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Microsoft updates the requirements for Windows 11: it can be installed on older computers, but without security updates

Since the introduction of Windows 11 to date we have seen clarification after clarification on which devices are compatible and which are not. The confusion is undoubtedly present, so Microsoft has published a new clarification explaining the necessary requirements. But what is perhaps more interesting is what happens to unsupported equipment.


In a new post on the official Windows blog, Microsoft has clarified which processors will be supported in addition to what other specifications are required. As indicated, compatible 64-bit processors, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage will be required as before, UEFI secure boot y TPM 2.0.

Going into the processor aspect, Microsoft has updated the list of Intel, AMD and Qualcomm with all supported models. Now adds Core X and Xeon W series models, also the Intel Core 7820HQ. Nothing new for Qualcomm and AMD, who keep the same list of compatible models.

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According to Microsoft, devices that do not meet these requirements have “52% more blocks in the kernel” while those meeting the necessary specifications “had a 99.8% crash-free experience.” For now, users can download the tool to check if their device is compatible and install the beta version.

What will happen when you install Windows 11 on unsupported computers

Given the above specifications, many computers will not be able to update because they do not meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. They will not be able to at least officially, but on their own. If the user decides download the Windows 11 ISO on your own and install it it is free to do so. The problem? Some.

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Apart from the errors it can give and the kernel blocks mentioned above, Microsoft has indicated to The Verge that there will be no security updates. Unsupported computers running Windows 11 will not receive critical security updates and, of course, updates with new features.

Microsoft has released security patches for their operating systems for years, both for current operating systems and even for those that no longer had official support. It will be interesting to see if Windows 11 will not have security updates from day one for those computers that should not have it installed.

Via | ZDNet