Windows 11 was announced on June 24th 2021 as the next major release of the Microsoft desktop operating system. Formerly code named 'Sun Valley', Windows 11 introduces a refreshed user experience that focuses on modernizing many parts of the user interface while making Windows easier and faster to use.
Microsoft start rolling out Windows 11 to existing devices on October 5th 2021.
Before you attempt install or upgrade to Windows 11, it is important to determine if your system meets the requirements to run Windows 11.
Microsoft's list the following requirements to run the next generation of Windows 11:. Microsoft also provides a handy app you can download and run to check the health and capabilities of your system. This article shows you where to get it, install it and run it. Start by visiting the Microsoft Windows website at:. Upgrade to the New Windows 11 OS | Microsoft.
Scroll to the bottom of the page then click the DOWNLOAD PC HEALTH CHECK APP button. Launch the PC Health installer, accept the terms and conditions then follow the wizard to complete setup:. Installing the Windows PC Health Check Setup. When setup is complete, launch the app. Click the Check now button.
In my case, it looks like I might need to consider a new Windows device.
Automatically Check Compatibility for Windows 11 with PC Health Check App
Also, other factors that might be limiting compatibility include Secure Boot not being enabled and TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 being turned off. These settings can normally be enabled from your systems firmware or BIOS.
See instructions how to enable these settings:. A couple reasons here relate to the CPU (the brain of the computer) and the amount of storage I have installed.
Storage could potentially be resolved by freeing up enough space to install Windows 11. See instructions for that here. If Windows PC Health Check determines your system is not compatible, click the Device specifications button to find out why.
This PC Can't Run Windows 11
If it turns out your only option is to purchase a new Windows device thats compatible or a new one this fall preloaded with Windows 11, check out the following article about a users journey for tips which includes tips for a purchasing a new Windows device:.
1. Uncompatible Processor
As for the processors, Windows 11 supports processors that are 7th generation or later. Users can go to the Intel ARK website then enter the specifications for the processor to determine its compatibility:.
Ensuring that devices that don't meet the minimum hardware requirements are not automatically offered the Windows 11 upgrade. Additional insight into safeguard holds. While safeguard holds will function for Windows 11 devices just as they do for Windows 10 today, administrators using Windows Update for Business will have access to information on which safeguard holds are preventing individual devices from taking the upgrade to Windows 11.
2. Uncompatible Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Also, Windows 11 has new Microsoft Software License Terms. If you are deploying with Windows Update for Business or Windows Server Update Services, you are accepting these new license terms on behalf of the users in your organization.
Create a cloud management gateway (CMG) to manage Configuration Manager clients over the internet.
- Attach your existing Configuration Management estate to the cloud with tenant attach so you can manage all devices from within the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center.
- Use co-management to concurrently manage devices using both Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune.
- This allows you to take advantage of cloud-powered capabilities like Conditional Access. Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and Pro for Education editions of Windows 11 will receive 24 months of support from the general availability date.
Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 11 will be supported for 36 months from the general availability date.
- Restart your computer and press the key it tells you on the screen to enter the BIOS.
- In the BIOS or UEFI menu, select Security.
- In the Security section, looking for TPM-related settings. On Intel machines, it will sometimes be labeled “Intel Trusted Platform Technology” or “PTT”. Also, it might show as “AMD Ftpm Switch”.
- From inside the TPM settings menu, find the option for turning on TPM and switch or toggle it on.
- Save the changes and restart your machine.
Fix 2. Enable TPM from Windows Start Menu
If computer restart is too fast to allow you to press certain key to boot into BIOS, there is another way to let you enter BIOS without hurry.
Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced startup > Restart now. Then, your computer will restart and bring you to a blue screen with a few options. Click Trougleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings > Restart. The machine will restart again and navigate you to the BIOS settings screen. Then, just follow the steps in Fix 1 to finish your task.
3. Uncompatible Boot Mode
“The PC must support Secure Boot. While this PC doesn't meet the system requirements to run Windows 11, you'll keep getting Windows 10 updates.”
Go to BIOS in either way described above. Then, go to BIOS Setup > Advanced > Boot Options, find Secure Boot and enable it. Don’t forget to save the changes and restart your PC.
4. Uncompatible Storage Capacity
“The system disk needs to be 64 GB or larger. While this PC doesn't meet the system requirements to run Windows 11, you'll keep getting Windows 10 updates.”
Just as the error message indicates, you have to make your system disk to be at least 64 GB to make it eligible to run the next-generation Windows 11. If yours are not, you can rely on some disk management software like MiniTool Partition Wizard to extend your system volume to 64GB or even larger capacity.
Manually Check Compatibility for Windows 11
Besides the automatic way above, you can also manually check your machine’s hardware and software equipment to see whether they match the minimum system requirements of the coming Windows 11:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor* or System on a Chip (SoC).
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device (Additional storage space might be required to download updates and enable specific features.)
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM): version 2.0
- Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics or later with a WDDM 2.x driver.
- Display: >9” with HD Resolution (720p), 8 bits per color channel.
- Internet connection: Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates and to download and use some features. (Microsoft account and Internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home.)
If you are running the most current version of Windows 10 (version 20H1 or later) and meet the minimum hardware specifications, you are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 for free. You can check to see whether you have the latest updates for Windows 10 in Settings > Windows Update.
- Certain features require specific hardware, see the detailed system and feature-specific requirements.
- If your current PC is compatible with Windows 11, another preparation before you upgrading to Win11 is to create a backup of crucial files with a reliable program like MiniTool ShadowMaker.
*Compatible 64-bit processors include AMD, Intel, Qualcomm, etc.