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The most important things before installing Windows 11

Windows 11 is an overhaul, which means you should prepare your computer before installing it to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Although Windows 11 is based on Windows 10, regardless of the version on your laptop or desktop computer, the upgrade process will require a complete reinstall.

Which means there is a good chance of issues before and after installation.

However, if you prepare your system prior to installation, you will reduce the chances of problems occurring and have a way to quickly recover if something goes wrong.

Prepare your PC to install Windows 11

If you’re planning to upgrade to Windows 11 (build 22H2) from Windows 10, there are several things you’ll want to do before starting the process manually.

Like checking hardware compatibility, enabling required security features, creating a backup of your current setup, and more…

The most important things to check before installing Windows 11

1. Check if your PC will be running Windows 11
2. Enable TPM 2.0 on the BIOS
3. Enable Secure Boot on BIOS
4. Create a complete backup of your computer
5. Uninstall unnecessary and conflicting apps
6. Free up space on your computer
7. Check and fix system errors
8. Disconnect unnecessary peripherals

1. Check if your PC will be running Windows 11

Although Windows 11 is a free upgrade for existing Windows 10 PCs, it does not mean that your device is compatible.

The new operating system has increased minimum system requirements, which means that confirming whether your PC’s hardware meets the requirements is among the first things you’ll want to do before proceeding with the installation.

Quick note:

In May 2022, Microsoft released update KB5005463 that automatically installs the PC Health Check app.

As a result, check in the Start menu that the app is not already installed before proceeding with the steps below.

To check if your computer is compatible with Windows 11, use the following steps:
Open the PC Health Check download page.
Save the WindowsPCHealthCheckSetup.msi file to your computer.
Click the “I accept the terms in the license agreement” option.
Click the install button.
Select the “Open Windows PC Health Check” option.
Install Windows 11 Hardware Compatibility Checker
Click the Finish button.
Under the Introduction to Windows 11 section, click the Check Now button.
Checking the health of your Windows 11 computer
(Optional) Click the “See All Results” button to display a list of components that have passed compliance.
Hardware compatibility check results
(Optional) Click the Deice Specifications button.
Once you complete the steps, if the device is compatible, you will receive a message confirming that you can upgrade to the new version. If the device is not compatible, you will receive a message detailing why the device can run version 22H2.

2. Enable TPM 2.0 on the BIOS

Windows 11 requires the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v2.0 chip for better security.

If the device does not have this feature, you will not be able to proceed with the in-place upgrade or clean install.

To enable TPM 2.0 to pass the Windows 11 requirements check, use the following steps:

  1. open Settings.
  2. Click Update & Security.
  3. Click on recovery.
  4. Under the Advanced startup section, click on the Restart now button.
  5. Advanced startup restart option
  6. Click Troubleshoot.
  7. Troubleshooting
  8. Click Advanced.
  9. Click on the “UEFI Firmware Settings” option.
  10. UEFI firmware settings
  11. Click the restart button.
  12. Click on the Advanced Settings, Security Settings, or Boot page, depending on your motherboard.
  13. Select the TPM 2.0 option and select the Enabled option.
  14. Enable TPM 2.0 on UEFI

If your computer does not have a TPM 2.0 chip, and you have an AMD processor, the module is likely built into the processor

The option will be available as “fTPM” (firmware-based TPM 2.0) or “AMD fTPM switch.”

If the device is an Intel based system, a security feature such as Platform Trust Technology (PTT) is available.

If the device does not have a TPM option, and this is a custom design, you may be able to purchase a module to add support. However, consult your motherboard manufacturer’s website to confirm support.

After completing the steps, Windows 11 should pass the scan, allowing you to upgrade your computer to the new operating system.

3. Enable Secure Boot on BIOS

Secure Boot is another security feature required to install Windows 11. This module ensures that your computer can boot only with software that the manufacturer trusts.

If your machine is using legacy BIOS (Basic Input Output System), you first need to convert your MBR (Master Boot Record) drive to GPT (GUID Partition Table)

Then switch to UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) mode and enable Secure Boot.

Otherwise, the computer will not boot again if you enable the newer firmware.

If you’re trying to do a clean install, you can skip the agreement, but if you’re trying to upgrade from a Windows 10 desktop, it’s a requirement.

To enable Secure Boot before installing Windows 11 (build 21H2), use the following steps:

  • open Settings.
  • Click Update & Security.
  • Click on recovery.
  • Under the Advanced startup section, click on the Restart now button.
  • Advanced startup restart option
  • Click Troubleshoot.
  • Troubleshooting
  • Click Advanced.
  • Click on the “UEFI Firmware Settings” option.
  • UEFI firmware settings
  • Click the restart button.
    Click on the Advanced Settings, Security Settings, or Boot page, depending on your motherboard.
    Select the Secure Boot option and choose the Enabled option.

Almost all devices that feature UEFI firmware will include Secure Boot, but if not, you’ll need to upgrade the system, or you should consider getting a new computer that meets Windows 11 requirements.

After completing the steps, your computer must pass the hardware verification process to proceed with the in-place upgrade or clean install of Windows 11.

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