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Microsoft fixes Windows 11 upgrade bug

Users weren’t told why they couldn’t upgrade to Windows 11

Microsoft's new Windows 11 OS on a tablet

Microsoft has released a tool to assist users that are struggling to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. 

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 last week, but early adopters were quick to complain that a bug prevented them from upgrading without an explanation. According to these users, PC Health Check would only display a message that stated, “this PC can’t run Windows 11,” with no further information on how to rectify the issue. 

Microsoft has now updated the PC Health Check app so it should be able to spell out exactly why a Windows 10 device can’t update to Windows 11, according to DigitalTrends.

With the completed update, PC Health Check should alert users to installation problems, such as insufficient disk space, an unsupported processor, or the lack of a TPM 2.0 chip. Microsoft requires these elements to run Windows 11, a decision that’s been the subject of controversy.

The full list of Windows 11 requirements is available on the operating system’s hardware requirements page, but the basic requirements include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage; a compatible 64-bit processor (Intel 8th generation or newer, or AMD Ryzen 2000 series or newer); and a TPM 2.0 chip or a graphics card compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.

If your system doesn’t meet these requirements, your PC must remain on Windows 10. Microsoft intends to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025.  

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Windows 11 ships later this year, and Microsoft promises a slew of features targeting hybrid workers and developers. 

The new operating system will feature support for Android apps purchased from Amazon's app store. The company also revamped the Microsoft Store, allowing developers to use third-party payment systems when charging for apps. This lets developers keep 100% of the revenue.

Windows 11 will also feature some user interface (UI) changes that will allow users to arrange their application windows into preconfigured layouts.

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