Windows 11 22H2 is set to roll out in Fall 2022 and is expected to come with many improvements in addition to a few new features. Windows 11 22H2 won’t really change the hardware requirements, but Microsoft has quietly enabled a registry that allows you to check compatibility with the upcoming update.
Windows 11 is Microsoft’s first major OS update in six years and was originally released in 2021. When Microsoft launched the new OS and confirmed the changes to hardware requirements, there were quite a few concerns about its controversial hardware compatibility.
The next update is just around the corner and the good news is that you can now easily verify compatibility. Running a compatibility check to see if your computer is supported with Windows 11 version 22H2 is now fairly easy, according to a new registry hack quietly made public by the company.
Of course, we have a handy Windows PC Health Check that lets you see if your device is compatible with the new operating system. If it’s not compatible, you’ll see a reason in the app and Microsoft also provides links to support documents for more information about compatibility issues.
However, you cannot use the PC Health Check tool to check compatibility specifically with Windows 11 22H2. Fortunately, a new registry key reveals whether your device can run Windows 11 22H2 (Fall 2022 Update). Use these steps if you want to know the current status:
- Open Windows Registry Editor on the PC.
- In Registry Editortap the address bar and delete the address.
- Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\TargetVersionUpgradeExperienceIndicators
- To check compatibility with 22H2, open NI22H2 NI stands for ‘Nickel’ while 22H2 stands for the updated version.
- If you double tap the value, you will see “RedReason† If the value is NONE, it means that your device is ready for the feature update. In other words, Microsoft won’t block the update on your device, at least not for now.
- If you see a different value, you can’t upgrade. The value depends on the compatibility issue. For example, if your device does not meet the hardware requirements, enter “TPM UEFISecureBoot” in the “RedReason”
Likewise, you can also find out if the update is blocked by a particular app. In fact, there is a string called “SystemDriveTooFull” that tells you about the available storage space for the upgrade.
Depending on the value, you can find out if your device does not meet the required storage requirements. For example, if the numeric value is 1, your device does not have enough storage space for version 22H2 or later.
Microsoft is apparently pushing the registry key to Windows 10 and Windows 11 21H2 installations, and it should appear on devices in the coming days.