Microsoft’s new PC Health Check app, originally intended for users to check if their hardware was compatible with Windows 11, is now available for installation on older Windows 10 PCs, with an expanded role.
The PC Health Check app for Windows 10 will be available automatically through Windows Update, but you can also manually download it from the Windows Update catalog using the tag KB5005463. However, the site did not display the KB reference at the time of writing.
The application always checks if the hardware meets Microsoft’s minimum requirements for Windows 11 and is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade. Requirements include: at least 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage; UEFI Secure Boot enabled; a DirectX 12 or higher compatible graphics card, with a WDDM 2.0 driver; and an included and activated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0.
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The Health Check app has sparked controversy because Microsoft’s minimum requirements are strict, excluding many PCs older than 2019. Microsoft says they are needed to improve performance, stability, and security and has also tested the app. PC Health Check for Windows 10 users on the Windows Insiders program.
Microsoft reported that the PC Health Check app was will arrive soon in a blog post last week for KB5005463. The app is available for Windows 10 version 2004 and later devices, but is not installed on Windows 11 devices.
“PC Health Check includes diagnostics to monitor device health and troubleshooting to improve performance, all from the convenience of a single dashboard,” Microsoft explains.
The main features include:
- Windows 11 Eligibility: Provides a full eligibility check based on the minimum system requirements for Windows 11.
- Backup and sync: Sign in or create a Microsoft account to sync device preferences between devices and set up Microsoft OneDrive to protect your files.
- Windows Update: Protect your device by always running the latest version of Windows 10.
- Battery capacity: View the battery capacity compared to the original for devices that use one or more batteries.
- Storage capacity: View storage usage for the primary drive which contains files, apps, and Windows.
- Start-up time: Manage start-up programs to improve start-up time.
- PC Health Tips: Provides additional tips to improve overall PC health and performance.
Microsoft notes that by default, when the PC Health Check app is open, it will “automatically install important app updates when they become available.”
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Additionally, once PC Health Check is active, users will not be able to turn off automatic updates.
Users can uninstall PC Health Check by going to applications > Apps and Features > Application List (Checking Windows PC Status) > Uninstall.