Windows 11 can be installed on unsupported computers but there’s a big security risk

Windows 11 can be installed on unsupported computers but there’s a big security risk
Windows 11 is Microsoft's upcoming operating systemMicrosoft
  • Microsoft will allow you to install Windows 11 on unsupported computers, after initially blocking the upcoming update.
  • The Windows 11 update is expected to roll out in the coming weeks.
  • Microsoft has updated the list of supported processors for Windows 11.
Microsoft has confirmed that there is a way that users with unsupported computers will be able to install Windows 11, but they will have to deal with a major security risk.

The news comes after a major backlash against Microsoft’s decision to not support Intel processors older than the 8th generation, or AMD processors older than Ryzen 2nd gen. Recently, Microsoft added support for the Intel Core i7 7820HQ processor, primarily because it meets the security requirements, and is also used in the Surface Studio 2. In addition to this, Microsoft also added the Intel Core X and Xeon W series to its list of supported processors.

Now, according to a report by PCWorld, Microsoft will indeed let users with these unsupported processors install the Windows 11 update on their computers. However, the company says that this is only for “temporary use”, and that users will not be guaranteed updates – this includes even security updates.
This will leave those unsupported computers at a major security risk. It is not clear if Microsoft will change course on this and push out security updates without any major fuss, or if it will actually follow through on its warning and ban these unsupported computers from installing any updates whatsoever.
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So far, the company has maintained vagueness in whether or not these unsupported computers will be able to get any Windows 11 update.

Windows 11 minimum requirements


Microsoft also outlined some of the minimum hardware requirements to run Windows 11. This includes:

  • Compatible 64-bit processor.
  • 4GB memory.
  • 64GB storage.
  • UEFI secure boot.
  • TPM 2.0 support.
Microsoft did not specify the exact graphics requirements yet, but it is likely that we will know more details in this regard in the coming days and weeks.

How to check if your computer is supported by Windows 11

To check whether your computer or laptop is supported by Windows 11, you can download and install the PC Health Check app on your device.

The latest PC Health Check app can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website here. Once installed, open the app and check if your computer is compatible with Windows 11 or not.


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