Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know Windows 11 is here. Code named Sun Valley; the Windows 11 update was set to launch on June 24th in a Microsoft event but the leaked ISO file of the latest operating system is already making rounds on the internet. According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, this will be the biggest update of the decade for the Windows operating system and we can’t wait to experience it on our PCs. We know many of you already tried to get a glimpse of the latest Windows version by installing the leaked ISO file, but getting the “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11 error” during the installation process. We are here with a fix for this common error faced by users around the globe.
What is the “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11” error?
Users face the “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11” error during the installation of Windows 11 on their systems and this error is directly linked to the Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 settings of the device. You also need to make sure that your PC is meeting the minimum requirements listed below to install the Windows 11 update.
- CPU Speed: 1.4 GHz or faster (4th gen Intel or above)
- RAM Capacity: 2 GB 32-bit or 4 GB 64-bit
- HDD Space: 20 GB of storage space
- GPU: Any integrated/dedicated GPU with WDDM 1.0 driver
- DirectX: Version 9
- Screen Resolution: 800 x 600
These are the minimum requirements to run the Windows 11 update and if your PC has higher specifications than this, the Windows 11 version will perform even better. If you are facing the “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11” error even after meeting these requirements, then the issue is with the Secure Boot or TPM 2.0 settings of your PC. Let’s check how we can fix the error quickly so that you can install the Windows 11 update on your PC.
How to fix the “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11” error?
While installing Windows 11 you will get this error with sub error reasons such as “The PC must support secure boot” or “The PC must support TPM 2.0” and both for some users. We will consider both issues to effectively resolve this error on your PC. You just need to follow the step-by-step procedure mentioned below.
Method 1: This PC Can’t Run Windows 11 due to TPM 2.0 settings.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology is designed to provide hardware-based, security-related functions during the boot process of Windows OS. TPM must be enabled to install Windows 11 on your PC.
In this method, we will check the TPM2.0 settings of your PC and how to enable it to install Windows 11 without any error. Let’s check the steps you need to follow.
Step 1: Open the Run command window by pressing Windows+R keys.
Step 2: Enter tpm.msc in the Run window to open the TPM Management tool.
Step 3: Check the TPM is enabled or not. You can find this in the Status section. if the status displayed is ‘The TPM is ready for use’ then you don’t need to make any changes.
Step 4: If TPM is not enabled, restart your PC and access the Startup Menu through the required key. (F1, F2, F10, F11, or DEL – Check the device manual for further help)
Step 5: In the Startup menu, click on the Security Tab and then go to the ‘TPM device’ option.
Step 6: In the dropdown menu select ‘Available’. Save and restart your PC.
Method 2: This PC Can’t Run Windows 11 due to Secure boot settings.
Your PC should support the Secure Boot function to install the Windows 11 update. In this method, we will see how you can check the Secure Boot state of your system and how to enable it if required.
Check the Secure Boot state of your PC
Step 1: Open the System Information tool from the Start Menu.
Step 2: Click on the System Summary option and scroll down to find the Secure Boot State of your PC.
Step 3: If the Secure Boot State is turned on, you don’t need to make any changes.
How to turn on Secure Boot?
You need to access the PC BIOS menu to change the Secure Boot status. You can access the BIOS menu by pressing a device-specific key during the bootup sequence, such as F1, F2, F12, or Esc (Check your device manual for more information).
Another option to enter the BIOS menu is to use the Advanced Startup option by typing “Change Advanced Startup options” in the start menu. When the system reboots you need to select the UEFI firmware settings option to access the BIOS settings. Once you are in the BIOS settings follow the below steps to turn on the Secure Boot option in your PC.
Step 1: Under the BIOS settings, select the System Configuration tab.
Step 2: Use the arrow keys to navigate to the Secure Boot option. Change the status to Enabled and press the Enter key.
Step 3: Save and exit from the BIOS menu. You can try to install the Windows 11 update after you fix both the above issues and we are certain that you will not face the “This PC Can’t Run Windows 11” error. Let us know in the comments if these methods helped you to install the Windows 11 update on your PC.