Can Your Computer Run Windows 11?
After weeks and months of speculation, Microsoft officially announced Windows 11 on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Subsequently, they released an app that Windows users can download to check to see if their computers will run Windows 11.
The app’s first edition only told users if their computer(s) would run Windows 11. It told them if the computer(s) would support Windows 11 or not. If the computer(s) didn’t support Windows 11, it indicated that but didn’t tell them why the computer(s) did not support Windows 11.
Microsoft updated the app on Friday to indicate the reason the PC would not support Windows 11.
If you want to check your PC to see if it will run Windows 11, download the app here. Double-click on the file you downloaded to run it.
Agree to the terms and click “Install”.
Click “Finish” to run the app.
A page will appear showing some information about your computer, including its age. Click the blue “Check now” button to check to see if your computer can run Windows 11.
Alas, this nine-year-old Dell PC does not have a secure boot option, so it cannot run Windows 11. Also, the old Dell PC does not support TPM (Trusted Platform Module), and its processor does not meet Windows 11’s requirements as it is more than four years old. Processors made before 2017 do not meet the “hard floor” requirements to run Windows 11.
My six-year-old ASUS computer cannot run Windows 11 because its Intel i5 processor was made before 2027 and does not meet Windows 11 requirements.
If your computer was built before 2017, there’s a good chance it won’t meet the “hard floor” minimum hardware requirements to run Windows 10 either.
And while Microsoft is making Windows 11 a free upgrade for all users of Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7, it’s hard to imagine many Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 computers will meet the requirements to run Windows 11. And we can already see there are going to be many angry and disappointed Windows, 10 users, too.
Microsoft does offer Windows 10 users some comfort. Microsoft reminds all Windows 10 users that they will continue to get updates for Windows 10 — at least until October 14, 2025.
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