How do I Know if I can Upgrade to Windows 11?

How do I know if I can upgrade to Windows 11? In this page, you will learn how to use a versatile tool to check Windows 11 compatibility and know how to upgrade to meet the requirements.


By Hedy / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Cannot upgrade to Windows 11?

"I can't upgrade to Windows 11, it used to show me the message that says 'Upgrade to Windows 11 is ready and it's free'. I also noticed that the background of the message flickered a bit when I moved my mouse. When I clicked on the button and agreed the agreement, the message disappeared and it showed 'upgrade to windows 11 downloading 0%' for a split second. After clicking on the download and install button a few times, the message disappeared and got replaced by the 'This PC cannot run Windows 11 message'. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this?"


Since Windows 11 was released, it has triggered fierce discussion among computer users. The most discussed issue is why cannot upgrade to Windows 11, which has been disturbing majority of users for a long time. Actually, this is because Windows 11 has stricter hardware requirements than Windows 10, so your PC won't let you install it if you don't meet the minimum requirements to run Windows 11 operating system.

How do I know if my computer can run Windows 11?

After knowing the main reason for failure to upgrade to Windows 11, you may face another annoying problem:"How do I know if I can upgrade to Windows 11?" Luckily, Microsoft has considered such cases, publishing PC Health Check Tool to check windows 11 compatibility, you can follow the step to check your device.

Step 1. Download the application from Microsoft official website.

Step 2. Install and open it. Click "Check now" in the main interface to check whether your computer is eligible for Win 11.


Step 3. If you receive the message that says "This PC can run Windows 11", it means you can directly upgrade to Windows 11 and experience it.


However, the note "This PC doesn't currently meet Windows 11 system requirements" refers to your computer is not available to Windows 11 upgrade. And you can click "See all results" to see the detail.


With the Windows 11 requirements check tool, you can easily know whether your computer can run Windows 11. But what if your PC doesn't currently meet Windows 11 system requirements? The following content will focus on this issue, keep reading to find the fixes.

How to fix if my PC doesn't currently meet Windows 11 system requirements?

As we can see, only when your computer meet all the requirements for Windows 11, you can realize the Windows update. Among all the system conditions, some of them are easy to fulfill, like extending C drive to get 64GB or larger storage space, while some of them are difficult to meet, and the biggest hinders to stop users from upgrading are TPM 2.0 and UEFI system firmware. Thus, this post will mainly talk about how to make these two aspects eligible.

▶ Case one. Enable TPM

TPM stands for "Trust Platform Module", also called ISO/IEC 11889, which is an independent chip dedicated to encryption, decryption, privacy protection, and other functions. It's used to protect the integrity of the platform, and encrypt the entire disk or any partition of the hard disk. Its importance determines its indispensable position in keeping Win 11 running. Let's see how to check and enable TPM.

Part 1. Check the TPM

Step 1. Press "Win" and "R" together, then type "tpm.msc" and click "OK".


Step 2. Open TPM management window, if the "Status" lab shows "The TPM is ready for use", it means that the TPM is already enabled. You can check the TPM version in the right corner.


Step 3. If the TPM version is compatible but disabled. The screen will show "Compatible TPM cannot be found", then you need to turn it on in the BIOS.


Part 2: Enable TPM

Step 1. Press "Shift" to enter the Windows Advanced Options menu after you click restart, and choose "Troubleshoot".


Step 2. Choose "Advanced options".


Step 3. Choose "UEFI Firmware Settings" to enter BIOS.


 Step 4. Click "Restart".


Step 5. After restarting, enter the BIOS (usually Del for desktops or F2 for laptops), and then go to the Security Settings, this time select the "TPM Configuration".


▶ Case two. Convert MBR to GPT

If you want to upgrade Windows 11 from Windows 10 directly, UEFI, the successor of Legacy, should be your boot mode. Since GPT partition scheme is for UEFI, if your disk is MBR, you must convert MBR to GPT first and then change BIOS to UEFI, so that you can run Windows 11 normally and successfully.

Instead of using Windows built-in features like DiskPart and Disk Management which require you to delete all the partitions on it beforehand, we highly put forward to using a reliable and powerful partition manager named AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It allows you to make MBR2GPT conversion without damaging any partitions or data. Only with a few clicks, you can realize the conversion between MBR and GPT. Now, you can follow the tutorial below to see how to convert MBR to GPT to meet Windows 11 requirements.

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Step 1: Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, right-click the MBR disk you want to convert, and select "Convert to GPT".


Step 2: In the pop-out window, you will be asked "Are you sure to convert the selected disk from MBR to GPT disk", click "OK" > "Yes" to continue.


Step 3: After a while, you will back to the main console, click "Apply" and you will find your disk style has been changed into GPT.


As we mentioned above, the last task is to change Legacy BIOS to UEFI to make partition style and boot mode compatible. Let's have a closer look.

Step 1: When restarting the computer, enter BIOS Setup menu.

Step 2: In the BIOS window, click Boot tab, then change Legacy to UEFI.


Step 3: Finally, save the setting and exit.

Now, you can go to "Settings" > "Update & Security" > "Check for Updates" and follow the prompts to upgrade to Windows 11. By the way, you can create a Windows 11 to go USB to enjoy Windows 11 on another device anytime and anywhere.


How do I know if I can upgrade to windows 11? Now, you have not only known the detailed method via Windows 11 check compatibility tool, but also learned how to fix the incompatible issues if you don't meet the Windows 11 minimum requirements.

As you can see, with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can easily handle the most difficult problems in a secure way. Moreover, this software provides a number of useful features that have been welcomed by a large number of users, such as converting file system between FAT32 and NTFS, migrating OS to HHD/SSD to optimize the disk speed, moving folders from C drive to D drive, and so on.

Hedy · Staff Editor
Hedy is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is very good at solving problems of partition management, and she wants to share all the problems she had already solved to users who met the same questions.