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Fixed: Making Your “Incompatible” PC Ready For Windows 11

So you’ve downloaded the health checker and found your superpowerful new PC is incompatible with Windows 11, right? Wrong. With the push of a few buttons, your PC can be Windows 11 ready.


Lots of people with perfectly compatible PCs are finding they’re being told they’re not ready to upgrade – which might be extremely frustrating for those wanting to get the most out of DirectStorage or Auto HDR when the games start arriving.

Luckily there’s an easy fix for many of those people – and all it takes is two seconds and access to your computer’s bios.

TPM – Blocking Windows 11

You’re probably having problems because you don’t have TPM activated. TPM, or Trusted Platform Module, is a set of security protocols required for Windows 11. But it might be that it’s turned off by default, especially if your computer isn’t pre-built.

But first things first, download the Windows Health Checker from the Microsoft website. Once downloaded, it’ll tell you whether you’ll be ready for Windows 11. If you are, you don’t need to go any further.

On the other hand, if you get an error message and you’re not sure why, try this simple fix.

  1. Go to your search bar and type tpm.msc – it should be obvious if it’s not working. If TPM is activated, the second pane within the window will say “TPM is ready to use”.
  2. If it’s not, it’s time to go to your Bios. Restart your computer and hit delete or F2 to go into your bios.
  3. Many modern bios systems allow you to search. Search for the term TPM. I had to select hardware TPM for it to be recognised, but others are finding it’s as easy as switching it on or off. The point is, change it to a second option to get it to turn on.
  4. NOTE: If you can’t search, it should be somewhere within the advanced menu, probably under security. It goes without saying that changing options within this menu can be dangerous, so don’t mess with anything you don’t need to.
  5. Once you’ve changed the TPM option, save your changes and restart the computer. Type tpm.msc once it’s loaded and you should notice extra details within the second pane.
  6. Try the Health Checker again – it should confirm that Windows 11 will work on your PC.



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blank Mat Growcott has been a long-time member of the gaming press. He's written two books and a web series, and doesn't have nearly enough time to play the games he writes about.

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