Want to upgrade your device to Windows 11, but aren’t sure
about Windows 11 compatibility? Microsoft has finally
re-released the Windows 11 compatibility check tool and it’s
now easy to figure out if the latest version of the operating
system is compatible with your device.
Windows 11 was announced in June 2021 with new design
features that would make it an attractive upgrade for some
users. Microsoft later announced strict requirements for its
next operating system and a lot of users cannot upgrade to
Windows 11 for free from their existing PC—provided that it
doesn’t meet necessary hardware requirements.
Windows 11 is officially supported on PCs with Intel’s 8th-gen
core CPU, Ryzen 2000 series and above. Based on the telemetry
data from Windows Insiders, Microsoft has now added support for
select Intel’s 7th-gen chips. According to the updated list,
Windows 11 will now work on the following 7th-gen chips:
- Core X-series chips.
- Xeon W-series processors.
- Core i7-7820HQ (was on devices like the Surface Studio 2).
In other words, Microsoft is dropping support for older and
widely used 7th-generation Core processors. 6th-gen and other
processors are also unsupported. In fact, a chunk of
Microsoft’s own Surface lineup would be ineligible for Windows
Microsoft stands firm on hardware requirements and it looks
like older processors won’t be officially supported, but
loopholes will allow users to install Windows 11 on any device.
Check Windows 11 compatibility
To ensure that your system can run Windows 11, Microsoft
developed a tool called “PC Health Check”. Using this tool,
users can check whether their hardware and software will work
with the latest version of Windows.
Microsoft has now reinstated the PC Health Check tool which was
removed recently after users complained that the application
doesn’t work properly.
The PC Health Check tool is available for download as part of
the company’s Windows Insider program and it can now be
installed to check whether your hardware and software will work
with Windows 11. Your device is officially supported for
Windows 11 if it comes with newer processors, TPM 2.0 and
How to check Windows 11 compatibility using the PC Health Check
To know whether your device supports Windows 11, use these
- Head to Settings > System > About and verify
- Open Microsoft’s download page
and select the correct version of PC Health Check. If your
device comes with 64-bit architecture, select the first
- Double-tap on WindowsPCHealthCheckSetup.msi to install the
- In PC Health Check Tool, click on “Check now” to check