Ahead of Windows 11’s official launch on October 5, Microsoft has now re-launched its PC Health Check app, which will ensure whether your PC will be able to run Windows 11 and is now free to download to anyone.
Previously, the app was made available to a limited number of users and Microsoft even temporarily removed the app to address some feedback given by users. So, we hope that this new version will make things a bit more clear than they were last time.
The new version of the PC Health Check app will let you know about your Windows 10 PC’s processor, graphics card, and other hardware are compatible with the update to the new OS and even recommend you actions needed to make the device Windows 11-worthy.
However, the minimum requirements for Windows 11 have become more or less complicated with;
- At least a dual-core 1GHz 64-bit CPU .
- At least 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
- TPM 2.0 should also be enabled to meet Windows 11’s security requirements.
Also, the list compatible CPUs with Windows 11 include;
- 8th-generation Intel processors and 2nd-generation AMD Ryzen processors (based on the Zen+ architecture) or later.
- 7th-generation Intel processors including the Core X series, Xeon W series, and the Core i7-7820HQ.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chip or newer for Arm laptops.
For most laptops and pre-built PCs made in the past two years or so, there should be very few problems in that regard. Whereas Custom-built PCs, on the other hand, might run into some issues with the security requirements, and even if a TPM 2.0 module is installed, it might not be enabled and requires one to open the device’s BIOS settings to enable it.
With older processors, there is more work to do and potentially more expenses. It would be better for such users to stick to Windows 10 for the time being or even manually install Windows 11 if they want to do so.
As, Microsoft has already cleared that if your PC’s CPU technically doesn’t support the upgrade, you can still force it to accept new OS by installing it via an ISO file, But which could further result in no longer receiving even critical security updates and putting the user at even greater risk.