Is your PC compatible with Windows 11? Three apps to find out

Every new windows update it is accompanied by controversy. This time, upgrade to Windows 11 involves checking your PC hardware, checking that the new software will hold up and if you have certain components such as the Trusted Platform module, the TPM 2.0, or a DirectX 12 compatible graphics card. The good news is that for know if you can update without problems you have several options, in addition to the official one, such as WhyNotWin11, one of the most popular.

In this article we offer you three testers, three easy-to-use and free applications with which you will know if your PC is ready for run windows 11 or if you run into a problem, especially related to hardware. Keep in mind that if your computer is several years old, it may not get along with the new Windows.

Windows 11 official requirements

If you enter the official Microsoft page on Windows 11 you will see a list of specifications, features and requirements that your PC should meet to use this new version of Windows normally.

Processor: 1 GHz or more with 2 or more cores. And 64-bit architecture or SoC.RAM: 4 GB.Storage: 64 GB or more.System firmware: UEFI compliant with Secure Boot.TPM: Secure Platform Module (TPM) 2.0.Graphic card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.Screen: High definition (720p) over 9 inches and 8-bit color channel.Internet connection and Microsoft account

In addition, there are certain components required to certain characteristics Windows 11, such as a modem compatible with 5G To access these types of mobile networks, a monitor HDR to enjoy Auto HDR when gaming or watching video, a pen drive to use the BitLocker to Go feature, one drive SSD NVMe 1 TB or more to use the DirectStorage feature, etc.

WhyNotWin11

We start with the most popular option. Although Microsoft announced that it would offer a tool with which check if your PC is compatible with Windows 11, this was done to beg. During this absence, other apps have taken their place. For instance, WhyNotWin11.

This is a simple free script that you can download from GitHub. When you run it, it will analyze your computer and give you information about the components of the PC in relation to its support for Windows 11.

Among other things, WhyNotWin11 show compatibility at the level of architecture, boot, CPU, support for DirectX, RAM, available space, etc. In red if it is not compatible, in green if it is. And if you click on the information icons, you will be able to know more about each component analyzed.

Windows 11 - WhyNotWin11

Win11SysCheck

Also downloadable from GitHub, Win11SysCheck is in charge of checking for you if all the components of your computer conform to the needs and requirements proposed by Microsoft to run Windows 11.

Processor, local storage, graphics card, security elements … This tool performs a thorough analysis and shows all the available data so that you can see it on the screen and be able to compare it with the minimum official requirements.

By default it works from the command prompt, in text mode, but you can try its graphical interface to see the results of your analysis in a closer and organized by categories.

Windows 11 - WhyNotWin11

PC Health Check / PC Health Check

If you prefer, you can go to the official Microsoft tool. In English PC Health Check and in Spanish PC status check. You can download it for free and run it on your Windows computer to check its compatibility with Windows 11.

Available updates, battery, storage, processor, security elements … Although the tool is rather sparing in information, will show you a notice on whether or not your computer is compatible with Windows 11. You will also be able to obtain more information with the official pages to which the application itself will direct you.

Windows 11Credit: Microsoft

What happens if my PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements?

Going from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is relatively easy. But, of course, the components of your computer must be up to the task. Shortage of RAM, local storage, or an old graphics card or CPU can weigh on this process. Microsoft itself recommends that you buy a new computer.

If this is not possible, stick with windows 10. You will continue to receive regular updates and official support. According to Microsoft itself, “it will continue to provide technical support to at least one semi-annual channel of Windows 10 until October 14, 2025”.

One of the main stumbling blocks to upgrading to Windows 11 has to do with the TPM 2.0 security hardware. Absent even in recently purchased equipment. Hence, Microsoft had to step back and allow you to install Windows 11 on computers without TPM. The update or installation will not be so easy but at least you won’t have to dispose of your PC.

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