How To Fix the “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11” Error
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Users are eager for the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 11. To ensure you have a way to prepare, a new update to the PC Health Check application includes a check for Windows 11 compatibility. However, many people are disappointed because they seemingly can’t run Windows 11, according to the health check results.
While it’s normal for an older computer to not meet the requirements for a new operating system, many powerful devices are also getting this error. Keep reading if you believe that your computer meets the minimum requirements. We might have the fix for you.
Why Am I Getting the “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11” Error?
There are a few possible causes for the “This PC can’t run Windows 11” error. Depending on your setup and situation, the solution can be different. Let’s first identify what’s wrong.
- Your hardware is too old, or simply not powerful enough. If you’re running with an older computer setup, or your parts aren’t made to perform well, it’s most likely the cause of this error. Make sure to review the Windows 11 system requirements.
- TPM/PTT or Secure Boot aren’t enabled in your BIOS. A requirement many people glanced over. Windows 11 requires TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. If these features are currently disabled in your configuration, the health check will think your computer can’t run Windows 11.
After you enable TPM and Secure Boot, your PC will pass the Windows 11 requirements check if it meets all the other system requirements as well.
What Is TPM and Secure Boot and Why Are They Needed?
TPM stands for Trusted Platform Module. It enhances your security with data encryption if a special chip is present in your machine. Luckily, most parts and computers built after 2016 include a TPM 2.0 chip. If you have one, your computer is more than likely equipped to run Windows 11.
Secure Boot is a feature in your BIOS (also referred to as UEFI) that protects you from malware. It only allows signed operating systems to boot.
At the time of writing, both of these features have been made mandatory for Windows 11. Microsoft has done this to further enhance security for all users. We don’t know if this will change in the upcoming months leading to the release.
How To Enable TPM and Secure Boot in UEFI/BIOS
If your setup has a TPM 2.0 chip and it is compatible with Secure Boot, you need to enable both of them in order to install Windows 11. The steps below outline this process for most BIOS or UEFI interfaces.
Note: Your BIOS is different based on your motherboard. There are many different types out there, and our instructions won’t perfectly match yours. If you’re lost, feel free to reach out to us via email, phone, or online chat.
Here’s how you can enable TPM and Secure Boot on Windows 10.
- Close all of your applications and save your work, and then turn off your PC.
- Power your PC on, and start pressing the F2 key on your keyboard. This is the general function key needed to enter the BIOS, but some computers and laptops may have a different key assigned. You can try holding F8, F10, F12, or Del.
- When the BIOS screen shows up, use the arrow keys to navigate to the Boot tab. Select Boot Mode and press Enter, then choose Legacy.
- Select UEFI from the available options, then press Enter to finalize the change.
- When done, switch to the Security tab. Highlight the Secure Boot option with the arrow keys, and press Enter. Make sure to pick Enabled.
- Highlight the Trusted Platform Technology option, and press Enter. Note that on some devices, you may see the Intel Platform Trust Technology (PTT) option instead.
- Choose Enabled and hit Enter.
That wraps up how to enable TPM and Secure Boot on your device. Now, you can restart and check if Windows 11 is compatible.
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How do you upgrade to Windows 11?
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We hope this trick has helped you fix the “This PC can’t run Windows 11” warning when checking compatibility with the latest operating system. Now, you can download Windows 11 when it’s ready and get access to the latest features we discussed in our Blog. If you still see the message, it might be time to upgrade your setup.
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