You all might be aware that Microsoft is set to launch their new Operating System Windows 11 on the 5th of October 2021. With the new Operating System, there came a new set of hardware requirements for the installation of the Operating System. The official system requirements state that one should have a minimum of 7th Generation Intel* Processors or first generation of AMD Zen processors* to be on Win11.
When Windows 11 Insider program began even the users with unsupported hardware were able to install Win 11 with some tweaks, which Microsoft later blocked. If you are one such user then you will be removed from the Windows Insider program.
Hardware requirements for Windows 11 will block preview builds on unsupported PC’s
If your PC does not support Win11 and, you are part of the Windows Insider Program, you will receive the updates only until the official release of the Win11 after which you need to roll back to Windows 10 to receive continuous updates. Microsoft is enforcing this so that the users do not run into compatibility issues later.
In the below screenshot Microsoft makes its intent clear to remove the Unsupported Win 11 PC’s out of the Insider Program. Also, there is no clarity on whether these PCs will be allowed to install cumulative updates month on month.
“Your PC does not meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. Your device is not eligible to join the Windows Insider Program on Windows 11. Please install Windows 10 to participate in the Windows Insider in the Release Preview Channel”The error message reading in unsupported devices
Microsoft has been playing hardball when it comes to the latest hardware requirements and they have cited issues and bugs as the reason for the newer hardware and I don’t see any change instance of the Software Giant in foreseeable future with Win 11 launching in early October only for supported Hardware and the unsupported hardware will have not have access to Win 11 builds beyond 22000.
- Hardware requirements check for Windows 11
- * – We are still not sure all the 7th Generation Intel and first generation of AMD zen processors will be supported. Will have to wait and see.