A Registry key reveals if your PC is compatible with Windows 11 version 22H2

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 23, 2022
Updated • Jun 23, 2022
Windows 11 Help

Want to know if your Windows 10 or 11 devices are ready for the upcoming Windows 11 feature update? You may look in the Registry to find out, instead of using Microsoft's PC Health Check app, or any of the third party programs that have been created for the purpose.

windows 11 version 22h2 compatibility

While it may sometimes be necessary to run these products, for instance on machines that limit Telemetry or have not been updated in a while, checking the Registry is all that is required on most Windows machines.

Here is how this works:

  1. Open the Windows Registry Editor on the PC. You may do so by opening start, typing regedit.exe and selecting the Registry Editor result from the listing. Using Windows-R to launch it from the run box is also an option.
  2. Paste the following path into the address bar at the top: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\TargetVersionUpgradeExperienceIndicators\
  3. Open NI22H2 to check the compatibility of Windows 11 version 22H2. Future versions of Windows 11 will use different keys, e.g. NI23H2 for the 2023 feature update.
  4. Find RedReason on the page and check it:
    1. If its value is NONE, there are no compatibility issues that prevent the upgrade to Windows 11 version 22H2.
    2. Any other value hints at compatibility issues. You may get multiple values listed, e.g., "TPM UEFISecureBoot", to indicate multiple compatibility issues.
  5. The String SystemDriveTooFull hints at another potential issue. A value of 0 indicates that there is enough storage space available for the upgrade. If you get 1, storage space is not sufficient.

The Registry key should be available on most Windows 10 and Windows 11 21H2 installations. It is no longer available for Windows 11 version 22H2 machines. Windows 10 machines may show other compatibility keys, e.g., 21H2 for the upgrade to Windows 10 version 21H2 if an older version of the operating system is installed.

Closing Words

The only upgrade that is problematic from a hardware compatibility point of view, is the upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. There may be edge cases, where hardware is changed or certain features are turned off, which may block the upgrades because of compatibility issues.

Now You: do you run Windows? Which version, and do you plan to upgrade to a newer version? (via Panu Saukko)

A look in the Registry reveals if your PC is compatible with Windows 11 version 22H2
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  1. Crystal Harris said on July 21, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    this is cool thing

  2. Me said on June 27, 2022 at 2:17 am

    Old news to those who know

  3. Graham said on June 25, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Microsoft: “Your PC is not compatible.”
    Me: *installs Windows 11 ISO*

    Guess it’s compatible, lol.

  4. Joe Soap said on June 24, 2022 at 9:33 am

    I’ve been migrating all of my 13 computers to Linux over the past 3 years. 9 done.

    The 4 remaining ones are running Windows 7 – the last of the Windows versions that could be justified for upgrading. Sadly since then Microsoft has badly lost its way with bloated garbage that essentially is trying to be a marketing system masquerading as an inefficient operating system.

  5. Anonymous said on June 24, 2022 at 2:39 am

    learning Linux .. Phucque Microsoft .. 30 year user …

  6. Emily anni said on June 23, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    I have absolutely no keys under “TargetVersionUpgradeExperienceIndicators” (Win11)!


  7. Belga said on June 23, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    I have absolutely no keys under “TargetVersionUpgradeExperienceIndicators” (Win11)!

  8. Anonymous said on June 23, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Why wouldn’t it be compatible with 22H2 if its already been for Windows 11 itself? Microsoft planning on yet another fake hardware block on chips that are less than 2 years old?

  9. chesscanoe said on June 23, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    I currently run Windows 10 21H2 19044.1766 and plan on staying on Windows 10 until it’s no longer supported. I reserve the right to “never say never”. ?

  10. Yuliya said on June 23, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    That key does not exist on LTSC 21h2.

  11. assurbani said on June 23, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    I have:

  12. Pete12 said on June 23, 2022 at 11:08 am

    I have RedReason ;” CpuFms Tpm UefiSecureBoot ” in the registry .
    On Win11 , upgraded from Win10 .

    So , Im not aible for next upgrade ?!
    HOW (?) to fix this ……….??

    1. Anonymous said on June 23, 2022 at 4:22 pm

      If you don’t get it, then you use an alternative method for bypassing these dumb requirements.

