check windows 11 compatibility

On October 5th, 2021, Microsoft released their latest operating system Windows 11. It is supposed to be faster better looking and most importantly it offers a lot of new features that everyone wants to get their hands on. Unfortunately, older machines are not compatible to install or run Windows 11 based on the information circulating. So, will your PC run windows 11, how can you check Windows 11 compatibility?

There are few ways you can check if your system is compatible with Windows 11 or not. So let’s find out if your PC will run Windows 11.

What are Windows 11 system requirements?

Here is the full system requirement for running windows 11 according to Microsoft.

Processor1GHz or faster, dual core or more, 64-bit architechture or System on a chip
RAM4GB or more
Storage64GB or more
System FirmwareUEFI with Secure Boot
GPUDirectX 12 compatible with WDDM 2.0 driver
Display720p with size greater than 9 inches diagonally, 8 bits per color channel
InternetWindows 11 Home edition and Windows 11 Home in S mode requires Microsoft Account.
Other editions only need internet connection strictly for the purpose of official updates and few features that need internet connectivity.
System Requirements for Windows 11

Check Windows 11 Compatibility on your System

You can use one of the following 3 methods to check windows 11 compatibility and learn weather you can go ahead with the installation.

1. Using Microsoft’s official PC Health Check app if we can run Windows 11

Step 1. Download PC Health Check app from Microsoft Support Site.

Step 2. Install PC Health Check app on your system. Check the option to accept the terms in the license agreement and click on Install button.

Step 3. Open the app and click Check now button.

windows 11 pc health check app

And it will provide you with a pop-up displaying details for incompatible hardware or if your system is ready for windows 11.

pc health check compatibility

2. Check the Microsoft’s official list of supported hardware for Windows 11

You can go check the official list of processors that support Windows 11 here. It provides all the supported processors for Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, Broadcom, NXP and more.

3. Using WhyNotWin11

WhyNotWin11 is an open-source program to check weather your Laptop or PC can run Windows 11.

Step 1. Download WhyNotWin11 for their official site or Github.

Step 2. Install the tool by double clicking on the downloaded file.

Step 3. Run the program by double clicking, “Run as Administrator” should be prompted, to run it successfully, click yes.

The program then starts to scan for hardware in you system, and show you the list of all the components. If any of the component is not compatible, it will be displayed with red cross.


Now you know how to check the compatibility of Windows 11 for your system. Use any of the method mentioned above and decide whether you want to try to install windows 11 or not on your system.