Microsoft explains that Windows 11 is not suitable for older PCs. Although the installation itself is allowed, it warns of risks. But what about incompatible computers?
- Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 can be installed on incompatible devices,
- However, the installation will only be done manually and at your own risk,
- The company draws attention to the various problems we may encounter,
- However, not all computers have the most leaning TPM.
One of the frequently mentioned topics about Windows 11 was how it would be with support for the new operating system on older PCs. Microsoft finally commented on the matter, but its message to users is clear – Windows 11 requires a more modern computer.
On the other hand, Microsoft did not disable the installation of Windows 11 on computers that do not meet the system requirements. It has officially confirmed that a similar installation is possible.
Until the last minute company I also posted a brief guide (includes relatively simple modification of the system logs), and how to bypass control of both the TPM 2.0 security module and the hardware processor in the system installation process. These two components have often been misclassified and discussed as “hurdles” when installing Windows 11.
Although this may seem like a welcome step at first glance, users, especially older (though still powerful) devices, can’t be too happy. Quite the contrary.
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Microsoft warns of dangers
Allowing Windows 11 to be installed on incompatible PCs is a trap for users. Microsoft gives a warning during the installation process about potential issues that they (according to the company) should consider. Installation will be done at your own risk.
Among other things, Microsoft mentions potential compatibility issues (such as drivers). It also warns that running Windows 11 on an incompatible computer may also damage it. Without warranty coverage.
It also mentions the possibility that your Windows 11 device may not receive security updates.
Source: Microsoft (reprophoto: Martin Kováč)
However, it was not initially confirmed that Microsoft would actually cut out security updates. But the prospect of such a move will not satisfy you.
Of course, working on an unsupported (unpaid) device is a huge security risk, which in our opinion is not worth the potential benefits of Windows 11.
Raise the bar? This strategy has cracks
The most problematic and controversial hardware requirement is TPM 2.0. Microsoft itself defends mandatory TPM 2.0 support by saying that Windows 11 should set a new “foundation” in terms of system security. He argues that in his experience, if something wasn’t mandatory, it wouldn’t be there at all or would be turned off by default.
Microsoft is fundamentally right in this regard, but several important facts must be taken into account.
First of all, TPM is far from being omnipotent. It is usually used to store passwords, encryption keys, various certificates, or other sensitive data. It also plays an important role in the direction of logging into devices or services without a password at all.
The unit also provides a helping hand in hacker attacks. A large percentage of attacks on hardware are directed at the firmware, respectively. Misuse of firmware. TPM offers some form of increased protection against such attacks, although it is not a panacea. Instead, it doesn’t have to block similar attacks as such, but does reduce potential damage.
But the biggest problem is the fact that many computers – even modern ones – do not have TPM computers, because they cannot or cannot. The mentioned solution has many opponents or critics. Even from entire governments. This is due, among other things, to the fact that authorized parties can see the changes we have made to the system, or to give the manufacturer or operator of the system the opportunity to limit the type of software that we will run on the device.
Generally, TPM-chip devices are not shipped as there is a de facto ban on “Western” cipher solutions. The most prominent example is China. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses its own alternative. Significant restrictions also apply to the use of TPM in Russia, for example.
Either way, these are giant computer markets.
It is not clear how Microsoft wants to deal with this and in what form it plans to introduce Windows 11 there. This is one of the reasons why in the previous months there was information that Microsoft should prepare special OEM versions of the system without having to use a TPM.
The actual use of TPM 2.0 in practice is also an issue. It is important to note that TPM as a technology is not a fad. He’s been showing up in facilities for years.
Even Microsoft itself has been asking for TPM 2.0 for a long time. terms of its license to OEM partners, respectively. PC manufacturers have stated since 2016 that newly manufactured PCs running Windows 10 must have (and enable) TPM 2.0.
Source: Microsoft (reprophoto: Martin Kováč)
But many years of practice are different. As it turned out when checking the readiness of computers on Windows 11, many Windows 10 machines with TPM 2.0 often turn off the chip and therefore do not use it in practice. Is there really a big shift in Windows 11?
Windows 11 isn’t a completely new system, but rather an evolution of Windows 10. Originally, it was meant to be just a major update to Windows 10.
In addition, Microsoft’s original strategy is beginning to turn against it. It has allowed millions of Windows 7 or 8.x devices to upgrade to Windows 10. However, many devices do not meet the requirements of TPM 2.0 and were not required.
Even today, there is still an opportunity to go to the “dozens” So to speak, by detour. However, at the moment, the vast majority of devices are no longer officially eligible for Windows 11.
Installation may not be for everyone
Even if we decide to take the risk on our shoulders, we still don’t win. If our hardware does not meet the system requirements, we will not see any “proper” installation of the system.
The new Windows 11 will not be offered through Windows Update.
We are left with only Possibility to create installation media (Preferably with a special application Microsoft Media Creation Tool, which is officially offered) and perform a clean installation of the system. So we will proceed in the same way as if, for example, we replaced the hard drive in the computer.
However, this is no longer available to everyone. Additionally, if users of these systems have already lost security updates, they may still need to roll back to the original system. This is possible, but again only with a clean install (and many bots in addition to that).
And here comes another problem – the length of support for individual systems.
What about the army of unsupported regimes?
Devices that will not be able to use Windows 11 have the right to continue working with Windows 10. For this system, major patches and updates will continue to be released.
However, Windows 10 customer support is expected to end on October 14, 2025. It’s still four years, but it’s not long.
What will happen after this date? Will at least tens of millions of Windows 10 PCs still be completely unsupported just because they couldn’t migrate to Windows 11?
Microsoft has had to deal with a similar problem in the past. The widely used Windows XP was also “killer” and “immortal”. So his support had to be extended.
We also draw attention to a new segment of the SHARE Technology podcast, where you will learn:
- Who can get the new Windows 11,
- What are the hardware requirements it has,
- Under what circumstances can it be obtained free of charge,
- How is the graphic interface different,
- What are the innovations in the App Store?
- And why Microsoft decided to add support for Android.
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