Method 1: PC Health Check
The best solution is to use an application developed by Microsoft specifically to check the compatibility of your PC with the new Windows 11.
- Follow the link above to the page describing the main features of Windows 11, scroll it almost to the very bottom, to the “Check Compatibility” block, and click on the button “DOWNLOAD PC HEALTH CHECK APP”.
- “Save” the installation file to your computer, pointing to the system ” Explorer” convenient disk space.
- Launch it when the download is complete.
- Wait while installation completes.
- When it’s done, check the box ” Open Windows PC Health Check” and click Finish.
- When the program is running, click on the “Check now” button located in its main window.
- Wait a few seconds for the software and hardware components to be identified, then review the result of the test. The computer we are using, as you can see from the image below, is not compatible with the latest OS version from Microsoft.
For more details, click on the “Show all results” button. If your PC meets the Windows 11 requirements, you will see the following notification and can upgrade for free in the appropriate section of system settings.
Method 2: Comparison yourself
If for some reason you don’t want to install the software suggested above, you can do otherwise – first familiarize yourself with the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, and then compare them with the characteristics of the PC. This approach definitely cannot be called simple and convenient, but it still has the right to exist.
- Go to the Microsoft site page linked at the beginning of the previous instruction, scroll down and click on the “See. MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS”.
- Please read carefully with all the information that will be indicated on the page, — text description,
- hardware characteristics
- and peripherals.
Leave the above tab open – it will will be needed for further comparison.
- In any convenient way, find out the main characteristics of your computer, and if you have no idea how to do this, check out the instructions provided at the link below.Learn more: How to check Windows 10 computer specs
- In addition to the system and hardware information you got in the previous step, there are two more parameters you need to define, since most benchmark programs don’t specify them.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which is responsible for storing cryptographic keys and encryption, can be represented by a software module or a separate chip on the board.
To check if it exists, press Win+R to open the Run window, type tpm.msc into it, and press Enter or OK.
Pay attention! The message shown in the image above does not yet indicate the absence of the TPM module.It can simply be disabled, in which case it will need to be activated manually in the BIOS / UEFI – for this, in the section ” Security” (may be called differently), find an item with one of the following names: TPM, Trusted Platform Module, Security Chip, fTPM, TPM Device or PTT. Enabling is usually done by selecting the “Enabled” value.
Another requirement for Windows 11 is Secure Boot support, to check if it’s there:
- Start the “System Information” snap-in (you can just type this name into the search and then select the appropriate result).
secure boot” and pay attention to its meaning. If it says “On”, then your PC meets the requirements of the new OS for this parameter.
- If the “Secure Boot State” is set to “Off”, it will need to be enabled in the BIOS/UEFI (provided that this feature is supported by the system). As in the case of the TPM 2.0 module discussed above, the desired item is often located in the “Security” section and is called “Secure Boot” — it will need to be set to the “Enabled” state.
- Now that you know all the characteristics of your computer, compare them with the minimum system requirements indicated on the Microsoft website. Particular attention should be paid to those parameters that the PC Health Check utility checks first, — Secure Boot support, TPM V2, compatible processor, sufficient memory.
In this way, you will completely find out on your own whether your PC or laptop is compatible with Windows 11. In addition, by following the steps in step 4 of the current instructions, you will activate two important parameters, without which you will not be able to upgrade to the latest current version of the operating system, nor install it from scratch.