Windows 11 PC Health Check app is back and now slightly more useful
Remember the Microsoft PC Health Check app was released to help users determine if their systems met all the requirements for Windows 11? The one that made people wonder why their PCs failed the compatibility test, even on modern hardware? Microsoft ended up taking it offline, and now an updated version is back, available for download from the Windows 11 landing page.
The application is fairly straightforward, in that it quickly audits PCs to see if they meet the minimum requirements to run Windows 11. These include a processor compatible with at least two cores and clocked at 1 GHz. or more, 64 GB or more of available storage, at least 4 GB of RAM, and support for Secure Boot and Trusted Module Platform (TPM) 2.0 technologies.
There are nuances underlying the requirements. As for the processor, having at least two cores and running at 1 GHz or higher is not enough, it must also be a model on Microsoft’s list of supported processors.
For Intel, that includes 8th generation and newer chips, as well as a host of 7th generation processors. And for AMD, second-gen and newer Ryzen chips make the cut (including Ryzen Threadripper), along with a bunch of Athlon and Epyc processors. If in doubt, see the separate full list of supported Intel processors and the full list of supported AMD processors.
On most modern systems, the TPM 2.0 requirement is most likely to be the trigger, if a PC fails the compatibility test. That’s why Microsoft took the app offline shortly after its June release. “
In the original version of the application, if TPM 2.0 was not enabled in the BIOS, the system would fail the test with a message stating: “This processor is not supported for Windows 11. Although this PC does not does not meet the system requirements. to run Windows 11, you will continue to receive updates for Windows 10. “
I first encountered this on a Rocket Lake PC with a compatible processor, the Intel Core i9 11900K. But because TPM was not initially enabled in the BIOS (not something motherboard manufacturers typically didn’t enable by default on consumer boards before), it failed the test without a sufficient explanation.
And now? If the TPM 2.0 requirement is what triggers a PC, the application will say so, noting that “TPM 2.0 must be supported and enabled” to pass the check. The updated post also links the user to a blog post explaining things in more detail and how to activate TPM 2.0 on their PC.
It would be nice if the app could tell the difference between not having TPM 2.0 capabilities and the security feature just not being enabled, but I guess it would be a bit more difficult to implement.
Either way, for those interested, the app is once again accessible to everyone, and not just within the Windows Insider program, as it had been in recent weeks. Just go to Microsoft’s Windows 11 page and scroll down to the bottom section, just above the footnotes.