A New and Better Way to Find Out Why Your PC Can or Cannot Run Windows 11
So many of you are asking us why your PC won’t run Windows 11. We wish we could tell you, but alas, we’re not Microsoft. And we certainly have no idea why they bothered to release an app, that in retrospect, appears to be half-baked.
It seems to us that the Windows PC Health Check app that tells you if your computer can run Windows 11 or not, fails miserably in telling you exactly why your computer cannot run Windows 11.
So today we’re going to tell you about WhyNotWin11. It’s a new program recently listed on GitHub that will tell you precisely why your computer cannot run Windows 11.
However, WhyNotWin11 comes with some challenges. First, it’s a new program and not widely downloaded. If you use Chrome, it will tell you that the file may be dangerous but allows you to download it.
When you try to run it, Windows SmartScreen will block the program from running. You’ll have to jump through a hoop to run it.
Here’s how to get around the SmartScreen block…
In the first “Windows protected your PC” dialog, click “More info”. (See the screenshot above).
In the second “Windows protected your PC” dialog, click “Run anyway”. (See the screenshot directly below.)
If you’re still reading and you’re willing to run through an obstacle course, WhyNotWin11 will show you why your computer can or cannot run Windows 11.
Here are the many reasons why my nine-year-old Dell – my old buddy – cannot run Windows 11.
But I have no fear, this PC will run Windows 10 just fine until either it dies… or Windows 10 support ends on 10/14/25.
If warnings, mazes, and hoops don’t deter you, you can download WhyNotWin11 from here.