In the midst of the pandemic, Windows is seeing a surge in
popularity, and understandably, Microsoft is introducing
Windows 11 to keep up as a result.
Windows 11 features a new look, themes and personalization
options, centered Start menu, and there’s plenty to like about
the new operating system except its hardware requirements.
Windows 11 comes with rather unexpected hardware requirements,
with the presence of a newer chip listed as one of the minimum
Microsoft’s Windows 11 requirements haven’t been communicated
well and some users are unsure if their devices can be upgraded
to the new operating system. As
we reported recently, Microsoft has posted a video explaining the new
requirements and if users can bypass these restrictions.
For those unaware, Windows 11 currently supports Intel’s 8th
generation processors or newer, AMD Zen 2 or newer, Qualcomm
7/8 Series. Microsoft is confident that only devices with newer
processors will meet [its] principles around security and
reliability for Windows 11”, and older devices will be blocked.
The company is planning to check your hardware compatibility
using Windows Update before you can install Windows 11, and a
compatibility error will appear on the screen if your device
fails to meet the requirements.
Representatives from Microsoft explained that they understand
it’s frustrating when your device isn’t going to be eligible
for Windows 11, but they’re enforcing these policies to ensure
a quality experience.
Microsoft noted that Windows 11 is a big upgrade with a focus
on security, and these requirements ensure better performance
Microsoft has confirmed that traditional bypass methods will
not work. While users can remove feature updates safeguards on
Windows 11 by modifying the Group Policy, Windows 11 minimum
hardware requirements cannot be bypassed via a group policy
edit, according to Microsoft:
That group policy will not enable you to get around the
hardware enforcement for Windows 11. We’re still going to block
you from upgrading your device to an unsupported state since we
really want to make sure that your devices stay supported and
As you can imagine, people aren’t happy with Microsoft’s vague
explanation. In the comments of Microsoft’s video, people are
basically yelling at the tech giant to reverse these
Some users said that “Windows 11 will be another Windows 8”,
while others criticized Microsoft’s explanation of minimum
requirement. “These requirements are just a marketing ploy” by
Microsoft, another user stated.
At the time of writing, the unlisted video on YouTube has not
been well received by Microsoft customers and it has been
disliked by more than 300 people.
Comments on Microsoft’s video have now been disabled.
Windows 11 requirements can still be bypassed… but the process
won’t be simple
It is very much likely that developers and users will
eventually find a way to bypass all requirements. For example,
it would be possible to bypass requirements by modifying the
installation media (.ISO).
However, Windows Update, Media Creation Tool, Registry, and
Group Policy methods will not work.