Windows 11 22H2 system requirements

Windows 11 22H2 system requirements: All you need to know.

Here are all the new hardware requirements to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2.

Windows 11 22H2 (or Windows 11 2022 Update) has virtually the same hardware requirements as version 21H2 (the original release). This means that if your device is already running Windows 11 21H2, it’ll be compatible with version 22H2. 

On the other hand, if you plan to upgrade from Windows 10, you’ll need to make sure that the hardware meets the minimum requirements. For example, 64-bit dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 and Secure Boot. In addition, for new installations, you are now required to create an account using your Microsoft account credentials, which means that the device must have an internet connection. Otherwise, you won’t be able to complete the setup.

This guide will teach you the new system requirements to install Windows 11 and the steps to check whether your computer will run the OS.

Windows 11 22H2 system requirements

Windows 11 22H2 hardware requirements:

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster CPU or System on a Chip (SoC) with two or more cores.
  • RAM: 4GB.
  • Hard drive: 64GB or larger.
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
  • Graphics: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • Display resolution: High definition (720p) display greater than 9″ diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
  • Networking: Microsoft account and internet connectivity.

This time and moving forward, you will also need a Microsoft account and internet connection to complete the setup when setting up Windows 11 Pro or Home. Otherwise, you won’t be able to complete the out-of-box experience, which means that the Pro and Home editions no longer support local accounts, at least not during the initial setup.

Windows 11 22H2 supported processors 

As the original version, Windows 11 22H2 is only compatible with some processors. For instance, this new version supports Intel Core 8th Gen and higher processors and some Pentium, Atom, Celeron, and Xeon CPUs. If you are going AMD, the operating system only supports the second-generation Ryzen (including Threadripper) and newer processors, alongside some EPYC and Athlon CPUs. As for ARM support, the latest version of Windows will support Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, 7c, 8c, and 8cx first and second generations, and the Microsoft SQ1 and SQ2.

Furthermore, the 7th Gen Intel processors are also supported, but only the 7820HQ chip. In addition, Intel’s Core X and Xeon W processors are supported, but only if the device comes with Declarative, Componentized, Hardware Support Apps (DCH) drivers.

Here’s the list of the supported processors from Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm.

Intel supported processors

  • 8th Gen – Coffee Lake.
  • 9th Gen –  Coffee Lake Refresh.
  • 10th Gen – Comet Lake and Ice Lake.
  • 11th Gen – Rocket Lake and Tiger Lake.
  • Pentium – Gold, and Silver.
  • Xeon – Skylake-SP, Cascade Lake-SP, Cooper Lake-SP, Ice Lake-SP
  • Supported Intel processors.

AMD supported processors

  • Ryzen – 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000.
  • Ryzen – Threadripper 2000, 3000, Pro 3000.
  • EPYC – 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen.
  • Athlon – Gold, Silver, 3xxx, 300x.
  • Supported AMD processors.

Qualcomm supported processors

  • Snapdragon 850.
  • Snapdragon 7c.
  • Snapdragon 8c.
  • Snapdragon 8cx.
  • Snapdragon 8cx (Gen2).
  • Microsoft SQ1.
  • Microsoft SQ2.
  • Supported Qualcomm processors.

In the case that you have an unsupported device, you may still be able to upgrade (at your own risk) from the ISO file or USB bootable media. However, the device will still need a 64-bit processor with at least two cores, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and an enabled TPM 1.2 chip and Secure Boot.

Windows 11 22H2 features requirements

Here are the hardware requirements to support specific features:

  • 5G support: requires a 5G capable modem.
  • Auto HDR: requires an HDR monitor.
  • BitLocker to Go: requires a USB flash drive.
  • Client Hyper-V: requires a processor with second-level address translation (SLAT) capabilities (available in Windows Pro and above editions).
  • DirectStorage: requires 1 TB or greater NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the “Standard NVM Express Controller” driver and a DirectX 12 Ultimate GPU.
  • DirectX 12 Ultimate: available with supported games and graphics chips.
  • Presence requires a sensor that can detect human distance from the device or intent to interact with the device.
  • Intelligent Video Conferencing: This feature requires a 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 a video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output). The app must be compatible with features to enable global mute/unmute.
  • Spatial Sound: requires supporting hardware and software.
  • Microsoft Teams: This app requires a video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output).
  • Touch: requires a screen or monitor that supports multi-touch.
  • Two-factor authentication requires using a PIN, biometric (fingerprint reader or illuminated infrared camera), or a phone with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities.
  • Voice Typing: requires a microphone.
  • Wake on Voice: requires a Modern Standby power model and microphone.
  • Wi-Fi 6E: requires new WLAN IHV hardware and driver and a Wi-Fi 6E capable access point or router.
  • Windows Hello: requires a camera configured for near-infrared (IR) imaging or a fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. Devices without biometric sensors can use Windows Hello with a PIN or a portable Microsoft-compatible security key.
  • Windows Projection: requires a display adapter that supports Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 and a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct.

