June 13, 2024

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Windows 11 compatibility checker is back: Here’s how to get it

Windows 11 is due for a full release this fall, and if you’re concerned your PC doesn’t meet the stringent Windows 11 system requirements, there’s some good news: Microsoft has once again made its PC Health Check app available. This time, though, the app is only available for Windows Insiders.

This is a big deal because the PC Health Check app can scan your PC and quickly tell you whether or not it’s ready to upgrade to Windows 11. Microsoft made the app available to everyone earlier this year, then took it offline in June because it was causing confusion by not providing enough clear explanations about why PCs weren’t meeting the minimum requirements for Windows 11.

In a blog post published this week, Microsoft representatives claim to have listened to feedback about the PC Health Check app’s confusing, unhelpful messaging and redesigned it to be more useful, with “more complete and improved messaging on eligibility and links to relevant support articles that include potential remediation steps” built in.

PC Health Check app

Microsoft provided this example of the PC Health Check app’s “improved messaging” and links to more information. (Image credit: Microsoft)

This is good news for anyone who’s been trying to puzzle out whether their system can run Windows 11 by, among other things, manually checking to see if they have a compatible CPU and the requisite TPM 2.0 chip. Now you can just join the Windows Insider Program (accomplished from within Windows 10 by opening your Settings menu, navigating to the Windows Insider Program section of the Update & Security menu, and clicking the Get Started button) and run the reborn PC Health Check app to see if you’re ready for the next generation of Windows.

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