Windows 11 problems: how to fix the most common issues

Windows 11 has some known issues at launch, and some have easy fixes.

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. This article will help you answer questions and troubleshoot common problems with your Windows 11 update.

If you are experiencing Windows 11 problems, then we can help, as on this page you’ll find fixes to the most common Windows 11 issues out there.


Because Windows 11 is still in its early days, following its launch at the beginning of October (we show you how to download and install Windows 11 if you’ve not yet done it), some people have been encountering problems since upgrading, which is an unfortunate reality of new operating system launches.

We’ll be monitoring the rollout of Windows 11, and if any big issues emerge, we’ll try to find the solution and update this guide.

This guide focuses on helping you get around common upgrade problems and steps to mitigate specific known issues (if available) during and after the installation.

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How to fix Windows 11 installation problems

If you’re encountering problems installing Windows 11 via Windows 10’s update tool, don’t panic. Windows 10 has a built-in troubleshooter that can help identify any problems. This can also reset the Windows Update app, which can help kickstart the installation.


Check the Windows 11 system requirements

To install Windows 11, or to ensure that it runs correctly, you’ll need to make sure that your PC matches the following Windows 11 minimum system requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with at least two cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or SoC
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • Display: 720p, 8-bit per color channel, at least 9-inch diagonal
  • Internet Connection and Microsoft Account: Windows 11 Home requires an active internet connection and a Microsoft Account to complete initial, first-use setup of the operating system, or when switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S-mode.

These are the minimum specs required for running Windows 11, but for the best Windows 11 experience, we recommend you install it on a device that’s more powerful. The 4GB RAM requirement is especially low – we wouldn’t recommend trying to run Windows 11 on anything with less than 8GB of RAM.

Windows 11 compatibility check 

Check Your PC Health

In case your system meets the above-mentioned criteria, you need to run a health check to keep your system ready to install Windows 11. 

  • To run the health check you need to first download and install Microsoft’s PC Health Check app
  • Once installed, run the program
  • Click on the blue coloured “Check Now” button on the Windows 11 banner
  • If your system is compatible, you’ll get a pop-up stating “This PC will run Windows 11″

If your PC doesn’t meet the Windows 11 system requirements: Windows 11 won’t install unless your PC meets the minimum requirements, and some are more onerous than others. The most restrictive requirements are those which demand your PC have a pretty modern CPU and TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) support. 

This is ostensibly so Windows 11 will be more secure. And if you have a PC built within the last 5-10 years, there’s a chance that even if you don’t have TPM 2.0 enabled, you can switch it on in your BIOS. To find out, just reboot your PC, open your BIOS menu, and hunt around to see if there’s a setting to enable TPM. If you can enable it, that might let you install Windows 11 with no trouble.

However, it’s quite possible to run Windows 11 on a PC that doesn’t meet all the minimum requirements. If you do a clean install of Windows 11 using an ISO file, you will often have the option to proceed with installing Windows 11 even though your system is non-compliant — you’ll simply get a warning that it may cause you to not receive important Windows 11 updates, and may cause damage to your PC (very unlikely).

If you try to install Windows 11 but can’t because you’re lacking an appropriately modern CPU or TPM 2.0, there’s a couple ways you can try to get around the issue. First, you could try to upgrade to Windows 11 without a TPM using this script trick, which basically fools the Windows 11 installer into letting you proceed. 

You can also try to bypass Windows 11’s ridiculous system requirements with this hack directly from Microsoft. It can be a little dicey 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. When in doubt, back up your PC and important files before trying!

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

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

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

Windows 11 causing Internet slowdown

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

According to Microsoft, some Intel “Killer” and “SmartByte” networking software is not playing nicely with Windows 11. This can cause Windows 11 PCs with said software to experience decreased Internet performance, most notably slower loading of websites and videos. 

As with the former AMD issues (that Microsoft has fixed), if you think you might have this problem there’s not much we can recommend here beyond waiting for Microsoft to patch the issue.

Windows 11 still has Windows 10 Start menu

Some folks who beta-tested Windows 11 before it was released report that they have a problem with still seeing the Windows 10 Start menu and taskbar despite having upgraded.

If this happens to you, don’t worry: it appears to be a simple fix. All you need to do is uninstall a Windows update by navigating to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Installed Updates.

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

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

Windows 11 Start menu won’t let you type

As with any new software there’s bound to be some visual bugs and oddities cropping up in Windows 11, but many users are reportedly seeing one issue in particular: sometimes when they hit the Start button to bring up the new (centered) Start menu, Windows 11 won’t register any keyboard input. That’s a problem for people who like to use the Start menu’s built-in search feature, and it can seriously slow down your workflow.

Luckily, Microsoft’s suggested workaround is simple: if you find your Start menu won’t register anything you type, Microsoft recommends you open the Run app. Typically you’d do this by hitting 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 open the Run app, you should be able to close it without doing anything and your Start menu should return to normal working order. It’s yet unclear when we should expect Microsoft to roll out a fix for this bug, but since the solution is pretty simple it shouldn’t slow you down too much.

Windows 11 context menu loads slowly

If you find yourself frustrated by 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’s appears to be a small bug which is causing Windows 11’s new context menu to load slowly for some users.

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


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