PC Not Compatible with Windows: 5 Ways to Fix the Problem

By Dominic Chooper on March 17, 2023

Sometimes, your PC may not be compatible with a specific Windows version or a program. In such a situation, you will receive an error message, which may be in different forms but with the same meaning.

Whether you are using Windows 10, 11, or any other older versions, this error is quite common and can be fixed quite easily, as you will see when you continue reading this article.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why is Your PC Not Compatible with Windows?

The main reason for a PC not being compatible with Windows is because it does not meet the specific minimum system requirements.

For example, if you are running a Windows 10 PC and want to use Windows 11, it may not support running it because the latter has specific system requirements, such as:

A lack of any of the above will result in the ‘This PC can’t run Windows 11 error.’

How to Fix a PC Not Compatible with Windows?

Fix PC Not Compatible with Windows

Now, based on the reasons above, some of the easiest ways to make your PC compatible with the specific version of Windows operating system is to increase the RAM capacity, storage space, and CPU.

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Some other fixes to the issue, simple and complex, include:

Whether you are using Windows 8, 10, or 11, such an issue is common, just as the fixes for it are. There are however a few fixes that are specific to the Windows 11 incompatibility, explained in the later section of this post.

Method 1: Update Windows

The most common reason for incompatibility is an outdated version of the operating system. Therefore, the first and most effective step to follow is to update your Windows.

STEPS TO FIX:

Click on the Settings icon

Go to the Update & Security

Click on the Windows Update tab

Windows will check for updates and inform you of the available ones, which you should download when ready.

Method 2: Update Drivers

The next common reason for incompatibility with Windows is outdated drivers that may not support the updated version of the operating system. So, updating the drivers is the next effective move.

For this, you can use a reliable third-party tool for it or simply update the drivers installed in your computer directly.

STEPS TO FIX:

Select Device Manager

click on Update driver

Search automatically for drivers

The best drives for your device is already installed

You may also try the ‘Search for updated drivers on Windows Update’ option.

If you are using a third-party tool for the same, simply install and run the program and follow the on-screen instructions.

Method 3: Run it in Compatibility Mode

This is a very important and effective step to know and follow if a specific program on Windows is incompatible. Running it in the compatibility mode will rectify the software, and even games, that are incompatible.

STEPS TO FIX:

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Program properties

Compatibility tab

This should rectify the issue, and you will not encounter the error message anymore.

Method 4: Running the Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

If you have a bit older operating system and are facing incompatibility issues, then using the Troubleshooting feature from the Control Panel may resolve the problem.

STEPS TO FIX:

control panel app

Select Troubleshooting

Click on Action Center

Windows Program Compatibility troubleshooter

Click on the Advanced option

Run as administrator

Select the program you’re having problems with

What problems do you notice

Which version of Windows did the program work on before

Start the program

Yes, save these settings for this program

Once it is done saving, close the troubleshooter window.

Steps to Fix PC Not Compatible with Windows 11

Windows 11 may not be compatible with several systems due to the earlier version of software running on the computer system, but there is nothing to worry about.

Turning on security settings such as TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot will resolve the issue. You will need to make the necessary changes in the BIOS or Basic Input Output System settings.

Method 5: Enabling TPM 2.0

If you are using a Windows 10 PC, you can enable TPM 2.0 or Trusted Platform Module version 2.0 to resolve the issue in the following ways.

STEPS TO FIX:

Click on Recovery from the left panel.

Click on Troubleshoot

Select Advanced Options

Select UEFI Firmware Settings

click on the Restart button

Look for the tab labelled Security

Select Save and Exit

Restart the computer and now the issue will be resolved and you may be able to run Windows 11 on your PC.

If that does not work, then you will have to enable Secure Boot as well in the same way, going back to the Security page and selecting Secure Boot before choosing Save and Exit.

Another way to enable Secure Boot in your PC to make it compatible with Windows 11 is to change the Master Boot Record or MBR partition to the Globally Unique Identifiers Partition Table or GPT.

cmd

In the Command Prompt and type in the following commands:

mbr2gpt /validate /disk:0

This will take you back to the following window, where you will need to click on Turn off your PC.

Turn off your PC

When you switch your computer once again, you will see the issue is resolved.

Conclusion

So now you know that the PC not compatible error is not so fatal and is quite a natural issue to occur.

The above fixes will allow running any version of Windows the operating system by making simple tweaks in different areas and enjoy the new features that you have wanted to use for so long.