How-to: Microsoft’s PC Health Check

How-to: Microsoft's PC Health Check

Windows 11 is officially released, but not every machine can run it; you may need Microsoft’s PC Health Check to find out.

PC Health Check is an Microsoft application that not only runs basic diagnostics on your Windows device, but also checks for compatibility for Windows 11. On machines running processors older than Intel 8th generation, there’s a good chance that it’ll throw up an error telling you that your PC can’t run Windows 11.

Windows Update will now kick into diagnostic mode with some basic health checks against System Information. It may well recommend you install the PC Health Check application if not already installed.

At worst it may declare you won’t get a free Windows 11 upgrade. But new machines should have nothing wrong, and slightly older machine may only be lacking the right setting in the UEFI/BIOS. That setting is actually listed in the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, which are:

  • Processor 1 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
  • TPM Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics card DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
  • Display 9inch or larger with HD Resolution (720p)
  • Internet connection Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

The TPM requirement is causing most grief currently. While TPM support has been included in processors for a few years now, it is frequently turned off by default as it’s not used by many domestic users and lots of corporate users.

PC Health Check will give you a breakdown of it’s findings, not only for Windows 11 upgrades, but a stack of other issues as well. AJS

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