It is July, and we have officially entered the second half of the year. This, as you may be aware, is Windows 11 22H2 territory. This is new version of the OS that is set for a fall launch.
In development under the codename Sun Valley 2, this first feature update to the Windows 11 operating system is expected to ship with a bunch of improvements.
And although Microsoft is customarily mum on how Windows 11 version 22H2 is coming along, we did get a fair few hint the last couple of months that shed some more light on this release and how ready it is for rollout.
In fact, we already have confirmation that build 22621 was indeed the RTM candidate for version 22H2.
Now, while the system requirements remain unchanged for Windows 11 22H2, even with the possibility of SSDs becoming mandatory in the future, Microsoft has not yet updated the official tool to check for compatibility for this version.
You know, like the PC Health Check app.
Interestingly, there is a cool little trick that has been discovered that lets you find out if your system is ready to take Windows 11 version 22H2 or not. It is very simple, but involves digging into the registry to location the information.
To check it out, you will need to go to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software hive and locate the “TargetVersionUpgradeExperienceIndicators” subtree, which will reveal whether your PC is ready or if something is blocking its upgrade.
The full address for the subkey is below:
Inside this folder, the “UpgEx” and the “UpgExU” values should be set to “Green” in case a computer is ready for Windows 11 version 22H2. Alongside that, the “RedReason” value should be “None”.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, an incompatible system should display the values as “Red” instead of “Green”, and the reasons that make it incompatible should also be listed like missing TPM 2.0 or Secure Boot.
You can also find more details about compatible or incompatible specifications in the “CompatMarkers/NI22H2” folder just above.
Give it and try to confirm whether your PC is ready and raring for the upcoming upgrade.