How to check if your laptop can run Windows 11 update

Windows 11 update

Windows 11 is the upcoming operating system from Microsoft, and it is the first major update after being on Windows 10 for over six years.

Windows 11 comes with many impressive new features like installing Android apps, better gaming and HDR performance, and a few minor design tweaks.

However, not all existing computers currently running Windows 10 will be compatible with Windows 11.

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According to Microsoft’s official Windows 11 page, Windows 11 will only be compatible with computers with a TPM 2.0 Module.

TPM is a Trusted Platform Module, a security chip ordinarily found in high-end or business-focused computers.

Most computers that have a TPM chip installed generally use it for security-related features like hard drive encryption, BitLocker, and more.

Since it is one of the critical requirements to install Windows 11 on your computer, you need to make sure if your computer has a TPM chip installed or not.

How to check if your laptop can run Windows 11 update

Follow the below steps to check if your computer has a TPM chip.

Step 1:

Open the Run dialog box by searching for it in the start menu or by using the shortcut keys Windows key + R

Step 2:

Now, type in the command tpm.msc and hit enter.

Step 3:

The TPM Management Window will now open, and in here under the status section, you can find either a status message that says “The TPM is ready for use” or an error message that says “Compatible TPM cannot be found.”

Windows 11 update

Unfortunately, if you get the error message, it means that your computer is incompatible and will not run Windows 11.

If you have a TPM chip on your computer, make sure that your laptop also meets the below minimum requirements as laid out by Microsoft for a computer to be compatible with running the Windows 11 update.

Minimum system requirements for installing the Windows 11 update

Processor One gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
Memory 4 GB RAM
Storage 64 GB or larger storage device
System firmware  UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics card  DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
Display > 9″ with HD Resolution (720p)

Internet connection Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home. 

You can check if your computer meets all these requirements either by checking the specs page of your manufacturer’s website for your particular device model.

If not, you can also check by typing the command dxdiag from the start menu on your computer.

Once you have verified that your current computer running Windows 10 is compatible to run the latest Windows 11 update, all you need to do is wait for the official launch of Windows 11, which is speculated to be on the 20th of October later this year.

However, if you don’t want to wait that long, check out our comprehensive guide below on how to install Windows 11 on your computer right now.

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