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How to Run the PC Health Check App for Microsoft Windows 11 Upgrades

Summary: The PC Health Check app can be run to check Microsoft Windows 11 compatibility by following these instructions.

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Instructions

The PC Health Check app can be run on your current PC to test if it meets the minimum requirements to run Windows 11.


Affected Operating Systems:

Windows 10
Windows 11


Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft Windows. Minimum software and hardware requirements must be met before upgrading to Windows 11. Dell has verified computers that are tested to upgrade to Windows 11. For more information, reference Dell computers tested for upgrade to Windows 11.

Microsoft has released these minimum hardware system requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
Note: For a list of compatible 64-bit processors, reference Windows Processor Requirements (http://aka.ms/CPUlist  External Link).
  • RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB)
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9" diagonally, 8 bits per color channel
  • Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.
Note: Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity. For more information, reference Windows 10 in S Mode FAQ (https://support.microsoft.com/windows/windows-10-in-s-mode-faq-851057d6-1ee9-b9e5-c30b-93baebeebc85  External Link).
  • For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.

To download the PC Health Check app:

Microsoft has also released the PC Health Check app to help customers check their PCs compatibility. The PC Health Check app may be downloaded by going to https://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-11#pchealthcheck External Link and then clicking DOWNLOAD PC HEALTH CHECK APP. The following steps address how to run the PC Health Check app.

Note:
  • Microsoft may periodically release updates to its PC Health Check app. Ensure you have downloaded the latest version before continuing.
  • The PC Health Check app may be temporarily unavailable when it is being updated.

To run the PC Health Check app:

  1. From a web browser, locate and then download Microsoft’s PC Health Check.
  2. Once downloaded, click WindowsPCHealthCheckSetup.msi from your browser’s download notification.

PC Health Check .msi file
Figure 1: PC Health Check .msi file

  1. Review the license agreement and then click I accept. Once accepted, click Install.

Windows PC Health Check license agreement
Figure 2: Windows PC Health Check license agreement

  1. Once the Windows PC Health Check Setup is complete, click Finish to launch the app.

Finish
Figure 3: Finish

  1. Click Check now to begin analyzing your PC for Windows 11 compatibility.

Check Now
Figure 4: Check Now

  1. Once the check is completed, you receive a success or fail message. If you receive a success message, go to Step 7. If you receive a fail message, go to Step 8.

PC meets Windows 11 requirements example
Figure 5: PC meets Windows 11 requirements example

  1. Your PC is compatible with Windows 11 and will receive the update once it is available.
  2. Your PC is incompatible with Windows 11 and will not be able to update. The PC Health Check app provides a reason why your PC is incompatible.

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Last Published Date

20 Sep 2022

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