Windows 1o users out there may be disappointed to discover your PC isn’t ready for Windows 11. Even though Microsoft is bringing the same notifications it uses for Windows 10 updates to its Windows Insider Program for Windows 10: New Features.
The software giant is using notifications in the app as a way of ensuring users are aware of potential problems before updating their operating system. In the past, you might recall upgrading to Windows 10 during its free phase caused a lot of computers to crash.
Microsoft doesn’t want to see that happen again. If Microsoft detects an issue, it will trigger a notification in the app directing users to further details on resolving it. Users can view this information at any time by opening the Windows Insider Program > Settings menu and then clicking on Help And Feedback > Why Can’t I Update This PC Right Now?
PC Health Check tells you that your PC isn’t ready for Windows 11
Microsoft has updated its PC Health Check App to show more information about why your computer won’t be able to run Windows 11, to help deal with some of the confusion that’s sprung up around compatibility. If you’ve already downloaded the app, it should auto-update when you go running it again, and if you haven’t downloaded it yet you can get it here.
There’s been a bit of confusion about what Windows 11 will and won’t run on, and the previous version of the tool didn’t necessarily help clear any of it up, mainly showing users a pass/fail message with no details. Now, it should at least give some clue as to why your computer isn’t compatible, be it an issue with storage, secure boot compatibility, or your processor.
As some have pointed out, the messages the tool gives out are still light on details in some cases: “the processor isn’t supported” isn’t really an actionable item, as it doesn’t tell you why your CPU can’t run Windows 11. If you’d rather upgrade a component or two in your system instead of just going out and buying a new PC, you’re going to have to do some more research.
You may want to wait on that, though: Microsoft still seems to be working through its messaging of what is and isn’t supported, especially when it comes to CPUs. So stay tuned for a final answer before you try to brave the PC part market during a chip shortage.
What to do if your PC can’t update to the latest Windows 10 build
If your PC is failing to update to the latest Windows 10 build, it may be because it is not currently configured correctly to run Windows 10. To resolve this, you will need to ensure that your PC is running the correct operating system and has the required hardware drivers installed.
You can check if your computer currently runs Windows 10 by clicking Start > Settings > System > About > More Information > Operating System. If your operating system reads as “Windows 10”, your computer is ready to update. If it reads as “Windows 10 Insider Preview”, you will need to ensure your computer is configured to run Windows 10. Please note that the Windows 10 Insider Preview should not be installed on your primary computer.
Your PC is in a poor state for updating to the latest Windows 10 build
If your computer is in a poor state for updating to the latest Windows 10 build, you may need to make a few adjustments before upgrading. Below are some common issues Microsoft has seen and instructions on how to resolve them.
If you have more than 16GB of RAM installed, you may need to reduce the amount of RAM in order to update to Windows 10. You can do this by rebooting your computer and opening the Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Startup and Recovery > System Memory and reducing the amount of memory shown.
If you have an antivirus installed, ensure it is up to date and configured correctly to allow the update to proceed. Some antivirus may raise false alarms when the Windows 10 update is detected. If you have a third-party disk encryption service installed, such as Symantec Drive Encryption, you will need to ensure it is up to date to allow Windows 10 to update correctly.
What are the minimum requirements for Windows 11
Before attempting to update to Windows 11, you should first ensure your computer meets the minimum requirements to run the latest version of Windows 10. These are as follows: 64-bit OS: running Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, or Windows 10 for Workstations. Intel Processor: minimum of Intel i3-3250 or AMD FX-6350 RAM: minimum of 8GB
You have a 3rd party disk encryption service installed.
If you have a third-party disk encryption service installed, such as Symantec Drive Encryption, you will need to ensure it is up to date to allow the update to proceed. Some third-party disk encryption services may raise false alarms when the Windows 10 update is detected. In addition, if you have a third-party antivirus installed, ensure it is up to date and configured correctly to allow the update to proceed. Some antivirus may raise false alarms when the Windows 10 update is detected.
Windows 10 only supports certain versions of DirectX and these are not currently installed.
If the latest version of DirectX is not installed, you will need to download the latest version from Microsoft’s website and install it before attempting to update to Windows 11. Alternatively, you can attempt to update to the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build which comes with DirectX 12 installed. You can download the latest version of DirectX here.
Once you have downloaded the file, click “Run” to begin the installation process. You will be asked to accept a license agreement before the installation begins. You can also choose to “Custom” and select only the components you require. You can also attempt to update to the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build which comes with DirectX 12 installed. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build can be found here.
There may be an issue with your computer’s hardware. This could be an incompatible device, a conflict with other services, or a problem with your computer’s battery or power supply.
If there is an issue with your computer’s hardware, it may not be able to update to Windows 11. This could be due to an incompatible device, a conflict with other services, or a problem with your computer’s battery or power supply.
If you have an incompatible device, such as an older printer, scanner, or other hardware, you may need to disable or remove it before the update can proceed. If you are unsure how to do this, you can refer to your computer’s manual or online documentation for assistance.
You can also attempt to update to the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build which comes with device drivers pre-installed and selected. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build can be found here.
Install Windows 11 on Unsupported systems using MCT.bat script
You can attempt to install Windows 11 on a computer that is not currently supported by downloading and executing the MCT.bat script. This script will install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and force the installation of Windows 11. You can find instructions on how to download and execute the script here.
Download the Windows 11 Upgrade Assistant
You can also attempt to install Windows 11 using the Windows 11 Upgrade Assistant. This tool scans your computer to determine if it is ready for Windows 11. You can download the Windows 11 Upgrade Assistant from Microsoft’s website here.
Disable CSM in BIOS or Ensure UEFI is enabled
If your computer is UEFI-enabled, ensure the computer’s BIOS contains the correct configuration. If your computer is configured for CSM instead of UEFI, you will need to make the appropriate changes to allow the update to proceed. Refer to your computer’s manual or online documentation for assistance.
If you are a member of the Windows Insider Program, you can follow these recommendations to ensure your PC is ready to update to the latest Windows 10 build or the latest version of Windows 11. If you are experiencing issues with your computer, consult your computer’s manual or online documentation to ensure you are correctly configuring the computer’s hardware.