Does Windows 11 version 22H2 change system requirements?

Does Windows 11 version 22H2 change system requirements?

With Windows 11 version 22H2 inching increasingly closer, it’s fair for users to wonder if they’ll be able to install it without problems. After all, Windows 11 came with some strict system requirements compared to its predecessors, so will the same happen with version 22H2? Thankfully, no, that’s not the case, at least for the most part.

Microsoft began testing Windows 11 version 22H2 even before the initial release of Windows 11, and anyone who has Windows 11 is able to try it through the Insider program. Microsoft has never mentioned new system requirements for this new version of the OS, and really, that shouldn’t surprise you. You probably shouldn’t expect big changes in system requirements at least until a whole new generation of Windows is released.

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The one change has to do with setting up the PC for the first time. With the initial release of Windows 11, Windows 11 Home required an internet connection and a Microsoft account to set up, but Windows 11 Pro was exempt. Now, even if you have Windows 11 Pro, you’re going to need a Microsoft account if you’re setting up a PC for personal use. If you’re using it for work or school, though, this isn’t required.

What are the system requirements for Windows 11?

While Windows 11 version 22H2 is what we’d consider a major update for Windows 11, with a ton of new features added or brought back, it’s still Windows 11 at the end of the day. A lot of things are the same underneath, and you can expect it to work just as well on your PC. As such, it also has the same system requirements for the most part, which include the following:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
RAM: 4 gigabyte (GB)
Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel
Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.
Windows 11 version 22H2: Windows 11 Pro edition also requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account for device setup for personal use.Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity. Learn more about S mode here.For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.

In addition to this, you also need to consider the list of supported CPUs Microsoft published for Windows 11. You’re going to need one of the processors on that list, or a processor launched after Windows 11, such as Intel 12th-generation Core processors or AMD Ryzen 6000 or 7000 series processors.

The big change, as we’ve mentioned, has to do with needing a Microsoft account for setting up Windows 11 Pro for personal use. This is only needed during setup, however, and you can remove your account from the PC afterwards. Even installing free apps from the Microsoft Store doesn’t require a Microsoft account (unless it has an age restriction). If you’re already using Windows 11 Pro without a Microsoft account, nothing will change for you, either, unless you reset your PC.

System requirements won’t always change

Microsoft did make some big changes to system requirements with the initial release of Windows 11. Compared to Windows 10, it required double the RAM (or four times more, compared to 32-bit versions), new processors – including ending support for 32-bit processors – and more storage. It may seem like this is something that will happen frequently, but that shouldn’t be the case.

Windows 11 Start menu

Windows 11 requirements changed significantly because they kind of had to. Windows 10 had released in 2015, and it had the same basic requirements as Windows 7 – an OS released back in 2009. And while Windows 10 got numerous updates for the next six years – similar to how Windows 11 is now being updated to version 22H2 – system requirements didn’t really change for end users. Some things changed for PC manufacturers and the storage requirement did increase, but chances are if you installed Windows 10 in 2015, you can go all the way to Windows 10 version 21H2 without major issues. Obviously, PCs have evolved a lot since 2009, so an increase in system requirements made sense to enable new features, enhanced security, and so on.

With Windows 11 updates, you should expect about the same. It’s not in Microsoft’s interest to create a huge divide in its user base, because it makes it easier to push more users onto a single platform that supports the same features. You might see system requirements change with a whole new generation – a purported Windows 12 – because it also helps sell new hardware, but it’s not ideal to have it change every year.


That’s all there is to it. There aren’t really any changes aside from the Microsoft account requirements for Windows 11 Pro, and that’s likely going to be the case for the next few updates for Windows 11. If you’re still running Windows 10 and your PC isn’t compatible with Windows 11, check out the best laptops you can buy today, since all the Windows laptops are running Windows 11 at this point.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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