Rumor: Windows 12 will require at least 16GB of RAM

As many already know, Microsoft is currently working on the next major update for Windows 11, codenamed Hudson Valley. Be it branded Windows 11 24H2, or it will be Windows 12, it will obviously focused on artificial intelligence add-ons. So upcoming AI features may require a new generation of NPU processors. However, this may not be the only increase in minimum hardware requirements. An upcoming Windows update may require a minimum of 16GB of RAM.

A new report claims that Copilot and other AI features will require at least 16 GB of RAM. Microsoft representatives refused to comment on this information, so it is not yet possible to confirm or deny it.

Currently, we only know specs for devices that already announced to have NPUs. Most of them do not come with 16GB of RAM, so AI features will  work there with much lower memory capacity. For example, one of the first devices with an NPU was Dell XPS 13. The lower-end model of the laptop will come with 8GB of RAM, and Dell has not indicated anywhere that artificial intelligence will not be available in this configuration of the device.

In addition, Microsoft must keep in mind the negative user feedback surrounding the TPM requirement in Windows 11. The company argued that TPM 2.0 was necessary to improve security, but this did not protect it from a wave of criticism.

In recent months, the company has added AI into many of its apps and services, including Copilot for Windows and Edge, Cowriter in Notepad, and Cocreator in Paint. That's just the beginning. It's unlikely that all these features will suddenly raise the bar to a device with 16 GB of RAM.

However, some future AI-powered features may indeed require a more powerful computer configuration. For example, local video processing using AI will be quite a resource-intensive operation, so it may have higher minimum system requirements.

So Microsoft may indeed change the system requirements for some features and/or configurations of Windows, but the minimum requirements will likely remain the same.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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