Microsoft Released a Tool to Check Whether Your Computer Can Run Windows 11

By Bill Toulas / June 25, 2021

As we already knew from last week’s leaks, Microsoft was planning to present the world with Windows 11 on June 24, and it happened indeed. The new major operating system has arrived with a fresh new “glassy” look, rounded corners, a revamped Start Menu, new system sounds, Android app compatibility, window snapping, individualized virtual desktops, themes, widgets, and a lot more. If you have missed the presentation, check out the following video that sums up the most important new features.

Although some see Windows 11 as a glorified beautification of Windows 10, everyone expects the new system to evolve over time, so there are many users who would like to jump to it straight away. The question is, can your computer run it? Microsoft released a tool that checks your computer’s “health,” whatever that means, and generates a message to informs you if your PC or laptop, or tablet is compatible with Windows 11.

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Unfortunately, the tool doesn’t give many details about where your system is lacking in the case of a negative result. By checking several systems, we could determine that the only factor that consistently determines what’s considered compatible and what’s not is the processor support for TMP (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0, a hardware-based security technology made mandatory for implementation since July 2016. If you’ve built your system earlier than that, you won’t be able to upgrade to Windows 11 no matter how powerful your computer is otherwise.

In fact, the minimum requirements published by Microsoft yesterday aren’t even that demanding. To run Windows 11, you’ll need to cover the following system requirements:

This will undoubtedly lead a significant number of people to build new systems, but this is not the best time to set that TPM 2.0 requirement in this day of chip and computer component shortages. It’s not that security shouldn’t take the front seat - but the release of Windows 11 is bound to aggravate a situation that’s already pretty bad and which is not expected to get any better until at least another couple of years.

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