You’ll need to give your computer a Windows 11 health check before updating to Microsoft’s newest operating system. It may finally be out after years and years of waiting but not every computer is compatible. On top of that, with any new OS, there will be kinks and Windows 11 problems are something to keep in mind before making the jump.
However, updating to the OS not only offers a new, modern look, but a ton of features, particularly for multi-tasking. In fact, you could run Android apps almost natively on it if you wanted to. And, while a fresh install may cost you, you can grab Windows 11 without spending a dime if you’re already running Windows on your device.
Having come out October 5th, Windows 11 has already made waves. And, though it’s a great upgrade – you can see what we thought in our Windows 11 review – it does have some caveats like requiring TPM 2.0 for some of its security features. If you’re not sure if you can install the new operating system, take a look below to find the system requirements as well as learn how to run Microsoft’s PC Health Check app to figure out if you should get it.
What you need to run Windows 11
While Windows 11 is available as a free download, Microsoft has set a baseline of hardware specifications that allows users to take advantage of all its features.
All the PCs and laptops powered by Intel’s sixth and seventh-generation processors are not eligible to get the new update. Also, an important thing, Windows 11 will not support 32-bit systems, so if you had been thinking of updating your device, well, the time has come.
Similarly, if your device runs on AMD’s A-series and FX-series, along with Ryzen 1000 and most Ryzen 2000 processors, it will not be able to run Windows 11. To download Windows 11 on your PC, it must meet the below requirements-
- 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 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: 9-inch or larger display with HD (720P) resolution or more
- Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: Internet connection to download and set up the device. A Microsoft account is required for some features
Windows 11 compatibility check
In case your system meets the above-mentioned criteria, you need to run a health check to keep your system ready to install Windows 11 whenever it starts rolling out. In case your device fails the health check, you will still have some time to update the computer to make it Windows 11 compatible since the OS will start rolling out sometime later this year.
- To run the health check you need to first download and install Microsoft's PC Health Check app
- Once installed, run the program
- Click on the blue coloured “Check Now” button on the Windows 11 banner
- If your system is compatible, you’ll get a pop-up stating “This PC will run Windows 11"
In case Microsoft's Windows 11 upgrade checker tells you that your PC isn't supported but it meets all the other requirements then you need to check your BIOS to enable TPM. Almost every modern CPU comes with TPM support. In case you have an Intel CPU then you need to switch to TPM and for AMD you need to check PSP fTPM in the BIOS. Once done, you can run Microsoft's health checker app to confirm the status.
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