Windows 11 notebook PC health check and the potential messy upgrade
Microsoft officially revealed Windows 11, and with that comes a barrage of information. And an equally large barrage of questions. One of the hottest topics right now is whether or not you can even get Windows 11 on your PC at all.
There are a couple of details in particular that are adding to the confusion. One is the mention of TPM [TPM is the shorter name for Trusted Platform Module and it’s essentially a security device for your PC] and the fact that you don’t seem to be able to have Windows 11 without it. The other is that the app Microsoft offers to check if your laptop computer is suitable for Windows 11 is throwing off what seem to be false negatives.
The second is most likely linked to the first. While we’re a long way from Windows 11’s expected release in October, it’s clear already this could be a very messy upgrade path for a lot of Windows users. Here’s what we know so far and what you might be able to do to prepare yourself ahead of time.
Windows 11 PC health check app
To make figuring out whether your PC can run Windows 11 or not easier, Microsoft has the PC Health Check app. Install it, run the check, and it’ll tell you whether you can get Windows 11.
The PC Health Check app is throwing a lot of false negatives, and the best bet is that it’s TPM-related. We’ve seen PCs with a Ryzen 9 CPU and 32GB of RAM flagged as incompatible, while several years old Intel laptops are fine. Even on an Intel desktop, it failed until the TPM requirement was met.
If you have a hardware TPM module in your PC then you’ll be fine, and several of the best laptops with Toshiba PA3817U-1BRS Battery you can get will pass the test with flying colors. If you don’t have a hardware module, this is where the upgrade process to Windows 11 could get messy.