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How To Check If Your PC Or Laptop Can Run Windows 11?


After 6 years, Windows 10 is finally getting a major upgrade to a newly redesigned Windows 11. The update arrives in November and will be a free upgrade. Here’s how to check for Windows 11 compatibility and check if your PC or laptop is eligible for free Windows 11 upgrade or not.

- Updated: 10th May 2022, 11:06 IST
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    Windows 11 Hardware Requirements
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    How to Check if yous system is compatible with Windows 11
    • Method 1: Using Health Check app
    • Method 2: Using WhyNotWin11 App

Microsoft has just released its new major update to the Windows Operating system. The new update i.e Windows 11 is the first major update that is released after 6 years after Windows 10 was first announced.

Windows 11 brings in a plethora of new features and visual refinements, some of these include relocated windows taskbar (start menu), rounded corners for windows, widgets support, and much more. Now you can even run Android apps almost natively on any Windows 11 powered system.

Windows 11 update

The Windows 11 update will start rolling out in November this year and the rollout will continue till 2022. Also, this new major update i.e Windows 11 will be a free update and the good news is that if you have bought a new desktop or laptop in the last 3-4 years, your system should be compatible with this update. But officially, Microsoft didn’t release the compatibility guidelines straightforward and these are a bit confusing. But to list them here are the hardware requirements for Windows 11 update.

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Windows 11 Hardware Requirements

Windows 11 update compatibility

The new Windows update requires the following minimum system requirement to run 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) 
  • One of the officially approved processors (CPUs), currently found on the lists for AMD CPUsIntel CPUs, and Qualcomm CPUs.
  • At least 4GB of system memory (RAM).
  • At least 64GB of available storage.
  • A graphics processor that is compatible with DirectX 12 and Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 or greater.
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

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How to Check if yous system is compatible with Windows 11

Method 1: Using Health Check app

Microsoft Health Check App

If your system meets the above-mentioned basic requirements to update to Windows 11, you can run Microsoft’s PC Health Check app to check for compatibility. Here are the steps to check compatibility:

  • Download and install Microsoft’s PC Health Check app
  • Once installed, run the app
  • Click on “Check Now” button on the Windows 11 popup window
  • If your system is compatible with Windows 11, you’ll get a pop-up stating “This PC will run Windows 11″
Microsoft Health Check App

In case the app shows that “Your System, isn’t supported” then you can try enabling TPM from the BIOS menu. If there is no option to enable this then the best thing to do is upgrade your hardware to meet the system requirements.

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Method 2: Using WhyNotWin11 App

If the official Microsoft’s PC Health Check app is not working for you then the “WhyNotWin11” can be a great alternative. The app is hosted on Github and does not have a very user-friendly interface but it works and gets the job done.

Download WhyNotWin11 from here

The app scans the system for requirements and helps you narrow down the cause for Windows 11 compatibility issues. It can help identify which component needs an upgrade and is a much better tool to check for Windows 11 compatibility.

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Highlights of the Story

  • Windows 11 is the next major OS upgrade from Microsoft that redesigns a lot of visual aspects of the Windows OS.
  • The update officially arrives in November and this will be a free upgrade over Windows 10.
  • Here’s how you can check your current PC or laptop and check for Windows 11 compatibility.