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Windows 11: how to check your laptop or PC compatibility & eligibility, minimum system requirements

Windows 11 has been unveiled by Microsoft at an event on June 24th. The operating system was much anticipated by the Windows users community and it didn’t disappoint. From a minimal, clean user interface to support for Android apps through the Amazon App Store, Windows 11 comes as a significant overhaul over its predecessor, Windows 10. Naturally, those with systems running Windows 10 must be wondering when and how will they get the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Also read: Windows 11 announced: release date, system requirements, top features and more

The good news is that Windows 11 will be available for free to Windows 10 users. On the flip side, not everyone will be able to run the latest operating system on their computers. Microsoft Windows 11 has several specific system requirements, which the users need to check. To make it convenient for users, Microsoft has released a PC Health Check app, which lets users confirm if their computer is compatible with Windows 11 or not.

Windows 11 minimum system requirements

Windows 11 announced with refreshed UI and Android apps support

Windows 11 announced with refreshed UI and Android apps support

As mentioned before, Microsoft Windows 11 has a set of minimum system requirements to run on a computer.  Users need to check whether their laptop or computer has the following minimum configuration.

  • 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
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: TPM Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

Windows 11 PC Health Check: how to check if your PC is eligible for Windows 11 upgrade

PC Health Checkup tool tells whether your computer supports Windows 11 or not

PC Health Checkup tool tells whether your computer supports Windows 11 or not

In case you are unable to tell if your computer meets the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11, there’s a solution. Microsoft has released a nifty little tool called PC Health Check to check it for you and tell if the computer supports Windows 11. Below are the steps to use the PC Health Check Tool and find out if you are eligible to receive the Windows 11 update.

  1. Download and install the PC Health Check app
  2. Once installed, launch the app
  3. Click on the Introducing Windows 11 banner on top and then click on Check Now 
  4. The app will perform required checks and tell you whether or not your PC can run Windows 11
  5. In case the app says ‘ This PC can’t run Windows 11‘, follow the steps below,

Windows 11 compatibility issue: how to resolve ‘This PC can’t run Windows 11’ error

Don’t worry if you get an incompatibility message from the PC Health Check app. Sometimes, TPM is disabled on computers even if the module is present on the motherboard, which might cause the incompatibility result. Follow the steps below to make sure TPM is enabled on your laptop or computer.

  1. Boot to BIOS or UEFI
  2. Check for TPM/fTPM
  3. If you find the option, enable it
  4. Enable Secure Boot option as well
  5. Now, run the PC Health Check and it should show This PC can run Windows 11

Can you run Windows 11 if your PC doesn’t have the minimum system requirements?

Windows 11 Dev Channel users can continue getting Windows 11 Insider Preview Builds without having to meet minimum system requirements

Windows 11 Dev Channel users can continue getting Windows 11 Insider Preview Builds without having to meet minimum system requirements

Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 will be available to everyone who is a member of the Windows Insider Program. This means if you are running a Dev or Beta build, you will receive the Windows 11 update even if your PC doesn’t meet minimum system requirements. However, the stable release of Windows 11 will not be rolled out to such users.

Members of the Windows Insider Program who are on the Windows 10 Dev Channel Build up to June 24th will be allowed to install Windows 11 Insider Preview builds without having to meet minimum system requirements. However, in case your PC runs into some trouble and you need to downgrade to Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool, it will be considered a fresh Windows PC and will need to meet the minimum requirements to proceed.

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