The Home windows 11 setup warns that you’re not “licensed” to obtain updates on unsupported PCs


Enlarge / Microsoft will allow Windows 11 to be installed on some unsupported systems, but you would really prefer it.

Officially, running Windows 11 requires a newer PC that meets all of the performance and security requirements of the operating system. Unofficially, it will be possible to run Windows 11 without meeting these requirements, but we don’t know much about the details yet – how difficult it will be to install Windows 11 on these computers, how often they will remind you that you are run unsupported hardware and even whether they are receiving normal Windows security updates.

The Verge has discovered what appears to be a new warning message in the Windows 11 Setup app that specifically warns users of the dangers of installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware – you may encounter “compatibility issues”, your PC is “not eligible for updates” . , “and that” damage to your PC due to incompatibility is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. “That’s all we’ve heard from Microsoft, but it’s the first time this policy has been observed during the Windows 11 setup process and does not appear in media reports.As soon as you click your way through this ominous warning message, the installation of Windows 11 appears to be allowed to proceed.

I’ve tried rebuilding this screen on several unsupported Windows 10 systems of different vintages and failed, both with builds downloaded through the Insider Program and installations straight from a manually downloaded Windows 11 – ISO file. I also haven’t seen any firsthand reports about it outside of the Verge report. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen – Microsoft keeps handing out different updates to different groups of people at different times – just that I can only speculate about when you will actually see this message and what it means.


I suspect that it is ultimately intended to replace another screen that is currently shown when trying to manually install Windows on an unsupported system that completely blocks the upgrade when you run out of processor, TPM, or Windows 11 does not meet Secure Boot requirements. The only way to bypass this screen and proceed with the installation for recent builds of Windows 11 is to make some registry changes that will disable the system checks. This new screen would keep the verifications and allow users to perform the kind of manual, officially unsupported installations that the company reluctantly allowed.

The setup screen that is currently blocking Windows 11 installation on unsupported systems.

The setup screen that is currently blocking Windows 11 installation on unsupported systems.

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Officially supported or not, there are many PCs released between 2015 and 2017 that should run Windows 11 more or less reliably than officially supported systems. The sixth and seventh generation Intel Core processors and the first generation AMD Ryzen processors are still receiving modern driver updates from Intel and AMD, one of the key factors Microsoft cites when it comes to the stability of Windows 11 newer computers goes. These PCs also remain perfect for almost any modern PC workload aside from high-end gaming or video editing, things that actually benefit from newer CPUs and GPUs with more cores and higher clock speeds.

We’ll cover what it’s like to run Windows 11 on unsupported systems as part of our OS review so that enthusiasts and testers at least have an idea of ​​what they’re getting into. Windows 11 will officially be released on October 5th. An updated version of Microsoft’s PC Health Check app that was recently released can tell you more about whether your system meets the Windows 11 requirements and what (if anything) you can do to fix it.

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