October 19, 2021

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Can You Upgrade to Windows 11? Microsoft’s PC Health Check App Is Back

After a botched first attempt, Microsoft has re-released its PC Health Check app, which tells you specifically why your machine will (or will not) be compatible with Windows 11.

Microsoft pulled the app in June because it was generating plenty of confusion and frustration among consumers. Initially, the app simply stated whether a PC was capable of supporting the OS, without stating why or why not. But it also misled people into thinking their PC wasn’t Windows 11-compatible when in fact their TPM 2.0 function was just inactive.

The company has since updated the app with a new button called “see all results,” which will break down why your PC does or does not makes the Windows 11 cut. (Windows Latest was first to report the news.)

PC Health Check App

PC Health Check App

As you can see, it’ll go through the various system requirements for the OS, such as the CPU, the need for Secure Boot and TPM 2.0, and match them to your PC. 

PC Health Check App

If your PC doesn’t meet the system requirements, the app will point out the problem. Clicking on a separate button called “device specifications” will then take you to a Microsoft web page that says you can continue using Windows 10, or shop for a new PC to get the upgraded OS. 

The app is available for anyone to download, and takes only a minute to install and run. But of course, you may be disappointed with the results. The system requirements for Windows 11 have been out for months now, and they show the OS won’t be officially supported on PCs with CPUs that are generally older than four years.

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The requirements have annoyed many PC users running relatively recent machines. But Microsoft has defended the hardware requisites, citing OS security and stability. The company is going to allow people to manually install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs, but proceed with caution, as these machines won’t be getting automated updates.

Windows 11 arrives on Oct. 5 for new and recently purchased PCs, but older PCs probably won’t get the option to upgrade until next year. 

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