Let’s quickly check Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements to get a free upgrade to Windows 11. Is it possible to fix the issue? This PC can’t run Windows 11? For some of the devices, it’s possible to fix the issue related to Windows 11 supports.
You can check for compatibility using the PC Health Check app to see if your current PC meets the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11. You have to download the Windows 11 PC Health Check App from the Microsoft site.
I have seen an issue while running this tool when the Windows 10 PC is managed by Microsoft Intune. It won’t give you the support details instead, the following message will be displayed “Your Organization Managed Updates on this PC.”
Update: It seems Microsoft is going to allow unsupported hardware (only for processors and TPM) to upgrade to Windows 11. However, the other hardware requirements like minimum TPM 1.2 and Secure boot are going to be stay. It seems Microsoft will allow enthusiasts to install Windows 11 using ISO. You can download Windows 11 ISO.
Windows 11 Upgrade Requirements PC Health Check App
I was wondering why this PC health app is not available in the Microsoft store! All these apps, along with Android Apps through Amazon Appstore, will be available in the Microsoft store. Microsoft announced Windows 11 release and support details in the Windows next-generation event.
Let’s have a quick check on Windows 11 upgrade requirements PC Health Check App Updates. We will check Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements to get a free upgrade to Windows 11. It seems Microsoft will allow enthusiasts to install Windows 11 using ISO (even with some unsupported hardware components). You can download Windows 11 insider version ISO.
I think Microsoft is nearing the release of Windows 11 into the production ring, and that is why they are ramping up all the insider build versions. Also, Microsoft shared the updated requirements for Windows 11 upgrade. You can download the insider version of the PC health check tool.
Windows 11 Upgrade Support is announced for the following processors. These processors were not included in the initial list of supported processors for Windows 11. The PC Health tool is not updated (check the product version of the Health check tool and confirm) with the latest list of supported processors. As per Microsoft, this tool will get updated soon. I see there are a couple of welcoming updates.
- 7th Generation Intel processors
- AMD Zen 1 (First Generation)
NOTE! – You can now look into registry Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\CompatMarkers\CU22H2 to check whether your PC has a block (for example CPU, TMP, etc ) in place or not. Thanks to Trevor Jones.
Ways to install Windows 11 on Unsupported Hardware
Microsoft provided a method (unsupported officially) to speed up Windows 11 upgrade availability for tech enthusiasts. You can also use this method of adding registry entries to skip TPM 2.0 (TPM 1.2 must be enabled) and CPU/Processor checks while running the Windows 11 prerequisite checker before the upgrade.
Windows 11 ISO download page, you will need to select the first option called Windows 11 Installation Assistant. This is the best option to assess the minimum system requirement before upgrading to Windows 11. Once registry entries are in place on your Windows 10 device, the Windows11InstallationAssistance.exe tool skips the check for TPM 2.0 and CPU versions. This helps us to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.
The following registry key hack helps to skip the minimum hardware requirement check for Windows 11 upgrade process.
- Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup
- Name: AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU
- Type: REG_DWORD
- Value: 1
NOTE! – If you upgrade the operating system to Windows 11 on an unsupported device, there are risks that Microsoft documented. Your device might malfunction due to these compatibility or other issues. Devices that do not meet these system requirements will no longer be guaranteed to receive updates (including security updates).
Primary Windows 11 Upgrade PC Health Check App Requirements
I have again received the message that this PC doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 System Requirements. You can check to see there are things you can do, and if not, you will keep getting Windows 10 updates. Detailed analysis video below.
- This PC must support secure boot – Yellow – OK to upgrade
- TPM 2.0 must be supported and enabled on this PC – Yellow – OK to upgrade
- The processor isn’t currently supported for Windows 11 – Red (but this is temp issue).
- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz
NOTE! – This PC health check tool will be updated soon to make the 7th Generation processors OK to proceed. Microsoft already announced support for 7th Gen Intel processors.
