Software Update: WhyNotWin11

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Microsoft released Windows 11 a little over a year ago. The new Windows has higher system requirements than Windows 10, especially in terms of security. However, it is not always easy to find out whether a computer meets these requirements. Developer Robert C. Maehl has created a program called WhyNotWin11 that sheds light on all of this. The program is open source and consists of a single executable, so no installation is required. Since version the following changes have been made: comes with the following changes:

  • Updated Disk Info Module
  • Fixed WhyNotWin11 Icon when running directly from Source
  • Fixes a Crash for Some Users on Successful CPU Compatibility Check comes with the following changes:

  • Minor Translation Updates
  • Reverted Status Check Indicators from
  • Supplemented CPU Compatibility Check with Windows Update Registry Key
  • Added Motherboard Info to Footer to Assist Support Reps Assisting End Users comes with the following changes:

  • Minor Translation Updates
  • Fixed Guides not being Clickable
  • Removed long past Windows 11 release timeframe info
  • Added Separate Indicators for Failed Windows Update Checks
  • Changed Settings dropdowns to disable if no options available
  • Removed no longer needed “Currently Known Requirements” disclaimer

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Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11
Website WhyNotWin11
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License type GPL
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