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Microsoft will discontinue Windows 10 support over the next few years, so it’s important to make sure your device supports Windows 11.

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Windows 11 fell this week (here is our full Windows 11 review) and it came with significant compatibility issues. The issue of compatibility has been on the minds of a lot of PC users since Microsoft unveiled its first major upgrade of the operating system in six years this summer. Fortunately, Windows 11 should work with most PCs, according to a company blog post. Dog dog its release date has finally arrived, even compatible devices will not necessarily get the upgrade yet-Microsoft says you may have to wait until mid-2022 to download and install Windows 11.

Annoyingly, Microsoft’s own device compatibility tool – the PC Health Check app – was not up to standard when Microsoft first announced Windows 11 earlier this year (there were reports that it did not give people enough information as to why their devices were not compatible), so the company temporarily removed the app. But Microsoft’s PC Health Check is now back online and in order. The app tells you if your computer meets the requirements to run Windows 11 – and if it does not, it will tell you why and provide links for more support.

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But it’s not the only way to check if your device is working with the free Windows 11 update. Read on for all your options for checking Windows 11 device compatibility. With Windows 11 release date finally here (remember though that it will be one staggered rollout), it’s a good idea to check your own computer. If your device does not meet the qualification requirements, you may need to replace your pc by 2025 as Microsoft is phasing out Windows 10 over the next several years.

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Option 1: Use Microsoft’s PC Health Check app to see if your computer can run Windows 11

Follow these steps to test if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 11.

1. Download Microsoft PC Health Check. Open the file, accept the terms of service and click Install. Make sure the box is checked with Open PC Health Check and click Exit.

pc health check

Here’s what you can see after running the updated Microsoft PC Health Check app if your device is not compatible with Windows 11.


2. The app’s home page that pops up says “PC health in an instant.” At the top is a box “Introduction to Windows 11.” click on Check now.

If your machine is not compatible, you will get a message saying “This PC does not currently meet Windows 11 system requirements, “with more information below.

If your machine is compatible, you can download the Windows 11 update for free. The official Windows 11 release date is today, October 5th, but Microsoft is planning a staggered rollout, and many devices will only see the upgrade in 2022.

Option 2: Try the WhyNotWin11 app to check Windows 11 compatibility

An open source app called WhyNotWin11 is a great alternative to the PC Health Check app. The Github app, created by a developer who is not affiliated with Microsoft, has a less friendly interface, but it should give you more information and go into more detail about various potential compatibility issues. Here’s more information from TechRadar on how to use it to determine your own device’s compatibility with Windows 11.

Option 3: Check Microsoft’s list of system specifications for Windows 11

To determine if your current PC will be able to run Windows 11, you can check this list of system specifications on the Microsoft website or in the chart below. If your machine is compatible, you can download the Windows 11 update for free when it becomes available.

What are the system requirements to run Windows 11?

Here is full list of system requirements for Windows 11, including at least 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a 720p screen larger than 9 inches diagonally.

Windows 11 requirements




1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip


4 GB


64 GB or larger storage device

System firmware

UEFI, Secure Boot -compatible


Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

Graphics card

Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver


HD (720p) screen larger than 9 inches diagonally, 8 bits per. Color channel

Internet connection and Microsoft account

For Windows 11 Home Edition: Internet Connection; Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use. For all Windows 11 editions: Internet access to perform updates and download and use some features; Microsoft account for some features

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