Quick Steps to Check If Your PC Can Run Windows 11
Microsoft promised free upgrades for eligible devices for a year after the release of Windows 10 in 2015. That deal, however, was extended and is still in effect today. Now that Microsoft is set to move through with the release of Windows 11, it’s believed that the update will remain free.
This has just been confirmed by Microsoft through its recently launched health checker. Microsoft’s system health checker validates that your device fulfils the Windows 11 upgrade requirements.
Windows 11 Will Be A Free Upgrade For Eligible Devices
If you want to take advantage of this free upgrade when it becomes available, make sure your device is compatible with Windows 11. You may get this app by clicking this link or by looking at the list of minimal requirements here.
If you download the health checker, it will tell you whether or not you are eligible for the Windows 11 update. With the release of Windows 11, the company Microsoft has drastically upped several of the minimum Windows 10 system requirements, as previously stated. Simply follow the steps to install it, and you’ll see the following message.
This health checker appears to be evaluating not only the minimal hardware requirements, but also the software for any potential compatibility issues. The following alert is being received by a number of users with qualifying hardware.
There’s also a lot of concern about the TPM 2.0 requirement, although our hardware team says that users should be fine with TPM 1.2. If you get the notice “This PC can’t run Windows 11,” they recommend checking if the technology is deactivated in the BIOS and has to be enabled. For some older platforms, a BIOS firmware update may be necessary.
Keep in mind that as Microsoft continues to build the operating system, things may change. And, given the controversy over this particular rule, we may see some exclusions from the Windows creator. More information will be available once the Preview Builds for Windows Insiders begin to go out next week.
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Check If Your Windows 10 PC Can Run Windows 11
- Download the PC Health Check app (clicking this link will begin the downloading process).
- Open the downloaded file and you will see a prompt asking if you want to run this file. Click on the Run button to confirm.
- On the setup screen, accept the terms and click on the Install button.
- This will begin the installation process, which could take a minute.
- Once done, you will see a screen with two checkboxes.
- Check the open Windows PC Health Check and click on the Finish button.
- You will now see the “PC health at a glance”screen.
- Under the Introducing Windows 11 section, click the Check now button.
- This will finish the process and you will either get the “This PC can run Windows 11” or “This PC can’t run Windows 11″message.
Windows 11 System Requirements
- Processor: 64-bit dual-core (or more)
- 1Ghz or faster
- 64GB drive or more (up from 32GB for Windows 10)
- 4GB RAM or greater
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0l
- 9-inch or greater monitor, 8 bits per colour channel
- High definition (720p)
- DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
- Internet connectivity
- Microsoft Account will be needed to complete setup on first use