When Microsoft announced its Windows 11 operating system, it made it clear that the operating system was designed for devices that meet the operating system requirements. The company removed the Windows 11 Compatibility Checker because it only returned “compatible” or “not compatible” when it ran, but did not provide an explanation.
With release just a week away, users around the world are left in the dark when it comes to installing Windows 11 on unsupported devices.
Recently, Microsoft added a new Windows 11 setup prompt that acts as a waiver if the device does not meet the minimum requirements for Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system.
One sentence stands out in particular:
If you install Windows 11, your PC will no longer be supported and will not be able to receive updates.
Does this mean that unsupported Windows 11 devices will not receive updates, even security updates? Or is Microsoft playing it safe and just stating that it cannot be held responsible if updates fail to install on unsupported devices?
It would be a first for the company if devices running any of its supported operating systems could no longer receive updates or at the very least security updates.
Devices would be stuck on the initial install version of Windows 11. Without updates, security and other issues would not be fixed, and devices would be vulnerable to attacks and exploits.
Administrators would have little choice but to roll back to an older version of Windows, install an older version of Windows from scratch, or switch to Linux.
Microsoft has never been a company with clear communication. Another prime example is the wording of the “What Needs Your Attention” waiver, which it displays during setup.
It seems likely that unsupported Windows 11 devices will receive updates, but administrators are on their own if issues are encountered while installing updates or after. Unsupported means Microsoft will not help customers if the PC does not meet the minimum requirements.
Updates can also refer to feature updates, which will be released once a year. Feature updates may include system compatibility checks, and devices that do not meet minimum requirements may be prevented from installing them; this would end the race a year after the official release of Windows 11. Administrators may be able to install this new version of Windows 11 from scratch, but it could mean losing access to installed apps or changes of the system.
Microsoft could provide a simpler explanation, both regarding updates on devices that do not meet system requirements and installing Windows 11 on unsupported devices, but there is has little hope that a company official will document any of these questions. .
Windows users who plan to upgrade to Windows 11 on unsupported hardware may want to wait at least a month before considering starting the upgrade. By that time, the first cumulative update will have been released and information about the behavior of the update on unsupported Windows 11 devices will have been revealed. It’s even possible that the first update for Windows 11 will be released on October 12, the Patch Tuesday of the month.
To answer the title question: Windows 11 devices, which do not meet the minimum requirements, could indeed be blocked by Microsoft, if the company decides to prevent them from receiving updates. We’ll know more in two weeks, when the first updates for Windows 11 are released.
Now you: What is your opinion on this?