Microsoft is forcing the installation of its PC Health Check app on Windows 10 PCs

Is it useful or just bloatware? Windows 10 users have noticed that Microsoft is forcibly installing the company’s PC Health Check app on their computers through a new software update.

Update KB5005463 appeared last week, according to those who have encountered the change. The update automatically installs Microsoft’s PC Health Check app, which is designed to notify users if their machine is officially eligible for the new Windows 11.

The app was previously available as an optional 13MB download from Microsoft’s website. But now the company is rolling out it for all Windows 10 users, citing it as a useful tool to keep their computers performing.

Microsoft says the PC Health Check app, which arrives via Windows Update, will make it easier for customers to monitor their device’s health and verify their eligibility to get Windows 11.

But in its current form, the PC Health Check app doesn’t offer anything revolutionary. This will just ensure that your PC is running the latest Windows 10 update, determine your PC’s storage capacity, and allow you to manage programs loaded on startup, all of the options you could already find in the operating system without download the app. Meanwhile, a separate button in the app called “PC Health Tips” simply advises you to turn on the built-in antivirus and use Microsoft Edge for better internet browsing.

Microsoft’s support document for the update also states, “We will not install PC Health Check on Windows 11 devices.”

The other problem with the app is Windows 11’s built-in System Requirements Checker: you could argue that this can make you think your system can’t upgrade to Windows 11 when the truth is more complicated.

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Microsoft has quietly recognized that you can run the operating system on many older PCs that do not technically meet all of the system requirements. But in order to do that, you will have to tinker with Windows 10 settings and go through a manual installation. The company itself has released official instructions on how to do this, although Microsoft warns that running Windows 11 on an unsupported machine could cause it to malfunction. (That said, one user managed to install Windows 11 on a PC with a 15-year-old Pentium chip.)

If you’re not a fan of the KB5005463 update, the PC Health Check app is easy to uninstall by going to the Windows 10 Settings panel and removing it just like you would with a typical program. However, BleepingComputer reports that some users notice that the app will reinstall itself even after manually removing it. In response, Microsoft said it was investigating the issue, which it called unexpected behavior.

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