On unsupported hardware, you can install Windows 11, but you won’t

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techno.rentetan.com – Microsoft allows users to roundabout install a new OS, but risk exists. Microsoft’s stringent hardware requirements have put many people behind for the forthcoming Windows 11 yet the new OS can be installed even if the processor of a PC or security functions do not satisfy corporate criteria — even if the company’s performance is not guaranteed.

The Verge states that customers may manually install Windows 11 using an ISO, Microsoft confirms. This goes without saying that you do not have to install Windows 11 with Windows PC Health Checks. But the minimum hardware requirements still have to be met on your PC:

  • A 64-bit 1 GHz processor with two cores minimum.
  • RAM 4 GB.
  • Free storage space of at least 64 GB.

If Windows 11 is available in the future weeks, we will know more about the manual installation process, but the method probably resembles installing Windows 10 with an ISO, which also means that you will require one of the following settings:

  • A disk-burning DVD drive.
  • Or installed on your PC a virtual drive.

As long as you fulfill all of the aforementioned hardware needs, even when you do not meet the TPM or SecureBoot needs to update through the conventional channels you are able to install Windows 11.

This is of course not the upgrading route you are planning. But it offers manual installation of the ISO to the companies wanting to preview Windows 11, and reluctant users who don’t want to upgrade their hardware. Microsoft would prefer have people buy a new PC or upgrade it for the recommended hardware specs. Naturally, installing Windows 11 manually is not risk-free on unsupported hardware.

The major drawback is that older computers might not qualify for future Windows 11 updates. One item is lacking in new features and upgrades, but safety and driver updates are the major issues. These smaller updates are more common, distinct from major version improvements. Although Microsoft didn’t confirm that it would prevent obsolete hardware updates, the company is obviously taking this on board. Older PCs may be vulnerable to unpatched vulnerabilities like the current PrintNightmare vulnerability, if this happens.

Although older computers cannot install updates automatically, Microsoft may be able to issue further versions of Windows 11, which can be used to manually update to the current version (as long as they actually become available, that is).

Old PCs can also run on obsolete drivers amid compatibility problems. Unassembled or out of current drivers can hinder the use of USB drives, break down simple capabilities and even block the execution of software. Likewise, if your display drivers are not current, some games will perform poorly. This is a long process, while you may manually update drivers, and identify and install correct drivers are difficult.

Again, Microsoft will not prevent upgrades for older technology, that’s not proven, but it may always happen. If you don’t want to handle these concerns, sticking with Windows 10 on older PCs could be better. There are also ways to try Windows 11 without installing anything.