Unsupported Windows 11 PCs will get cumulative updates, at least for now

Windows 11 cumulative updates

Microsoft has announced October 5 release date for Windows 11,
and it has also
started warning testers about the upcoming changes to the
Windows Insider program.

As you’re probably aware, Windows 11 comes with minimum system
requirements that are needed to run the new operating system.
Windows 11 can be installed on 8th-gen Core processors (Coffee
Lake), Ryzen 2000 and newer. Unfortunately, the operating
system is not officially supported on devices running Intel’s
Kaby Lake, AMD Zen 1 chips or older.

You cannot upgrade to Windows 11 via Windows Update if you fail
to meet the above requirements. If you’ve joined the
Windows Insider program’s Dev Channel and already started
testing Windows 11 on unsupported PCs, you should see a warning
message in Windows Update explaining the current situation.

The message states that you’ll no longer receive builds on PC
and you need to reinstall Windows 10. That’s because the
company has updated the requirements for Windows 11 preview
builds, so devices not coming with supported processors or
modules are no longer allowed to get new builds.

For those who still want to participant in the Windows Insider
program, they can join the Release Preview Channel and begin
testing
Windows 10 version 21H2 (October 2021 Update).

Windows 11 hardware outdated

The message suggests that this is the end road for Windows 11
testers with unsupported hardware and they should go back to
Windows 10. However, Microsoft has now clarified that users
will continue to get “cumulative updates” up to the general
availability and the notification is about upcoming development
builds from the Nickel branch.

“The PCs given an exception will no longer receive any new
future Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel but will
still get Cumulative Updates for Windows 11 leading up to GA.
As I said, there is a distinction between *new builds* here,”
Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc noted on
Twitter.

Although Microsoft is currently not planning to block the
cumulative updates for unsupported Windows 11 devices, this
could change soon and users may be barred from getting
necessary monthly updates via Windows Update.

That’s because those devices are in an “unsupported” state i.e
not eligible for support from the tech giant.

In theory, it would be possible to bypass these restrictions by
making changes to Windows Registry. If you’re not comfortable
with these “loopholes”, you’ll need to roll back to Windows 10
to get regular cumulative and minor feature updates.

Windows 10 is supported until at least 2025, according to
Microsoft.

Windows 11 rollout plans

Earlier this week, Microsoft officially announced the launch
date of Windows 11, confirming that the select devices in the
production channel (non-Insider) will begin receiving the new
operating system starting October 5.

Windows 11 is already in the final stage of testing
and participants in the Insider program are expected to
receive the final build soon. Microsoft will continue to
release cumulative updates to fix bugs and improve the general
performance of the operating system.

The rollout will continue into 2022 and it is expected to
complete by the summer of 2022.

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