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct.

Xbox (app) requires an Xbox Live account, which is not available in all regions. See Xbox Live Countries and Regions for the most up-to-date information on availability. Some features in the Xbox app will require an active Xbox Game Pass subscription. Learn more about the pass.

Feature deprecation and removal

When upgrade windows 10 to windows 11 or when installing updates of Windows 11, some features may be deprecated or removed. See below for information regarding some of the key features impacted:

Cortana will no longer be included in the first boot experience or pinned to the Taskbar.

Desktop wallpaper cannot be roamed to or from device when signed in with a Microsoft account.

Internet Explorer is disabled. Microsoft Edge is the recommended replacement and includes IE Mode which may be useful in certain scenarios.

Math Input Panel is removed. Math Recognizer will install on demand and includes the maths input control and recogniser. Maths inking in apps like OneNote are not impacted by this change.

News & Interests has evolved. New functionality has been added which can be found by clicking the Widgets icon on the Taskbar.

Quick Status from the Lock screen and associated settings are removed.

S Mode is only available now for Windows 11 Home edition.

Snipping Tool continues to be available but the old design and functionality in the Windows 10 version has been replaced with those of the app previously known as Snip & Sketch.

Start Menu is significantly changed in Windows 11 including the following key deprecations and removals:

Named groups and folders of apps are no longer supported and the layout is not currently resizable.

Pinned apps and sites will not migrate when upgrading from Windows 10.

Live Tiles are no longer available. For glanceable, dynamic content, see the new Widgets feature.

Tablet Mode is removed and new functionality and capability is included for keyboard attach and detach postures.

Taskbar functionality is changed including:

People is no longer present on the Taskbar.

Some icons may no longer appear in the System Tray (systray) for upgraded devices including previous customisations.

Alignment to the bottom of the screen is the only location allowed.

Apps can no longer customise areas of the Taskbar.

Timeline is removed. Some similar functionality is available in Microsoft Edge.

Touch Keyboard will no longer dock and undock keyboard layouts on screen sizes 18 inches and larger.

Wallet is removed
The following apps will not be removed on upgrade but will no longer be installed on new devices or when clean-installing Windows 11. They are available for download from the Store:

3D Viewer

OneNote for Windows 10

Paint 3D


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