Today, Microsoft officially reinstated its PC Health Check app for anyone to download, letting you easily see whether your computer is ready for Windows 11 ahead of its October 5th debut. (The company had previously removed the app because it was somewhat misleading, and when a more robust version returned in late August, it was only available to Windows Insiders.) You can find the app at the very bottom of this page if you scroll down, or click here if you don’t mind direct downloads.
But in some ways, the new PC Health Check app is still misleading because it suggests my perfectly good 7th-gen Core i7 desktop gaming PC isn’t ready for Windows 11, despite the fact that I’ve already installed Windows 11 and am running it with no issues. In fact, I took this screenshot of my system that “doesn’t currently meet Windows 11 system requirements” from inside Windows 11 — a beta version that’s just a stone’s throw away from final.
This is a long-winded way of saying what Microsoft revealed to us in August: Windows 11 will not block PCs with older CPUs from installing Windows 11 just because those CPUs aren’t on its whitelist.
Instead, Microsoft is reserving the right to deny you Windows Updates, up to and including security updates, if those CPUs become a problem down the line. That brings me to the waiver.
When I recently tried to upgrade my system to the Windows 11 beta, the installer popped up an unusual message: a press-button-to-accept acknowledgment that my PC would “no longer be supported” and that I might even be voiding my PC’s warranty if I were to continue.
I’ve asked Microsoft for more information on the waiver but haven’t heard back yet. I’ll let you know what we hear.
The PC Health Check app is handy if you aren’t sure about some of the other Windows 11 requirements, particularly ones that might make you dig into your BIOS to turn on your TPM 2.0 module or Secure Boot — things that your system might totally already have and are fairly easy to switch on but are often turned off by default.