THE TRUTH AFTER THE WARNING "YOUR PC CANNOT RUN WINDOWS 11"

Some users have received the "This PC can't run Windows 11" warning when running Microsoft's PC Health Check Tool software to check device compatibility. However, it seems that Microsoft's PC Health Check Tool has been misidentified.

This PC can't run Windows 11
This PC can't run Windows 11

Prior to the broader rollout, Microsoft has released a new app called "PC Health Check" to help users check the compatibility of their current device and, if that's not possible, prepare to upgrade. device level.

However, this software is not always accurate and quite a few people get the message "This PC can't run Windows 11". Many users have confirmed this problem when trying to check compatibility with PC Health Check Tool software, usually due to TPM 2.0 requirements or problems with existing software or hardware.

Windows 11 is designed to work on modern hardware, but the results from the PC Health Check Tool seem to be inaccurate, because many users receive the result "This PC can't run Windows 11" even when the device actually supports it.

Technically, nearly all modern Windows 10 PCs are eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade. However, the minimum requirements from Microsoft for Windows 11 are not straightforward, and the company's documents are also not. quite confusing.

According to the documentation, to run Windows 11, the system must have at least TPM 1.2 or later, and TPM 2.0 is the recommended requirement by the company.

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is a security feature built into all modern PCs that provides new deterrents at the hardware level. According to executives at Microsoft, almost every CPU in the last 5-7 years has a TPM. On Intel PCs it's called "Intel PTT". For AMD, it is again denoted "AMD PSP fTPM".

"TPM has been required for OEM certification since at least 2015 and it was actually announced in 2013," Microsoft said.

This PC can't run Windows 11
This PC can't run Windows 11

In fact, this warning is issued based on 2 tiers of requirements for Windows 11. Although the 2nd tier requires newer processors (8th Gen Intel CPU or later or AMD Ryzen 2000 or later), the However, the first tier allows anyone to install Windows 11 if the following requirements are met:

  • CPU with 2 cores and clocked at least 1GHz.
  • RAM: 4GB or more.
  • Internal memory: 64GB or more.
  • Security: TPM version 1.2 or higher.
  • SecureBootCapable = True

In other words, nearly every modern CPU on the market is compatible with Windows 11.

Why do we get "This PC can't run Windows 11" warning?

The PC Health Check app seems to again check device compatibility based on second-tier hardware requirements, which require an Intel 8th Gen or AMD Ryzen 200 or higher processor with TPM 2.0.

In practice, however, you can install Windows 11 if the minimum system requirements are met: a 64-bit dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz and TPM 1.2.

PC Health Check
PC Health Check

Microsoft confirms "This PC can't run Windows 11" error

Fortunately, Microsoft has received these complaints and is looking for a way to fix it.

A company representative confirmed that the Windows 11 Health Check app will be updated in the coming weeks with clearer information on system, hardware, and software requirements.

"We'll be improving the PC Health Check app over the next few weeks," Microsoft revealed.

Pre-builds of Windows 11 are scheduled for next week, and Microsoft expects to address some of those issues later this week.

TPM requirements

Windows 11 is designed for everyone and is compatible with all modern hardware. So, of course, it should run smoothly on PCs shipped in the last few years, but it can also be installed on older hardware.

Regarding TPM requirements, Microsoft executives explained that laptops shipped in the last few years all have TMP 2.0 features. Maybe your PC has TPM built in, but it's disabled in the BIOS. If it is disabled, you need to enter the BIOS, manually enable TPM and finally reboot the system.

You can check if your device has a compatible version of TPM by running the get-tpm command in Windows PowerShell:

get-tpm
get-tpm 

Besides, Microsoft also seems to be working on features to help you diagnose problems when installing Windows 11 updates on PCs running Windows 10.

Anyway, we don't need to rush to do this yet. Windows 11 is still in preview and is expected to be released this fall, so we have enough time to prepare to upgrade our devices.

Also, remember, Windows 11 is still Windows, and we'll have unofficial ways to bypass TPM requirements.

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