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Find Out Why Your PC Won’t Run Windows 11

Microsoft’s PC Health Check app doesn’t do the best job in telling you why your PC won’t run Windows 11. Here is a new free utility that does a better job.

Microsoft made some big news this past Thursday when it announced a new operating system called “Windows 11.” The new OS will have new system icons (with rounded corners), a new Microsoft Store for apps with Android apps, a new Taskbar, a new Windows Snap feature, and many more. But Windows 11 will also have new system requirements to run it. Unfortunately, not every computer will meet these requirements – even if the computer is relatively new.

Minimum System Requirements for Windows 11

First, keep in mind that these are the minimum system requirements:

  • A modern 1Ghz 64-bit dual-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB drive
  • 9-inch display
  • 1366×768 resolution UEFI Secure Boot & TPM 2.0 compatible
  • DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WWDM 2.x

The main difference here is your PC will require Trusted Platform Module (TPM). It’s also not releasing a 32-bit version of the OS. Your version will need to be 64-bit – but note that 32-bit apps will continue to run on the new OS.

Windows 11 Health Check

Previously, we took a look at a utility from Microsoft that will help you determine if your PC is compatible. It’s called Widows PC Health Check. You run the utility and wait for it to scan your system. Unfortunately, a lot of people were getting messaged back saying their PC is incompatible with upgrading. Even though the user knows the PC meets the requirements. Microsoft made some adjustments to the utility. But there’s another app you might want to try instead.

A New Tool to Check Your PC’s Compatibility

The new tool to use is called: WhyNotWin11. Run it, and it will scan your PC and offer more detailed information on what your PC does or doesn’t meet as far as Windows 11 system requirements.

WhyNotWin11

Microsoft has said it is upgrading its PC Health Check, which you can download here. For more on the new OS, check out our growing list of Windows 11 articles.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Jerry Mooney

    Downloaded and installed, after over riding MS virus program that initially blocked it. Report was fast and, generally, informative and in a concise, readable format. However, while I will keep it in my files, it would have been a lot more beneficial if it had given or referenced how to address the items not marked OK. Provide guidance on how/where to address incompatibility in MS Win10 OS; what hardware/software one needs to activate, modify, replace, etc. After investing $$ in `state of the art’ MS Win10 compatible hardware only a couple of years ago which claimed to be designed for future abilities, I find MS (again) to be less than helpful to its clients. Still, I have no desire to (once again) shell out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars because they (once again) haven’t stayed on the upgrade path they led the hardware industry they would. If I didn’t find Apples OS so limiting to its user, I would have switched Decades ago to them. I’m locked in to the MS monolith and it has cost me way too much over the years.

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