Windows 11 22H2 compatibility check

On Windows 10, you can use the “Microsoft PC Health Check” app to confirm if your computer meets the system requirements. If the system configuration isn’t compatible, the app will also show you details of the components that are not compatible.

To check if your computer will run Windows 11 22H2, use these steps:

  1. Open PC Health Check page.

  2. Under the “Check for compatibility” section, click the “Download PC Health Check app” button.

  3. Double-click the WindowsPCHealthCheckSetup.msi file.

  4. Click the “I accept the terms in the License Agreement” option.

  5. Click the Install button.

  6. Check the “Open Windows PC Health Check” option.

    Windows 11 hardware compatibility checker install

  7. Click the Finish button.

  8. Under the “Introducing Windows 11” section, click the Check now button.

    Windows 11 PC Health Check

  9. (Optional) Click the See all results button to view a list of the components that passed the compatibility.

    Hardware compatibility check results

  10. (Optional) Click the Device specifications button to understand the system requirements better.

Once you complete the steps, if the hardware is compatible, you will receive a message confirming you can upgrade to the Windows 11 2022 Update from Windows 10. If the hardware does not pass the check, you will get a message detailing why the device can run Windows 11.

Windows 11 22H2 enable TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot

On Windows 11, one of the most important requirements is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 and Secure Boot because they’re needed to provide a better security environment and prevent threats against hardware and firmware, common malware, ransomware, and other attacks.

The following information only applies to users with devices running Windows 10 and planning to upgrade to Windows 11.

Check for TPM 2.0

To determine if TPM is enabled on the computer, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for tpm.msc and click the top result to open the “Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management” tool.

  3. In the “Status and TPM Manufacturer Information” section, confirm TPM is present and version.

    Trusted Platform Module info

You’ll see the hardware information and its status if the device includes TPM. Otherwise, if it reads “Compatible TPM cannot be found,” the chip is disabled on the UEFI, or the device doesn’t have the module.

Enable TPM 2.0 inside UEFI

To enable TPM 2.0 for Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Recovery.

  4. Under the “Advanced startup” section, click the Restart now button.

    Advanced startup restart option

  5. Click on Troubleshoot.

    Troubleshoot

  6. Click on Advanced options.

  7. Click the UEFI Firmware settings option.

    UEFI Firmware Settings

  8. Click the Restart button.

  9. Click the advanced, security, or boot settings page, depending on the motherboard.

  10. Select the TPM 2.0 option and choose the Enabled option.

    Enable TPM 2.0 on UEFI

If the motherboard doesn’t have a TPM chip and you are running an AMD processor, the module is likely built into the processor, and the option will be available as “fTPM” (firmware-based TPM 2.0) or “AMD fTPM switch.” If the device is an Intel-based system, TPM will be available as Platform Trust Technology (PTT).

In the case that the computer doesn’t have a TPM option, and this is a custom build, you may be able to purchase a module to add the support. However, make sure to consult the manufacturer’s website to confirm that the support exists.

After you complete the steps, the Windows 11 check should pass, allowing you to upgrade the computer to the new OS.

Check for Secure Boot

To determine whether Secure Boot is enabled to install Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for System Information and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Click on System Summary on the left pane.

  4. Check the “Secure Boot State” information and confirm the feature is set to On. If it’s not, you need to enable the option manually.

    System Information Secure Boot info

Once you complete the steps, you may be able to install the Windows 11 2022 Update. Otherwise, follow the steps to enable it inside the motherboard’s firmware.

Enable Secure Boot for Windows 11

If the computer uses the legacy BIOS, you have to convert the MBR drive to GPT, switch to UEFI mode, and enable Secure Boot. Otherwise, the computer won’t boot. If you are trying to perform a clean installation, you can skip the convention, but this is a requirement if you are trying to upgrade from the Windows 10 desktop.

To enable Secure Boot to install Windows 11 22H2, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Recovery.

  4. Under the “Advanced startup” section, click the Restart now button.

    Advanced startup restart option

  5. Click on Troubleshoot.

    Troubleshoot

  6. Click on Advanced options.

  7. Click the UEFI Firmware settings option.

    UEFI Firmware Settings

  8. Click the Restart button.

  9. Click the advanced, security, or boot settings page, depending on the motherboard.

  10. Select the “Secure Boot” option and choose the Enabled option.

After you complete the steps, the device should pass the hardware verification to perform an in-place upgrade or clean install of Windows 11 22H2.