Microsoft is testing a desktop watermark for unsupported Windows 11 PCs

Windows 11 unsupported PCs

The Windows 11 requirements caused some serious debate last
year, with the tech giant stating the requirements are in place
for security reasons. Microsoft’s decision angered many folks
who were looking forward to Windows 11 and several workarounds
were discovered to bypass the requirements.

Even if your device does not meet the requirements, it is
possible to force-install the OS onto your device. In fact,

Microsoft has an official registry hack to bypass the TPM
and CPU checks in the Installation Assistant and install
Windows 11 on any hardware capable of running Windows 10.

In the same documentation, Microsoft previously warned that
devices failing to meet requirements will no longer be
guaranteed to receive updates. Microsoft officials also
concluded that it is not “recommended” to force-install Windows
11 as the requirements ensure better performance and security.

Windows 11 requirements not met

If you’ve already installed Windows 11 on unsupported devices,
you might soon notice a new watermark on the desktop. The
watermark, which appears above the taskbar clock, is similar to
the “Windows is not activated” error, but it won’t affect apps,
windows or web browsers.

Windows 11 system requirements

The desktop watermark simply states “system requirements not
met” and it may irritate some users, but it should not come as
too much of a surprise, as Microsoft previously warned users of
possible ‘damage’.

Windows 11 warning

As you can see in the above
screenshot, the
alert will also appear within the Settings app and it will
remind users that their device isn’t officially supported.

At the moment, you will find these alerts in two places –
desktop and Settings app. So far, these notifications can be
safely ignored and they do not affect the overall user
experience as the watermark is limited to the desktop or
Settings page only.

There are no indications that Microsoft is planning to display
the “unsupported device” alert on top of open apps.

Thankfully, it is possible to remove the watermark by following
these steps:

  • Open Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to the following location
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl
    PanelUnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache
  • Change the value of SV2 to ‘0’.
  • Reboot.

It’s also worth noting that the company is A/B testing the new
watermark in
Windows 11 Build 22557 and it may appear in production
builds with Sun Valley 2 update.

Future of unsupported Windows 11 PCs

For unversed, Microsoft has also implemented a pop-up that
appears during the installation of the OS and tells users the
drawbacks of installing Windows 11 on a PC failing to meet the
minimum spec.

Windows 11 Setup alert
Windows 11 requirements warning during installation

The pop-up makes it clear that there can be compatibility
issues, ‘possible damage’ and other problems if you go ahead
with the installation of Windows 11 on an unsupported PC.

Additionally, Microsoft has confirmed that it won’t offer any
guarantee on regular or even crucial security updates for
unsupported devices.

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