Windows 11 DAW Compatibility
29/10/2021 our advice is to wait a little longer!
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Microsoft recently announced the Windows 11 operating system, which is their first major release since 2015.
So in this post we give you the latest Windows 11 compatibility information and guidelines about whether or not you should upgrade your DAW to windows11.
Do I need to upgrade my Audio PC to Windows 11?
If you’re using your first Windows PC or haven’t upgraded your operating system in a while, you should review each step before deciding whether to upgrade. If any part of your system is incompatible, you will not be able to install Windows 11. However, Microsoft supports Windows 10 until October 14, 2025, so there is no immediate need to upgrade Audio PC.
Minimum System Requirements for Windows 11
Like any other piece of PC software, your Studio computer must meet the minimum requirements. Unlike Windows 10 (and below), Windows 11 is more specific in its minimum system requirements.
Here are the minimum system requirements for Windows 11.
- 1GHz processor with two or more cores on a compatible processor or system on a chip (SoC)
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB+ hard disk space for installation. Microsoft recommends more space for future updates and specific features
- UEFI, Secure Boot compatible
- TPM version 2.0
- 720p display with a monitor larger than 9″
- Internet connection — this is necessary, as you will need to create a Microsoft account to complete the operating system installation on your PC
64-bit processors only
Windows 11 is only released for 64-bit systems, so computers with a 32-bit processor cannot upgrade. However, 32-bit programs can still be used in the 64-bit environment.
Windows 11 Sudio PC Hardware Compatibility
Microsoft has updated hardware requirements to make PCs more secure within Windows 11. Partly because of this, the minimum hardware specifications are much stricter. So before installing Windows 11 on your DAW Computer, you should first check if your PC’s motherboard and processor are compatible with the new operating system.
If you’ve built a computer in the last two years (2018 or later), Windows 11 will more than likely work just fine. Custom PCs are harder to predict simply because there can be so many different variants of motherboards, processors, and GPUs. So, before trying to upgrade to Windows 11, use the free Microsoft PC Health Check app to see if your PC is compatible or not. Once you have confirmed that your machine is fully compatible.
Microsoft’s PC Health Check app will tell you whether or not your computer is compatible, but may not provide detailed information on why. The WhyNotWin11 application provides more details about your hardware compatibility to narrow things down a bit.
- Download the PC Health Check app from Microsoft .
- Navigate to your Downloads folder and launch the installer. Run the program when prompted.
- When the PC Health Check app has launched, click Check Now .
- A pop-up window will appear telling you whether your computer is compatible or not.
- Click View all results for more detailed information about which components are and which are not compatible.
Windows 11 DAW Partner Compatibility List
Windows 11 was released on October 5 and manufacturers are working hard to ensure that their software and hardware are compatible. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date information on compatibility and support for Windows 11.