Microsoft is kicking ineligible Windows 11 PCs out of Insider program

Windows 11 preview unsupported PCs

When Microsoft released the Windows 11 builds in the last week
of June, it was available to all devices part of the Dev
Channel at that time. Unsupported devices were also offered
Windows 11 through the Dev channel of the Insider Preview, but
this workaround could soon stop working.

If you have an unsupported device and you’re on Dev Channel,
you won’t receive any updates beyond Windows 11 version 21H2.
Of course, there is a reason for this. The Dev Channel is
designed to offer early access to unannounced Windows releases
and features, and it will soon start receiving builds from the
development branch (Nickel).

Windows 11 is set to
launch on October 5 and Microsoft is now preparing the Dev
Channel for the next version of the operating system which is
expected to release in the fall of 2022.

The Windows Insider program has different requirements from
Windows 11 itself. If you have unsupported hardware and it’s
part of the Windows Insider program, you can currently download
and test Windows 11 preview builds without running into
compatibility issues.

However, there’s a catch – if your device doesn’t support
Windows 11 and it is in the Dev ring, you’ll only get preview
updates until the official release. Microsoft has been very
clear that unsupported devices would not have access to Windows
11 builds beyond Build 22000 since the very beginning.

“PCs will be allowed to preview Windows 11 updates only via
flighting until General Availability. PCs will then need to
take action to go back to Windows 10 and will not be eligible
for future Windows 11 Preview builds,” the company said in a
blog post published on June
24.

As you can see in the screenshot below, Microsoft is now
booting unsupported Windows 11 PCs out of the Windows Insider
Program.

Windows 11 Insider

If your CPU isn’t supported officially, you’ll soon need to
roll back to Windows 10 to keep getting regular updates.
Microsoft is enforcing this policy to prevent potential
compatibility issues and it’s similar to the strategy that the
company followed for Windows Phones not eligible for Windows 10
Mobile.

“Your PC does not meet the minimum hardware requirements for
Windows 11. Your device is not eligible to join the Windows
Insider Program on Windows 11. Please install Windows 10 to
participate in the Windows Insider in the Release Preview
Channel,” the error message reads.

It’s not yet clear if these unsupported devices in the Windows
Insider program are allowed to download the monthly cumulative
updates.

Windows 11 requirements will block preview builds on
unsupported PCs

Windows 11 requirements have been confusing from the beginning
and Microsoft has struggled to explain the strict hardware
requirements. Taking to the official blog post, Microsoft
officials blamed issues with older processors and drivers for
restricting Windows 11 to newer machines.

Microsoft’s investigation revealed that older CPUs (including
7th gen CPUs) come with an increased likelihood of Blue Screen
of Death errors on Windows 11. Another reason is old driver
support that would be particularly responsible for performance
issues on Windows 11.

Microsoft has made it pretty obvious that it won’t relax the
requirements and you may be disappointed if you were hoping to
see the tech giant change its stance on the controversial
hardware requirements.

Windows 11 currently requires Intel’s 8th generation or Ryzen
2000 processors with TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot support.

Microsoft won’t be making any major changes to the official
system requirements and Windows 11 will launch in early October
for supported hardware only.

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