Additional Windows 11 Upgrade Requirements
You can click on See All Results button from Windows 11 upgrade PC health check tool to get more details about all the requirements.
- There is at least 4 GB of System Memory (RAM) – Green – Good to proceed with Windows 11 Upgrade.
- I have System memory: 8GB
- The System Disk is 64 GB or Later – Green – Good to proceed with Windows 11 Upgrade.
- I have System Storage 256 GB
- Minimum 9 GB of Free disk space
- The processor has two or more cores – Green – Good to proceed with Windows 11 Upgrade.
- I have processor Core: 4
- The processor clock speed is 1 GHz or Faster – Green – Good to proceed with Windows 11 Upgrade.
- I have Clock Speed: 2.6 GHz
Windows 11 PC Health Check App
Let’s run the MSI app on the current PC to verify whether Windows 11 is supported or not. Once you install Windows 11 PC health check app, you will get an overview of your Windows 10 device with all the hardware details.
A few things like TPM & UEFI check results are missing in the result. And I assume that is going to be the biggest challenge for most of the PC owners here.
You need to click on Check now button to start the Windows 11 health check. The result for me was not promising.
This PC can’t run Windows 11 – While this PC doesn’t meet the system requirements to run Windows 11, you’ll keep getting Windows 10 updates.
Windows 11 Security Enhancement
There are three main pillars of Windows 11 Security.
Security – Windows 11 raises the bar for security by requiring hardware that can enable protections like:
- Windows Hello
- Device Encryption
- Virtualization-based security (VBS)
- Hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI)
- Secure Boot
Windows 11 Reliability – Devices upgraded to Windows 11 will be in a supported and reliable state.
Windows 11 Compatibility – Windows 11 is designed to be compatible with the apps like minimum system requirements for Office and Microsoft Teams.
- CPU >1GHz, 2-core processors
- RAM > 4GB memory
- Hard Disk > 64GB of storage and 9 GB of free disk space
Possibilities of Fixing – Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements Issues
The following table provides the basic requirements for installing Windows 11 on a desktop or laptop. If your device is similar to one of my devices that is 5-6 years old, then mostly these devices won’t support the TPM 2.0 chipset.
If your device does not meet these requirements, you won’t be able to install Windows 11 on your device. You can try to check what is the minimum system requirement that you are missing for Windows 11 support or not.
You might be able to upgrade the hardware for some of the desktops and laptops. But you might want to consider purchasing a new Windows device with Windows 11 pre-installed.
|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 gigabyte (GB)|
|Storage:||64 GB or larger storage device|
|System firmware:||UEFI, Secure Boot capable|
|TPM:||Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0|
|Graphics card:||Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver|
|Display:||High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel|
|Internet connection and Microsoft accounts:||Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity|
|Additional Processor Support||Intel 7th Gen processors that we did not originally include in our minimum system requirements.|
|Additional Processor Support||Intel® Core™ X-series, Xeon® W-series & Intel® Core™ 7820HQ (only select devices that shipped with modern drivers based on Declarative, Componentized, Hardware Support Apps (DCH) design principles, including Surface Studio 2)|
Unfortunately, Microsoft’s PC health check app didn’t provide detailed information on the finding. It just informs us that we can continue using Windows 10. Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements and Fix for This PC can’t run Windows 11 Error will evolve.
Windows 11 TPM Requirements
Windows 11 minimum TPM Requirement is 2.0 – Run the TPM.msc command to check the TPM version for free Windows 11 update!
If your PC is missing TPM 2.0, you might need to wait for a firmware update from the vendor. I have Surface Book, and it seems Microsoft is won’t release the TPM 2.0 update for this device.
NOTE! – Make sure you have enabled secure boot and TPM settings are enabled.
Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect on enterprise client management with over 17 years of experience (calculation done in 2018). He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, Intune. He writes about technologies like ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.…