The status of a Windows system is a reflection of the health status of its various attached hardware and the installed software. For example, if the physical memory (RAM) is failing then the status is not good. Similarly, if the S.M.A.R.T data for a hard disk drive might indicate that it is going to fail in coming months – which will reflect in the system status itself. If the operating system files have become corrupt then it is also a negative status indicator. Similarly, if the user accounts have some problems logging in to their user profiles, then you might get some problematic status.
But how do we check the system status on a Windows 11 PC? It is really very easy and any beginner can find the system status in less than five seconds. Here is how:
- First of all switch to the Windows Desktop by pressing the hotkey Win+D. You can switch back to all the open windows by using the same hotkey.
- Right-click anywhere on the desktop while avoiding any icons or shortcuts. From the right-click context-menu, select Open in Windows Terminal.
- In the Terminal, type the following command: wmic OS GET STATUS. It will show the status of your system which could be OK, Degraded, Error, Pred Fail, Starting, Stopping, Service or Unknown.
If the status is OK, then everything is okay and there is nothing to worry about. If the system status is showing Error, then system is experiencing some problem running normally. Pred Fail indicates that system health is not good and it may fail in near future.
The degraded status is usually shown if you created user accounts but have never used them but it can also indicate other things. If the Unknown status is being displayed then perhaps WMI is not able to connect to your Windows 11 PC in which can you have to restart the Windows Management Instrumentation service.