      Microsoft pretty much told most people “oh, you need either a TPM module you didn’t need or a whole new computer, you need to create all this e-waste in order to keep using our OS”
      Then they will tell you how much they care about the environment for some dumb hoax like ‘carbon footprint’ dumb lie, and how they are heroes because they are the good guys. Yet, all these tech companies are the reason more and more energy consumption is going on, and energy doesn’t appear from unicorn farts, and the non-green renewable energies are being pushed, when it has been shown they are a worst than any other else, of course, people will say how much better they are while holding a phone, and upgrading their phone every year like if all the materials needed, especially for the batteries were just easy to get and easy to recycle, but people don’t drop their technology because companies like Microsoft are doing anything possible to grab you by the balls and make you get technology slave, soon, you will probably need a phone to even clean your butt, and they will be glad to offer you that because all they care about is the power that technology is giving to them, and people will be more and more dependent and slaves of the whole system.

      So that’s pretty much what they are doing, they will not care to tell you “get a new technology” in order to upgrade.
      And why do you want to upgrade anyway? well, that’s why you shouldn’t even worry and just use a 3rd party tool to upgrade if needed.
      I upgraded 3 computers to win11, one completely clean installing with rufus, second one I used MediaCreationTool.bat and it worked perfectly, and the other let me force the upgrade becuase it was compatible but Lenovo didn’t have the drivers so they didn’t recommend it, maybe it was a mistake, or maybe I don’t care.

      Sometimes I wish I could just switch to linux but it is more a hassle with all the software not available for Linux, especially when we talk about 2D stuff, Design, photography, etc etc, it is dominated by Windows and Mac, and some are Mac only and few ones are still Windows only, others have released the version for both recently like CorelDraw.
      For 3D things are better but many software are still Windows and Mac only like Zbrush or Marmoset.
      So the idea of using Linux seems fine until you just want to run your software without any problem, and that’s the only reason why Windows is still dominating the marketshare, but their whole ideas of windows 11 with dumb requirements is the first real reason I see to boycott Windows because it is stupid to have to use 3rd party tools for something windows 10 could run no problems, and we can’t just pretend win10 and 11 are not the same, they are, Win11 doesn’t have anything win10 doesn’t, Microsoft is the one causing that and pretending you should have TPM crap and a modern cpu or anything.

      1. Rush said on June 24, 2022 at 4:21 am

        @ Anonymous said on June 23, 2022 at 4:22 pm

        You Should Switch To Linux
        It’s free: No license, no fees – Linux is completely free to use unlike Microsoft Windows or macOS. You don’t need to purchase any kind of licenses (or shell out cash for specific hardware) to use it for personal or commercial use.

        More Secure: Antivirus not required – To be honest, every platform has its share of issues. However, Linux is one of the most secure platforms when compared to macOS and Windows.

        Compatible with old and low-end hardware – Find that out-dated or bricked computer and allow it to live again. – Microsoft’s latest Windows 11 ( or 10) doesn’t work very well with older computers and you probably already know that. macOS is a different story because you don’t really have the option of choosing your own hardware — so there’s nothing to talk about here.

        It’s not that complicated to use

        Drivers installed automatically

        Customize the looks of your desktop as much you like. KDE Plasma my favorite.

        Software center to get all apps in one place, including a plethora of Desktop Publishing Apps, also…one can incorporate layers of Wine into your Linux distro as you can add M$’s exe. files.

        Using less resources than M$bloat, the gaming on Linux is superior.

        Community support- Probably the best thing about Linux is the community of users itself.
        Not just blogs/publications like ours — but you can interact with people to get help on numerous forums. You will find a lot of helpful users online who will go an extra mile to help you out. So, you’re not alone, you’re in a family.

        Linux is Open Source- If you like to have transparency on what you use on a day-to-day basis, Linux (in general) is the perfect choice to have.

        Which Distro? See, Mike Turcotte-McCusker on this site, he has excellent reviews of Linux distro’s of interest and where to download Iso’s.

        Good Luck

      2. philg said on June 30, 2022 at 11:08 pm

        Every new version of windows (since WFW) and i hear “i’m switching to linux” makes me think that after a bad date they would “go gay” in protest. Or just wait till next year with 11.1 comes out and most of this cr@p is fixed. Just like every time before.

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