Microsoft has recently launched Windows 11 with strict system requirements. Many PCs do not fall into the compatibility list because of it. You can either manually check the system requirements or use the PC Health Check app on Windows 10 to know whether your computer is compatible or not.

The PC Health Check app makes it easy to check the compatibility, as you don’t need to check everything manually. However, before checking how to use this app on Windows 10, a glance at basic system requirements can be helpful.

System Requirements for Windows 11

Your system has to meet the below minimum system requirements to run Windows 11:

  • Processor – 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • RAM – 4 GB
  • Storage capacity – 64 GB or more
  • System firmware – UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM – Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0
  • Graphics card – DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • Display – High definition 720p display greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel

You can also check the extended list of complete Windows 11 system requirements to use the advanced features. If your PC meets the above requirements, you can conveniently upgrade to Windows 11 for free.

However, if you are unsure what configuration your PC has, you can check out the section below to check system compatibility using the PC Health Check application.

Use PC Health Check App to Check Device Compatibility

If you have updated to the KB5005463 version in Windows 10, you can search for the PC Health Check app directly in the Start menu. This is because Microsoft rolled out the PC Health Check app in this particular update of Windows 10. In case of confusion, you can check the Windows 10 version.

However, if you have not recently updated Windows, you can manually download and install the PC Health Check app. And if you already have a PC Health App installed, move on to the ‘Check your PC Compatibility’ section.

Download and Install PC Health Check App

You can download the PC Health Check app from the official Microsoft website. However, avoid downloading it from other sources, as you may end up with viruses on your computer.

On the Microsoft site, click on the “Download PC Health Check App” link to download the MSI package of the app.

Download PC Health Check app
Download PC Health Check app

You will need an Internet connection to download the PC Health Check app. The download file is 13 MB.

Once the file is downloaded, double-click on it and click on “Run” to begin the installation process.

Click on Run
Click on Run

On the next window, check on the checkbox next to “I accept the terms in the License Agreement.”

Click on the “Install” button.

Click on Install
Click on Install

Next, tick the checkbox next to “Open Windows PC Health Check.” And if you wish to add a shortcut to the app on the desktop, select that option as well.  

Once the options are selected, and preferences are set, click on “Finish” to complete the installation.

Click on Finish
Click on Finish

Now, you can check if your PC is supported by Windows 11 or not. Unfortunately, the display and graphics card options are not checked by the PC Health Check app, as most PCs support it. However, you can check those configurations manually, if required.

Check your PC Compatibility

Launch the PC Health Check app on your computer if it is not already opened. Once the app opens, click on the “Check now” button in the app window.

Click on Check now button
Click on Check now button

The app will check your PC entirely to see if it is compatible with Windows 11 or not.

If your PC is compatible with Windows 11, you will see ‘This PC meets Windows 11 requirements’ as shown below.

Compatible PC
Compatible PC

However, if your computer does not meet even one system requirement, you will see the message that ‘This PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements.’

You can click on “See all results” to check what requirements are met and what is left. In most cases, either TPM 2.0 or processor does not match the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. This happens mostly with older PCs.

 Incompatible PC
Incompatible PC

If your PC has TPM, but it is disabled by default, the PC Health Check tool will show TPM not detected. In such a case, you need to enable TPM 2.0 via BIOS.

Also, the secure boot needs to be enabled from BIOS. Once everything is in place, you can upgrade to Windows 11 without any issue.

Microsoft Force Installing PC Health Check App on Windows 10

If you don’t wish to install the PC Health Check app on your PC, manually checking the system requirements can also help you. However, if you already updated to KB5005463 update of Windows 10, you have ended up with the PC Health Check app forcibly.

According to many Windows 10 users, including us, the PC Health Check app is getting installed on its own even after uninstalling it several times via the Settings app.

Microsoft recommends this app to keep Windows up-to-date, backup and sync, get tips on device health, manage startup programs, and check PC compatibility with Windows 11. The choice of having this app on their computer is not left to users. Fortunately, it does not take up much space on your hard drive.

You can wait until Microsoft investigates this problem and comes up with a solution. Until then, keeping the app on your computer is the only option.

Conclusion

Microsoft made it easy to check system compatibility by introducing the PC Health Check app. It also started rolling out this app in the Windows 10 update. So you can know if your PC is supported by Windows 11 operating system in just one click.

The app also shows what configuration of your computer is not compatible with Windows 11. Mostly, users report that it is the TPM and processor that are outdated on their PCs.

You may need to change hardware configurations on your current PC or purchase a new PC with Windows 11 requirements to perform an upgrade. However, once all the requirements are met, the Windows 11 upgrade process should be smooth.

FAQs

Where is the PC Health Check app?

You can search for the PC Health Check app in the Start menu if you have updated to the KB5005463 version of Windows 10. If not found, you can manually download the app from the official Microsoft website.

Can I Uninstall the Windows PC Health Check app?

Yes, you can uninstall the PC Health Check app via the Settings app without any issues. But, if you recently updated to the KB5005463 version, Windows will reinstall the app every time you uninstall it. So, you can simply wait until the fix for this issue is given by Microsoft.

How do I check if my computer is compatible with Windows 11?

You can use the PC Health Check app or go through system requirements manually to check if your computer is compatible with Windows 11 or not.