How to Check if Your PC Can Run Windows 11

Check PC compatibility with ease

by: - Last updated on: August 24th, 2021
Key Takeaways
  • Microsoft made TPM 2.0 and Secure boot support compulsory for Windows 11 which led to confusion among users if their PC supports Windows 11 or not.
  • You can easily check Windows 11 compatibility using the PC Health app.
  • We have also covered multiple ways to check Windows 11 compatibility.

On June 24, Microsoft unveiled its latest desktop operating system, Windows 11, to the world. The latest generation of Windows brought with it a whole load of changes. While not a significant design overhaul, it did introduce some exciting features. New animations, a centered taskbar, and an improved control panel were some of the major highlights of Windows 11.

Windows 11 compatibility check

However, Microsoft made TPM 2.0 and Secure boot support mandatory for Windows 11, which angered many old PC users. In addition, this caused confusion for non-technical users as to whether their PC is compatible with Windows 11 or not. No need to worry, because today we will help you check if your PC is compatible with Windows 11.

Windows 11 Minimum Hardware Requirements

Here are the minimum requirements as per Microsoft for a PC to run Windows 11.

  • Processor- 1 GHz or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • Memory – 4GB
  • Storage – 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System Firmware – UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM – Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics Card – DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
  • Display – 9″ with HD Resolution (720p)

What is TPM 2.0?

TPM stands for Trusted Platform Module and is intended to provide better security to your PC. This chip is usually located on the motherboard and performs cryptographic operations to increase security and prevent attacks during the boot process. If the chip detects something malicious, it will not boot. Cryptography basically encrypts information/data into codes so that no unauthorized person can access the data.

How to check if PC supports Windows 11 using PC Health Check

To avoid confusion among users about compatibility, Microsoft has released a tool that lets you quickly check if your PC supports Windows 11. In addition, you can also check the state of your PC with the app PC Health check.

Steps to check Windows 11 compatibility using PC Health Check

1. Download and install PC Health Check (link for setup file is given below).

2. After installing the app, you will see all your PC specifications. Here, hit the check now option. (Make sure you have an active internet connection)

Windows 11 Pc health check

3. Once you click on check now, it will scan through the PC hardware and tell if your PC is compatible with Windows 11 or not.

windows 11 support check

Microsoft has temporarily removed the PC health check from their website and should be back around Windows 11 stable release. That said, you can still download the PC Health app from here.

It shows your PC is not compatible with Windows 11. But why is it not compatible?

While the PC health check app tells if the PC is compatible with Windows 11 or not, it does not tell us why it is not compatible. Since we asked ourselves a similar question, we enlisted the help of an open-source project, “WhyNotWin11”. The app is an alternative to PC Health Check, but unlike that app, it displays a detailed report about why PC may not be compatible with Windows 11.

Using WhyNotWin11 is extremely simple. After downloading, open the app on your PC, and it starts scanning the PC to check compatibility with Windows 11. The app classifies the compatibility in three different colors – red, yellow, and green. Our PC was not compatible with Windows 11, and the app clearly showed us why. After running the check, we found out that there were several reasons.

As you can see in the attached image, multiple checkboxes are red. The main reasons being no TPM and Secure boot support. But don’t be disheartened if your PC does not meet minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, as we have already got you covered. You can follow this guide for installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware without TPM 2.0. Using that trick, we managed to install Windows 11 on a 12-year-old PC.

WhyNotWin11 app

Download WhyNotWin11

Checking TPM support manually

If for some reason you cannot use the above software, you can also manually check if TPM 2.0 is supported.

Steps to check TPM 2.0 support manually:

  1. Open the start menu and search for “tpm.msc”.
    checking tpm support manually
  2. After searching, click on open.
  3. If your PC supports TPM 2.0, it will display that after running the command. But in our case, it does not support, so we got an error message saying TPM cannot be found.Tpm support e1629790091793

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What new features are added in Windows 11?

Windows 11 brings a ton of new features, and you can check all the new features in Windows 11 here.

2. I am sure my PC has a TPM 2.0 chip, but I still don’t see it. Why?

Well, this happens when the TPM chip is not activated from BIOS.

Steps to enable TPM:

  1. Enter the BIOS menu on your PC. Different PC may have different methods to enter BIOS menu. Please refer to your laptop manufacturer’s website for more information.
  2. After entering BIOS menu, navigate to the Security tab. Again, this will depend on your manufacturer’s BIOS.
  3. Under Security, click on TPM and enable it.
  4. Done now, TPM is enabled, and you should be able to install Windows 11 on your PC if it meets all other requirements.

3. What new Keyboard shortcuts were added in Windows 11?

Microsoft added a bunch of new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11. You can find the entire list of it here.

4. Will TPM 1.2 work?

No, the minimum system requirement for installing Windows 11 is support for TPM 2.0.

5. When will Windows 11 be officially available for everyone?

We still do not have official confirmation regarding the release date, but we expect Microsoft to release Windows 11 for everyone later this year.

6. What if my PC can’t run Windows 11?

Windows 10, Microsoft’s current Windows OS, is already excellent, and the company has made it clear that it is committed to supporting it until at least 2025. That means your Windows 10 PC will continue to receive security and feature updates for years to come.

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