Microsoft stands firm on
Windows 11 requirements and only supported hardware will be
getting the new operating system. This decision has been rather
controversial and Microsoft is planning to let tech-savvy users
install the new Windows on unsupported hardware using Media
Creation Tool, but there are two caveats – more BSODs and fewer
or limited updates.
For Intel CPUs, 8th gen CPUs or newer are officially supported.
On the AMD side, Microsoft is currently planning to support
Ryzen 2000 or newer and 2nd-gen or newer Epyc
processors. Microsoft recently added support for select
high-end 7th gen Intel CPUs used in devices like Surface
According to Microsoft, installing Windows 11 on anything older
than 8th gen processors come with an increased likelihood of
Blue Screen of Death. This move leaves a lot of devices
unsupported including Microsoft’s own Surface Laptop, Surface
Pro 5 and Surface Go.
In internal testing, Microsoft observed a spike in Blue Screen
of Death errors due to old driver support on unsupported
hardware. The officially supported processors follow
Microsoft’s OEM and IHV guidelines for drivers and they use
modern (DCH) drivers which offer better performance on Windows
According to Microsoft, Windows 11 is currently plagued with
the following problems on outdated machines:
- Unsupported devices have 52% more kernel mode crashes (Blue
Screen of Death errors). On the other hand, compatible devices
provide a 99.8% crash-free experience.
- On unsupported devices, app hangs are 17% more likely. For
first-party apps, Microsoft observed 43% more crashes.
These stats are based on telemetry data from Windows Insider
machines, and Microsoft has confirmed that PCs with older
processors won’t be officially supported.
Fewer or limited Windows Updates for Windows 11
As we mentioned at the outset, tech-savvy users can download
and run Windows 11 on supported PCs via the two official
channels – the Windows Insider program and Windows Media
If you ignore Microsoft’s advice and run the officially
unsupported operating system on your device, you may not
receive any quality updates via Windows Update. Microsoft
officials have said that they couldn’t guarantee these devices
would get monthly updates like cumulative or optional updates.
In future, Microsoft could entirely block updates on
This move should raise some red flags for users planning to use
the official “loopholes” to install Windows 11.
Anyway, there would be a way to bypass the Windows Update
restrictions on unsupported Windows 11, but Microsoft won’t be
recommending or providing support for any loopholes.