Microsoft has no plans to relax minimum system requirements to upgrade to Windows 11
Microsoft sticks to its weapons with the minimum requirements. After announcing Windows 11 earlier this summer, which will replace Windows 10 as the company’s flagship operating system this fall, Microsoft has unveiled the specifications needed to run the new software on your PC. And the specifications caused a commotion.
Microsoft stipulates that all machines require TPM 2.0, which is an obscure security feature (well, it was obscure until Microsoft shone a spotlight on it after the Windows 11 announcement) that has always been quite a niche. In fact, it’s so niche that most standalone motherboards disable TPM 2.0 automatically, so you’d have to dive into their BIOS to re-enable the feature.
Unfortunately, that is Not everything.
The Redmond-based company has also released a strict CPU compatibility list. You’ll need at least an eighth-generation Intel processor called Coffee Lake, which launched in October 2017. That’s less than four years ago. So you need a fairly recent machine to enjoy Windows 11. You also need at least a second-generation Ryzen CPU to upgrade to the new OS.
These specs have left a large number of Windows users – who are very eager to use and upgrade to Windows 10 – in the dark.
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But Microsoft won’t be making any changes to the requirements anytime soon. Microsoft program manager Aria Carley recently addressed the issue during an Ask Me Anything webcast. When asked about the controversy, Carley said, “Group Policy doesn’t allow you to bypass hardware enforcement for Windows 11. We’re still going to block you from upgrading your device to an unsupported state, because we’re really sure want your devices to remain supported and secure.”
Yaks. Well, that about sums it up.
Microsoft will check your machine’s specifications before downloading Windows 11 through the Windows Update app. If you don’t meet the minimum requirements, the US tech company won’t even allow you to download the installer. So at least you know before doing a huge download.
Carley did admit that she’s well aware that “it sucks” for those who have a relatively recent build that can’t upgrade. However, Microsoft adheres to the requirements to “keep devices more productive, have a better experience, and better security than ever before so they can stay protected.”
Microsoft has confirmed that the first hardware with Windows 11 will be launched before the end of the year. However, the download for users to upgrade their existing machines to the all-new operating system will not be available worldwide until next year.
Windows 11 is a pretty radical upgrade. It brings a completely redesigned home menu in the center of the screen, all-new interactive widgets, new options to manage multiple on-screen windows across multiple screens, faster connections to Bluetooth peripherals, and more.
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