Windows 11 has arrived after a few months of testing in the
Windows Insider program, but there’s a catch – it can be
officially installed on supported PCs only. Microsoft has
strict standards for Windows 11 and those using ineligible
devices are advised to stay on Windows 10.
Windows 11 requires 8th-generation or newer processors from
Intel and Zen 2 or newer from AMD. If you don’t have new
hardware, chances are you’ll need to stick to Windows 10 for
continued support and updates from Microsoft. Or you’ll need to
buy a new device that supports Windows 11.
The minimum system requirements for Windows 11 are: new 64-bit
processor, 4GB of RAM
64GB drive, UEFI with Secure Boot, and TPM 2.0. Microsoft
explained that requirements are in place for performance and
security reasons, and the company won’t support the operating
system on devices using older processors without TPM 2.0.
Although Windows 11 is not supported on older processors, it is
still possible to install the OS.
If you have an unsupported device, you’ll need to sign an
agreement accepting risks associated with Windows 11. The
pop-up notification, which appears during the installation of
Windows 11, warns of ‘damages’, including an increased
likelihood of bugs and limited updates.
Previously, Microsoft suggested that users who install Windows
11 on ineligible devices wouldn’t receive important updates. A
new support document has now confirmed that this would be the
case going forward, and there may be other “damages”.
Windows 10 is a perfectly fine operating system, but if you
choose to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, you may not
receive security updates from the company. In a new support
document, Microsoft confirmed that devices failing to meet
these requirements will not be guaranteed to receive updates.
“Your device might malfunction due to these compatibility or
other issues,” the company noted in a document published on Monday.
“Devices that do not meet these system requirements will no
longer be guaranteed to receive updates, including but not
limited to security updates,” the company said.
As per the tech giant, unsupported hardware may experience more
Blue Screen of Death errors than devices that meet the
requirements. Microsoft is promising a 99.8% crash-free
experience for supported hardware, thanks to the new drivers
and modern driver update management.
Interestingly, crashes won’t be limited to just Blue Screen of
Death. According to Microsoft, first-party aka inbox apps like
Clock and Mail will see 43% more crashes. Likewise, overall app
hangs are 17% more likely on unsupported devices.
Remember that Windows 11 is all about design improvements and
Windows 10 would be more reliable than the new operating
system, so there’s no need to rush the upgrade unless you
really want to experience the new Start menu, notification
center, and other goodies.
Windows 11 is currently rolling out in stages and users can
install it immediately using the official
ISO images or Installation Assistant.