Microsoft’s efforts to succeed in Home windows 11 are usually not going very effectively
Microsoft Program Manager Aria Carley will answer questions from Microsoft Tech Community users about Windows 11 upgrades when the new operating system version is generally available.
On a live stream on July 21, Microsoft Program Manager Aria Carley answered questions from users of the Microsoft Tech Community about the final hardware requirements for upgrading to Windows 11. Although hardware requirements – including but not limited to TPM 2.0 support – are for Windows 11 Failing to enforce alpha images that are now available, Carley confirmed that the “hardware floor” would be real for the final releases.
“So we’re talking about this new level of hardware about what devices are and what aren’t,” said Carley, adding, “We know it’s a shame that some aren’t Windows 11-compatible.” that Microsoft is imposing the unpopular hardware floor “to keep devices more productive, have a better experience, and most importantly, provide better security than before so they can stay safe in this new workforce.”
Although Carley admitted that the situation was “bad” for affected users, Carley doubled the inflexibility of the hardware in response to a later question, saying, “Group Policy will not allow you to bypass hardware enforcement for Windows 11. We are still “will prevent you from updating your device … to make sure your devices are supported and kept safe.”
Unsurprisingly, these answers didn’t go down well with audiences – according to Windows Central, the video’s top comment was, “A lot of these answers are super deaf … it looks like Windows 11 will be just another Windows 8.” Others Comments – again according to Windows Central – speculated that the seemingly unnecessary hardware requirements are a thinly disguised ploy to drive sales of new computers, with a corresponding boost to Windows license sales.
Unfortunately, we have to rely on the opinion of users in the Microsoft Tech Community as Microsoft simply turned off the comments on the video and deleted any existing comments in response to the negativity. Although the comments are gone, the voting isn’t – with 2.7K dislikes and only 146 dislikes by this afternoon.
In our opinion, Microsoft’s onslaught of new hardware requirements is overly aggressive and poorly handled regardless of what someone might think of the legitimacy of their unspecified security benefits. A much softer “Made for Windows 11” campaign – which requires OEM hardware vendors to meet these requirements on new, OEM-installed Windows systems – would likely have been enough to achieve the same goals in roughly the same timeframe.
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