Microsoft justifies Windows 11’s strict requirements

Windows 11 strict requirements

Windows 11 is now rolling out in stages and it can be
officially installed on supported hardware. Windows 11 is
offered as a free upgrade for Windows 10 devices, but
unsupported devices may not be eligible for future cumulative
updates, according to a statement from Microsoft.

Despite the warning, it’s pretty clear that most Windows 10
devices should have no problem handling Windows 11. That’s
because Windows 11 is essentially based on Windows 10, and the
new operating system is all about design improvements. However,
Microsoft is forcing strict hardware requirements to offer
absolute best security experience.

In a new video, Microsoft
highlighted the importance of security features required on
Windows 11. Windows 11 has been designed with a strong
focus on security, according to Microsoft.

It requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0), Secure Boot,
Virtualization-based Security (VBS), and more. These security
features, which are typically included in newer devices, have
lead to strict system requirements.

The officials further explained that they want to set a
standard for PC security with Windows 11 and older devices are
not being supported because they lack all these security
features.

It’s worth noting that TPM or Secure Boot are also available on
Windows 10, but they’re now being enforced to ensure a secure
experience for Windows 11 users.

If you’re not familiar with TPMs, these are physical or virtual
chips to protect encryption keys, user credentials, and other
sensitive data.

“With Windows 11, we’re requiring TPM 2.0 on new installs by
default. Most computers built over the last five years,”
Microsoft said.

“If a machine is compromised, we can help you minimize the
damage. Windows 11 will stop these types of attacks
out-of-the-box because we’re using Secure Boot and Trusted
Boot, which uses both the required UEFI and TPM hardware.
Secure Boot and Trusted Boot stop rootkits or bootkits that
attempt to modify your early boot files,” the company added.

Before setting strict requirements, Microsoft conducted tests
on old hardware to determine compatibility with security
features like TPM. Based on those, Microsoft concluded that
it is important to run Windows 11 on new or supported devices.

Windows 11 and performance

Additionally, Microsoft has also conducted a series of tests on
old hardware to determine performance issues when running
Windows 11 with older processors. Microsoft’s analysis revealed
that older devices would experience performance issues, and
users may experience frequent app crashes.

Unsupported PCs can experience 52% more blue screens than those
that meet the requirements. On newer devices, blue screen
errors have been reduced using modern driver update management
and modern drivers issued by OEMs, which are not available on
older devices.

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