In a very Microsoft-like move, the company recently started pushing the PC Health Check app onto all Windows 10 users through regular software updates. This once optional app said whether or not devices can run the new Windows 11 release, but now it looks like Microsoft is being more aggressive with the rollout, aiming to nudge owners to upgrade.
The controversial app was originally one of the main ways Microsoft released TMP requirements for Windows 11. Now it looks like another way for the company to remind and nag users to install its latest software.
The update, officially known as KB5005463, will install PC Health Check on all Windows 10 devices via Windows Update. That said, the update isn’t going out to devices that have already upgraded to Windows 11. Instead, only those still on the older software see it. The “optional update” gives a red warning about Windows 11 compatibility and urges users to install the app to see if they can make changes to be eligible for the upgrade.
While at first glance, it looks like a simple pop-up, the problem here is that Microsoft has already started pestering users to upgrade to Windows 10. Even if it’s a minor notification, we can expect them to ramp up in the future.
It’s not all bad news, though, as the updated PC Health Check for Windows 10 has a few useful features. The main goal is to complete a comprehensive eligibility check on machines, but you’ll also get a new dashboard full of useful features. These include an easy backup and sync option for data and files, battery capacity details and usage breakdowns, storage usage, the ability to manage start-up apps, as well as tips to improve overall PC performance and health.
Remember that these aren’t new features. They’re now just combined into one easy-to-find and use dashboard inside the PC Health Check app.
Overall, it appears that this is a way for Microsoft to push users towards Windows 11, and it probably won’t be the last of this type of tactic.