Every windows fan is asking these days, how to check if your PC can run Windows 11?
So finally after a long wait and a leaked ISO file, Windows 11 got unveiled by Microsoft. Apart from the major Start menu revamp, Windows 11 has got a lot under its hood. Some of the best features of Windows 11 include the new start menu of course, with a new taskbar, snapping assist tool, and gesture support for the touch-based Windows tablet.
While this got all the Windows enthusiasts excited about the upgrade. And before you get excited to install the latest Windows on your computer, here is how you can check if your PC can run Windows 11 or not?
Check if your Windows 10 PC will support Windows 11?
Windows 11 will be offered for free to Windows 10 users. But Microsoft has made it clear that there will changes in minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. Translating that not all PCs running Windows 10 will Microsoft support the new Windows 11. Apart from that, we’re not sure if Windows 7 users will get the Windows 11 upgrade, but you can follow the instructions below to see if your PC qualifies for this new Windows.
- Download the PC Health Check App by Microsoft by clicking here.
- Now, install the PC Health Check app on your computer and launch it.
- As soon as you open the app, you will see a banner saying ‘Introducing Windows 11‘, with a ‘Check now‘ button on it.
- Click on the ‘Check Now‘ button below the banner.
- The app will check your PC and within few seconds, you will another popup letting you know whether your PC supports Windows 11 or not.
In most cases, if you are running a PC less than 4 years old, you’ll get an affirmation from the app that your computer supports Windows 11. That means you can install the new Windows as soon as it is out.
If it says otherwise, either your PC is too old or it is because of the mandatory TPM requirement. And if that’s the case, there is a higher chance that your PC might have TPM but it is disabled by your OEM. Thankfully, you can enable it yourself from the BIOS.
How to check if your computer has TPM?
Almost all modern PCs do have a TPM but it is disabled by the OEM on the motherboard. You can go inside the BIOS and enable it from there, it is like flipping a switch.
Since every BIOS setup is different, we really can’t go through a step-by-step process for the same. But all you need to do it, boot into the BIOS of your computer and look for these two settings:
- Intel Platform Trust Technology / Intel PTT: This should be set to enable. If you are running on an AMD chip, you need to look for AMD PSP fTPM and enable it, if it is disabled.
- Secure Boot: Secure Boot should be Enabled as well
Once everything is done, just boot into your computer. Now we will check if you have enabled TPM successfully or not.
- Open Windows Run by pressing Win + R keys combo.
- Type ‘tpm.msc‘ and hit enter to open the TPM Management window. Here you will see if you have successfully enabled TPM (PTT or fTMP) on your BIOS, along with all the details like the TPM version. The current minimum TPM requirement for Windows 11 is version 2.0.
Now that you have successfully enabled TPM on your computer and theoretically met all the Windows 11 minimum requirements. Let’s re-run the PC Health Check App to check if your PC can now run Windows 11, whenever it’s out.
And if everything goes fine, you will now see the popup saying, ‘This PC can run Windows 10‘.
FAQ: Can my PC run Windows 11?
What are the minimum system requirements to install Windows 11?
Microsoft has updated the list of the minimum requirement for this new version of Windows. Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows will no longer support the 32-bit hardware and they have also made TPM 2.0 mandatory for installation. Technically speaking, if you are on ancient hardware, you might want to upgrade.
That’s the reason why they are insisting on using the PC Health Check app for checking system compatibility. You can also check the list of all the processors that Windows 11 will support.
Can I install Windows 11 on TPM 1.2?
Earlier there were speculations that TPM 2.0 is the ideal TPM version for Windows 11 installation, and even users with TPM 1.2 will be able to install the new Windows. But recently Microsoft updated their TPM requirements strictly to TPM 2.0. And Windows 11 will not get installed if your PC has the older version of the TPM chip.
Frankly speaking, the hype around the minimum requirement for Windows 11 is a bit questionable. If you are on older incompatible hardware, you’ll have two options; either upgrade your computer or keep Windows 10 running.
While I agree from the security point of view, bringing a TPM chip on the plate is a move in the right direction. On the other hand, overlooking the older TMP 1.2 over making TPM 2.0 a minimum requirement is something, hard to digest.