Windows 11 compatibility: PC Health Check returns for everyone

Microsoft spent the last three months testing the “PC Health
Check” for Windows 10, a free tool that allows anyone to
determine why their PC doesn’t meet the minimum hardware
requirements of Windows 11. Following extensive testing,
Microsoft’s compatibility checker app is finally out of beta
and now available to anyone who wants to try it out.

PC Health Check Tool was first published in the last week of
June, but it was taken down from the company’s website after
users flagged issues with the app. The app was later
re-released to a number of Windows Insiders for testing before
going live to the public (non-Insiders).

The revised version of the PC Health Check Tool has now been
made available on the company’s website over the weekend and it
was spotted by us earlier today. This new PC Health Check Tool
reveals a complete picture as to why a device doesn’t meet the
minimum Windows 11 requirements.

Windows 11 PC Health Check released
Microsoft’s website last and this week

Microsoft social media accounts and spokespersons have not yet
communicated with users about the availability of the PC Health
Check Tool. The tool was previously listed
as “coming soon”, but it can now be downloaded from the
official link.

What is PC Health Check Tool?

PC Health Check Tool has been created to help people determine
if their current desktop configuration could run Windows 11. If
your device does not meet the requirement, you’ll probably need
to replace your device by 2025 or you can use the official
loopholes to install Windows 11 at your own risk.

Windows PC Health Check

As you can see in the above screenshot, PC Health Check Tool
simply checks whether your PC meets the system requirements. If
it doesn’t, the app will tell you why, and provide links to
Microsoft’s documentation.

Windows 11 requirements

With Windows 11, Microsoft is phasing out support for older
processors and devices shipping without TPM 2.0. Unlike Windows
10, Windows 11 requires an 8th-gen Intel core processor, Ryzen
2000 and newer.

Microsoft recently took another look at the performance of
older processors to see if any of them could be allowed
for Windows 11. Following extensive testing, Microsoft
clarified that
older processors won’t be supported due to Blue Screen of Death
errors and driver compatibility issues, but these 7th-gen
processors will be supported:

  • Core X and Xeon W series.
  • Surface Studio’s Core 7820HQ processor.

In addition to the newer processor, Windows 11 requires TPM,
Secure Boot, 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and graphics
requirements.

Microsoft plans to allow Windows 11 on unsupported hardware via
the ISO images and Media Creation Tool, but don’t expect
regular updates or support from the company.

If you’re interested, you can download and install the updated
PC Health Check Tool from here.

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