Find out if your PC is compatible with Windows 11
Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 officially today and plans to release early access builds of the operating system next week. The company revealed several new and already known features during today's presentation, including support for Android apps, performance improvements across the board, smaller updates that run in the background, and an improved Store.
Microsoft plans to release Windows 11 officially at the end of 2021. Many Windows users may wonder whether their PCs are compatible with the new operating system. It is safe to say that most PCs that run a recent version of Windows will be compatible with Windows 11.
Microsoft released a PC Health Check tool that reveals if a PC is compatible with the Windows 11 operating system. You can download the tool
using this link, and run it after the download to install it. Microsoft notes that the data is only used for the app, and that it won't be stored or shared.
Update: Microsoft re-released the PC Health Check tool. The main difference to before is that it will provide details on incompatibilities, e.g. if the processor is too old or if TPM 2.0 is not supported. Users still have options to install Windows 11 on devices that don't meet the system requirements. End
Tip: you may also use open source tools created by third-parties instead to check Windows 11 compatibility. These offer more details if a device is not compatible.
Check for Windows 11 compatibility
The application displays information about the PC it is run on after startup. It displays the amount of RAM and hard disk space, the name of the PC, and information such as the Windows Update status, backup & sync status, or the storage capacity.
Microsoft reveals in the app that the upgrade to Windows 11 will be free.
Update: Microsoft published an update that reveals why a PC is not compatible
Select the "check now" button at the top to see if the PC can run Windows 11. You get a "This PC can't run Windows 11" message if it is not compatible with Microsoft's new operating system.
I ran the tool on a Surface Go device, by Microsoft, and was informed that it is not compatible with Windows 11. The prompt does not reveal the reason why the PC cannot run Windows 11.
Ashwin ran the test on his laptop, and it received the green light from Microsoft's tool.
If the PC is compatible, the tool displays "this PC can run Windows 11".
A click on the "learn more" link opens a new page that reveals the Windows 11 system requirements.
- 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 Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics card DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
- Display > 9" with HD Resolution (720p)
- Internet connection Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home
You may need to compare the requirements with the capabilities of the PC to determine why it cannot be upgraded to Windows 11. I could not find the reason though, as the Surface Go matches or exceeds all of the requirements listed on the page.
Update: Microsoft released lists of supported Intel and AMD processors. It appears that Microsoft cut older processors that are compatible with Windows 10 from the list. The Surface Go's Pentium 4415Y is not on the Intel list.
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