How to Determine if Your PC Will Run Windows 11 When It Comes Out

This very short tutorial will show you how to use a completely free app from Microsoft to determine if your computer will be able to run Windows 11.

Here are the Windows 11 minimum system requirements:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): version 2.0
Graphics Card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
Display: At least 9″ with HD Resolution (720p)
Other: A Microsoft account and internet connectivity are required to setup Windows 11 Home Edition.

If you read though those requirements and thought to yourself “uh what’s a Trusted Platform Module?” welcome to the club. I found this article explained what they are quite well.

Hands down the easiest way to determine if your PC can run Windows 11 is to download and install the small utility created by Microsoft named Windows PC Health Check (Note: the app will begin to download as soon as you click the link). If you’re more comfortable downloading it directly from a Microsoft.com page, head over here and scroll down to the Get ready section. Once the download completes, run the WindowsPCHealthCheckSetup.msi file from your Downloads folder.

Once the installation has completed, make sure to leave a check in the box labeled Open Windows PC Health Check and then click the Finish button.

the final screen in the Windows PC Health Check installation wizard

When the app opens up, click the Check now button found in the Introducing Windows 11 section.

the Windows PC Health Check app with an arrow pointing at the Check now button
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After a few moments you’ll get a message letting you know if your PC is going to be able to run Windows 11 or not. As illustrated in the screenshot below, I guess I’ll need a new PC if I want to use Windows 11.

a message letting you know if your computer can run Windows 11

That’s it! You can uninstall the app now, it’s not particularly helpful beyond determine whether a computer can run Windows 11.


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