Check Windows 11 compatibility with Microsoft PC Health Check

Microsoft released Windows 11 in October 2021 as a free upgrade to Windows 10. It has higher hardware requirements than its predecessor in order to improve the security of compatible devices. You can quickly check if your device is compatible with Windows 11 by using Microsoft PC Health Check. We are going to see step by step in this tutorial how to download, to install and to use this program in order to check Windows 11 compatiblity.

Microsoft PC Health Check - Windows 11 compatibility check
Microsoft PC Health Check – Windows 11 compatibility check

Microsoft PC Health Check application is distributed as a Windows 10 update on some devices so it might already be installed on your computer. You can download it using the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11#pchealthcheck if it is not yet installed on your device. Be sure to download it from Microsoft website and not from an other site in order to avoid any potential security threat!

Download PC Health Check from Microsoft website
Download PC Health Check from Microsoft website

I wanted to check if my PC was currently compatible with Windows 11 so I downloaded the PC Health Check App from Microsoft website.  The setup program is named WindowsPCHealthCheckSetup.msi and I had downloaded it into my computer downloads folder. Once downloaded, it can be executed using the “Open file” link in Microsoft Edge Downloads section for instance…

WindowsPCHealthCheckSetuo.msi
WindowsPCHealthCheckSetuo.msi

…or by double clicking the setup program using Windows File Explorer:

WindowsPCHealthCheckSetup.msi using File Explorer
WindowsPCHealthCheckSetup.msi using File Explorer

I executed the setup program, I accepted the Windows PC Health Check Agreement terms and I clicked the “Install” button to start the installation.

Windows PC Health Check Agreement
Windows PC Health Check Agreement

The installation took only a few seconds until I received the confirmation that I had been successfully installed. The “Open Windows PC Health Check” option was enabled by default and I decided to enable the “Add shortcut to desktop” option in order to be able to quickly execute this program from the PC desktop screen. I clicked the “Finish” button to close the installer.

Windows PC Health Check Installed
Windows PC Health Check Installed

The PC Health Check window opened with multiple performance and health data. I clicked the “Check now” button to check if my computer met Windows 11 system requirements .

PC Health Check program executed
PC Health Check program executed

And I quickly received the bad news: my computer didn’t currently met Windows 11 system requirements:

This PC doesn't currently meet Windows 11 system requirements
This PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements

TPM 2.0 support was not currently enabled on my PC. TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) is an international standard designed to secure hardware and it is used by Windows 11 to improve the security against firmware and ransomware attacks. It is often disabled by default on many computers built before the official release of Windows 11 even when they support it. So I was rather confident that I could enable TPM 2.0 in the computer motherboard BIOS UEFI settings and that’s something we will see in an other tutorial.

I was curious to see what were the additional Windows 11 requirements so I clicked the “See all results” button:

Additional Windows 11 System requirements
Additional Windows 11 System requirements

And as you can see in these screenshots, Windows 11 compatibility requires:

  • the PC to support Secure Boot, a feature that protect the system boot against attacks.
  • a supported processor (Intel Core 8th generation or later or AMD Zen+ architecture or later). You can check if your PC CPU is supported for Windows 11 by accessing the CPU detail from the CPU search page.
  • at least 4 GB of system memory (RAM).
Additional Windows 11 System requirements (2)
Additional Windows 11 System requirements (2)
  • at least 64GB for the system disk storage.
  • two or more CPU cores.

All these additional requirements were met by my PC. It should therefore be able it to pass Windows 11 compatibility test after enabling TPM 2.0 in the computer UEFI BIOS settings. We will see how to enable it in an other tutorial.

 

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