Windows 11 issues and fixes – everything we know so far

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Windows 11 is officially released and early adopters have reported bugs and issues with the next generation of Windows.

While many of these issues should be fixed fairly quickly by Microsoft, if you encounter one, no matter how quickly a fix may arrive – you want to know what’s wrong with your PC and how to deal with it.

To help you troubleshoot your problems with Windows 11, we’ve put together this guide to the most common Windows 11 problems we’re currently encountering and what (if anything) can be done about them.

Update: Windows 11 might be worth upgrading now as it gets a smooth Xbox HDR upgrade.

Windows 11 Problems Cheat Sheet

Microsoft won’t let you upgrade to Windows 11

Even though Windows 11 was launched on October 5, that doesn’t mean you’ll have trouble installing it. Microsoft has set some pretty strict system requirements for Windows 11, and if your PC doesn’t meet them, you’ll hit a wall when you try to install Windows 11 or upgrade from Windows 10. Here’s what you need :

  • CPU: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a 64-bit processor or compatible system-on-chip (SoC)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage room: 64 GB more
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot compatible
  • MTP: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphic card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • To display: High definition (720p) display greater than 9 inches diagonal, 8 bits per color channel
  • The Internet: Windows 11 Home Edition requires an internet connection and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.

This problem can bother you in different ways. To fix the problem, the first thing to do is to check that the PC on which you want to install Windows 11 meets the minimum requirements. The quickest way is to download Microsoft’s PC Health Check app from the Windows 11 website (the “download PC Health Check app” link is at the bottom of the page) and run it. The PC Health Check app will then tell you if your PC meets the minimum system requirements to install Windows 11 and what needs fixing to meet them.

PC health check app

The PC Health Check app can help you identify what’s preventing your PC from qualifying for Windows 11 (Image credit: Microsoft)

If your PC does not meet the system requirements for Windows 11: Windows 11 will only install if your PC meets the minimum requirements, and some are more expensive than others. The most restrictive requirements are those that require your PC to have a fairly modern processor and TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) support.

This is apparently to make Windows 11 more secure. And if you have a PC built within the last 5-10 years, it’s possible that even if you don’t have TPM 2.0 enabled, you can enable it in your BIOS. To find out, simply restart your PC, open the BIOS menu, and check if there is a setting to enable TPM. If you can enable it, it might allow you to install Windows 11 without a problem.

However, it’s entirely possible to run Windows 11 on a PC that doesn’t meet all of the minimum requirements. If you are performing a clean install of Windows 11 using an ISO file, you will often be able to proceed with installing Windows 11 even if your system is not compliant – you will simply receive a warning that this may prevent you from receiving important Windows 11 updates and may harm your PC (very unlikely).

If you’re trying to install Windows 11 but can’t because you don’t have a modern enough CPU or TPM 2.0, there are several ways you can try to work around the problem. First, you can try to upgrade to Windows 11 without TPM using this script trick, which basically tricks the Windows 11 installer into letting you continue.

You can also try to circumvent Windows 11’s ridiculous system requirements with this hack straight from Microsoft. This can be a bit risky since you have to edit your Windows registry, but it comes directly from Microsoft and is listed on their public support page, so it should be pretty safe. If in doubt, back up your PC and important files before trying!

If you have at least TPM 1.2, you can use a registry hack provided by Microsoft to install Windows 11 without TPM 2.0 (Image credit: future)

Your PC meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11: If your PC meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 and passes the PC health check with flying colors, that still doesn’t mean that Microsoft will let you upgrade to Windows 11.

Windows 11 is a free upgrade for Windows 10 owners, but upgrade offers are rolling out gradually until mid-2022. Newer, more compliant PCs should get priority, and if you’re running Windows 10, you should get your upgrade offer through Windows Update – but that may not happen for months.

If you can’t wait, you can try doing a clean install of Windows 11 using an ISO file on your PC. You can also miss out and buy a new PC with Windows 11 pre-installed, but that seems like an expensive solution.

Windows 11 causes internet slowdown

Microsoft is reporting compatibility issues between Windows 11 and some Intel networking software that may cause early adopters to experience internet issues.

According to Microsoft, certain Intel “Killer” and “SmartByte” networking software do not work well with Windows 11. videos.

As with old AMD issues (which Microsoft has fixed), if you think you have this problem, there’s not much we can recommend here other than waiting for Microsoft to fix the problem. The company originally planned to release a fix by October 12. As of this writing, no such patch has been released.

Some people who tested the Windows 11 beta before its release report that they have trouble seeing the Windows 10 Start menu and taskbar despite the upgrade.

(Image credit: Reddit user Arkle)

If this happens to you, don’t worry: it seems like a simple solution. All you have to do is uninstall a Windows update by going to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Installed Updates.

Then select update KB5004300 and uninstall it, then restart your PC – you should hopefully have a working Windows 10 Start menu and taskbar. Now head to Windows Update and reinstall the update you removed – in this case, KB5004300 – and you should be back to a fully functional Windows 11.

Note that this can be done with relative safety, so if removing and reinstalling KB5004300 doesn’t work, you can try the same trick with other Windows updates to see if that fixes the problem on your PC.

As with any new software, there are bound to be visual bugs and quirks in Windows 11, but many users would see one problem in particular: sometimes, when pressing the Start button to bring up the new (centered) Start menu, Windows 11 will not register any keyboard input. This is a problem for people who like to use the Start menu’s built-in search function, and it can seriously slow down your workflow.

Fortunately, Microsoft’s suggested workaround is simple: If you find that your Start menu isn’t registering anything you type, Microsoft recommends that you open the Run app. Typically, you would do this by pressing the Start button and typing run, but given the nature of this bug, you should try the keyboard shortcut to launch Run: Windows key + R.

Once you’ve opened the Run app, you should be able to close it without doing anything and your Start menu should return to its normal working state. It’s not yet clear when we should expect Microsoft to roll out a fix for this bug, but since the fix is ​​fairly straightforward, it shouldn’t slow you down too much.

If you’re frustrated with what seems like a short delay in the context menu opening every time you right-click something in Windows 11, don’t worry, you’re not alone. There seems to be a small bug that slows down the loading of the new Windows 11 context menu for some users.

Reports of these lags describe them as lasting anywhere from half a second to a few seconds, and Windows Latest reports that Microsoft has already started testing a preview build of Windows 11 (build 22478) that includes a fix for this issue. , although fortunately there are also other ways to learn how to speed up Windows 11.

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