Although there have always been minimum necessities for installing a program, game or operating system on a computer, with its Windows 11 OS, Microsoft has released a list of minimum requirements that leaves a vast majority of computers incompatible. Thus, a lot of users who want to test this latest operating system from Microsoft are left in the dark, as they don’t know how to fix the “This PC can’t run Windows 11” error, which they confront while checking the compatibility of their computer for Windows 11. If you are one such user, then don’t bother, because in this tutorial you will learn how to fix this error.
How to Check Your Computer is Windows 11 Compatible?
The minimum necessities for Windows 11 can be found on the Microsoft website.
Also, Microsoft offers a PC Health Check tool that you can download from their website and use it to decide the compatibility of your computer with Windows 11.
- Run the tool after downloading and tap on the ‘Check now’ button.
- If you notice the ‘This PC can’t run Windows 11’ message, then according to Microsoft your computer configuration will not support Windows 11.
Let us understand this error before we proceed ahead to fix it.
What Are Reasons For Windows 11 Incompatibility?
As you have seen in the earlier section, the minimum necessities for Windows 11 are not much hard to get. A 9-inch+ Display, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB HDD, etc. are simple to find these days on most computers. However, there are few features that your computer might have, but they haven’t been activated. Also, Microsoft has gotten very strict on the list of processors that are compatible with Windows 11.
- UEFI, Secure Boot: Your computer should have UEFI. Few computers don’t have UEFI and in some cases it’s disabled. In both these cases, the PC will not support Windows 11. If your computer has UEFI, then it will certainly have Secure Boot, but you will have to enable it to install Windows 11.
- 64-bit Dual Core Processor: Microsoft wants you to have a minimum of 1 GHz of processor speed with at least 2 cores, built on a 64-bit architecture. This necessity is hard to fulfill for old computers. Thus, if your computer doesn’t fulfill this criteria, then it would be hard to install Windows 11 on your computer.
- TPM version 2.0: Few computers don’t have TPM 2.0 and in some computers it’s disabled. In both these conditions the PC Health Check tool will notify you that your PC will not support Windows 11.
If ‘This PC can’t run Windows 11’ error is displayed because of some lack of suitable hardware, then you will have to arrange that piece of hardware. However, if your computer has that feature, but it’s disabled, then we can help you.
How to Troubleshoot “This PC can’t run Windows 11”
In this step-by-step tutorial, we will describe how you can resolve this error. Follow each of the steps provided below and don’t skip it, or else , the error will not be solved and you may have to perform the relevant steps again.
Solution 1: Enable UEFI, Secure Boot
Before you proceed to enable UEFI and Secure Boot on your computer you will have to find out whether your PC supports this feature or not.
- Enter ‘computer’ in the search box and choose ‘Computer Management’ from the search results.
- In the Computer Management window, choose the ‘Disk Management’ option. Then, right click the disk drive where you want to install Windows 11 and select the ‘Properties’ option.
GPT Partition Style
- In the Properties, tap on the ‘Volumes’ tab and look for the Partition Style field. If it has GPT written in front of it, then your computer has UEFI enabled and you really need to enable Secure Boot in BIOS.
- Restart your PC and press the relevant key to enter your system BIOS. Under the BIOS go to the ‘Boot’ option.
- In Boot, you will get Boot Mode that should be UEFI and Secure Boot which should be disabled. Choose the Secure Boot option and press ‘Enter’.
- From the pop-up options, choose ‘Enabled’ and press ‘Enter’ to verify.
- When you notice ‘Enabled’ in front of Secure Boot, this task is over.
- Finally save the changes and close BIOS.
We have described the above steps to only provide an overview of what requires to be done. The options you have to select in your BIOS for enabling Secure Boot can be fully different. Please, examine those options by searching for the details about your motherboard BIOS settings.
MBR Partition Style
In the Properties, tap on the ‘Volumes’ tab and look for the Partition Style field. If it has MBR written in front of it, then initially you will have to convert your drive to GPT style. And after that follow the steps provided in the above section to enable Secure Boot.
You should remember that when you convert your system hard drive from MBR to GPT you will lose entire data and you will have to reinstall your operating system. Thus, in such a case, the entire procedure may become highly complicated for you. That’s why we are not explaining this procedure.
Solution 2: Enable TPM 2.0
First you need to verify whether TPM 2.0 is supported by your computer or not.
Press ‘Win + R’ keys simultaneously on the keyboard to open the run dialog box. Enter ‘tpm.msc’ in the box and click the ‘OK’ button.
- TPM is Enabled
- In the TPM window if you notice that ‘The TPM is ready for use’ and the Specification Version is ‘2.0’, then it signifies your computer is ready to run Windows 11.
It denotes ‘This PC can’t run Windows 11’ error is not coming because of TPM 2.0.
- TPM is Disabled
- In the TPM window if you notice that ‘Compatible TPM cannot be found’, then it signifies you will have to enable TPM in your system BIOS.
TPM option is mentioned is few BIOS as simply ‘TPM’, but in few BIOS settings (usually Intel processor) it’s displayed as ‘PTT’. We will provide one example for both these scenarios.
- a) Enable TPM
- Restart your PC and press the relevant key to enter your system BIOS. Now enter ‘Advanced Mode’ in the BIOS.
- In the Advanced section, select the ‘PCH-FW Configuration’ option.
- In that section, you will get the option ‘TPM Device Selection’. Choose ‘Firmware TPM’ or ‘FTPM’ for this option.
- Save the changes and close your BIOS
- b) Enable PTT
- Reboot your computer and press the relevant key to enter your system BIOS. Choose the ‘Settings’ tab.
- Under Settings, select ‘Miscellaneous’ option.
- Now, choose ‘Intel Platform Trust Technology’ or ‘PTT’ and press ‘Enter.
- Choose ‘Enabled’ and press ‘Enter’.
- Once PTT option is Enabled, save the entire changes and close BIOS.
The above provided process to enable TPM or PTT in your BIOS is just for reference. The actual steps for making these changes can be fully different on your system’s BIOS. Please, confirm those steps by searching for the details about your motherboard BIOS settings regarding TPM or PTT.
Solution 3: Check Processor Compatibility
- Click ‘Win + R’ keys on your keyboard and open the run dialog box. Enter ‘msinfo32’ in the box and click the ‘OK’ button.
- In the System Information window, you can find the entire details about your processor.
If your processor is compatible with Windows 11, then you have fulfilled the entire necesiities of installing Windows 11.
Now, if you again examine your computer with Microsoft PC Health Check, then you must see the message ‘This PC can run Windows 11’.
That’s it, you have effectivelly resolved the ‘This PC can’t run Windows 11’ error on your computer.
Now you know how to resolve “This PC can’t run Windows 11” error on your PC. Windows 11 has a lot of remarkable features, but its strict hardware necessities is a big hurdle for users who want to try this latest OS from the Microsoft. However, if you study this tutorial cautiouslly, then you will be able to get rid of the issues whiwh most users are facing with the hardware and software compatibility checks. In case of any assistance, consult Uspcsolutions experts for best guidance.