Can your PC download the first big Windows 11 update? You can now check
Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on Sun Valley 2, Windows 11’s first major update since its release in 2021. Can your setup handle it? This is the crucial question that many users are asking themselves on the eve of its deployment.
According to Windows Latest (opens in new tab)there is a way to access the registry editor and check if your PC can be updated to Windows 11 22H2 when it becomes available (supposedly later this year).
Called Sun Valley 2 internally by the company, there’s still been no clear indication of what the update will entail. A new arrangement of tabs in the file explorer, as well as an update of Windows Media Player and Paint act as first teasers.
Of course, it won’t do you any good if your PC can’t download and install Windows 11 22H2. Does this worry you? Here’s how to check the compatibility of your setup.
Are you eligible?
The registry is the backbone of Windows, and has been for decades. It is a series of values that determine the settings for each application and every aspect of the operating system.
Depending on a certain value, the PC will follow the associated command from the register. But due to its design, there’s always a risk of mistaking the line, creating irritating anomalies in certain applications, or simply sticking with the status quo.
The handy guide below will help you identify the correct registry lines to check your PC setup for compatibility with Windows 11 22H2. However, it does not explain how to modify anything.
- On your Windows 11 PC, open the Registry Editor by going to the Start menu > then type “regedit”.
- In the registry editor, select the address bar at the top and delete it.
- Navigate to the Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\TargetVersionUpgradeExperienceIndicators folder.
- Once you have arrived, open the NI22H2 register.
If you double-click on this value, it should display “RedReason”. If the value is NONE, your device is ready for the feature update.
However, if this value shows anything else, your PC will not be eligible for 22H2.
While this won’t give the reason why your PC won’t be able to update to 22H2, there are a few things you can quickly check and see if your eligibility can be changed. Not installing the latest Windows Updates or running low on storage could make you ineligible, so changing these might be all you need to get your PC to host 22H2.
If all these elements are in order, then it is still possible that your machine is too outdated to benefit from the next major Windows 11 update.
We still don’t know when this update will arrive, but with Microsoft’s goal of releasing these big builds every year, we suspect it will be around November – to line up with the original release of Windows 11 roughly. at this time last year. If you want to use the latest version of Windows as soon as it launches, you probably have until that date to update your PC configuration.
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