Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on Sun Valley 2, Windows 11’s first major update since its 2021 release, but users aren’t sure if their PC will be able to handle it.
According to latest windows (opens in new tab)is there a way to get into the Registry Editor and check if your PC can upgrade to 22H2 as soon as it becomes available (supposedly later this year).
Internally called Sun Valley 2 by the company, there’s still no clear indication of what the update will involve, but there have been announcements of tabs in File Explorer, and more updates to the look and feel of Windows Media Player and Paint for example.
We hope they make it to the major update, but of course it’s no use if your PC can’t update it. With that in mind, here’s how you can verify.
Checking the Registry
The Registry is the backbone of Windows, and has been for decades. It is a series of values that will determine the settings for each application and each aspect of the operating system.
Based on a certain value, the PC will follow that registry command. But because of its design, there is always a danger of confusing the wrong registry, causing parts of your PC to show errors, or simply not working as it should.
However, when it comes to this little guide, it’s just a matter of finding a registry value, without changing anything.
- On your Windows 11 PC, open Windows Registry Editor going to Start Menu > type ‘regedit’.
- At the Registry Editorselect the address bar at the top and clear it.
- navigate to ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsTargetVersionUpgradeExperienceIndicators
- Once you arrive, open the NI22H2 record.
- If you double tap this value, it should display “Red Reason“. If the value is NONE, it means your device is ready for the feature update.
- However, if this value shows anything else, then your PC is not eligible for 22H2.
While this won’t give you the reason why your PC won’t be able to upgrade to 22H2, you can quickly check a few things and see if your eligibility changes. Not installing the latest Windows updates or running low on storage can make you ineligible, so changing them might be all you need to get your PC ready for 2S22.
If all this is in order, it could be, unfortunately, due to your PC being too old to update itself.
We still don’t know when this update will arrive, but with Microsoft aiming to release these major updates every year, we suspect it will be around November, to align with the original Windows 11 release around that time in 2021. use the latest version. Windows update at launch, so you’ll likely have until then to update your PC.