Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC

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Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC

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  • One of the most significant sticking points with Windows 11 is the strict system requirements. However, Microsoft has just announced that any PC can install the Windows 11 ISO, opening up the new OS to just about anyone who wants to install it.
  • Windows 11 Running on Older PCs
  • Microsoft might withhold updates from computers running older hardware, so while you might be able to install Windows 11, security could be an issue. Even driver updates may be withheld when older PCs install Windows 11.
    Microsoft is mostly sticking to the original Windows 11 system requirements, though the company did add a few more processors to the list of supported models. However, the firm told The Verge that it would only enforce restrictions when upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11—a fresh installation with a Windows 11 ISO would have no such restrictions.
    Of course, there’s no guarantee that Windows 11 will run well on older PCs since Microsoft is optimizing it for newer, more powerful computers. However, at least you’ll be able to try for yourself to see whether it’ll work. Microsoft also said it intends for this workaround to be used by businesses that wanted to evaluate Windows 11, not so much by regular users. The company doesn’t even plan to advertise this method to consumers.

    You’ll still need to have a 64-bit 1GHz processor with two or more cores, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage to even think about running Windows 11, but at least your PC won’t have to fall into Microsoft’s stricter list of supported CPUs.
    Of course, many more casual PC users will run the Windows 11 upgrade process, be told they can’t install the OS, and never think about downloading an ISO to install Windows 11. But for those willing to go through that extra layer, it’s nice to see that Microsoft has backed off and relaxed its stance.
  • Other Processors Getting Full Windows 11 Approval
  • Microsoft also announced that some other processors are getting Windows 11 support. There’s the Intel Core X-series, Xeon W-series, and select devices running the Intel Core 7820HQ chips. While these aren’t a ton of new processors, any additional computers getting the easy Windows 11 upgrade path is a good thing.
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    Re: Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC

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    This is An Interesting Development Something That Was Unexpected From Microsoft Is This A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing?
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      Re: Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC

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      This is just the tiniest step - good that MS is at least letting anyone install without patching, but most existing users that still daily-drive the "old" hardware will want to do an upgrade install, rendering these changes null. This CPU list crap was pointless to begin with, I've been using a 6th-gen i7 laptop daily for a couple months now, and it runs Win11 great.

      Also, what about TPM and secure boot? I'll have to try the unpatched ISO on my Core 2 Duo laptop I've had 11 running on in the past.
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      Re: Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC

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      Microsoft had already allowed but did not recommend installing Windows 11 on unsupported (Intel pre-Gen 8 or AMD pre-Zen 2) PCs, hence why it said "this PC does not meet system requirements" upon installation on unsupported PCs.

      Microsoft even had official methods (one was with regedit) to bypass the TPM (2.0) check, but that had worked only on PCs with TPM 1.2.

      To be honest, MS is doing this to increase the usage of Windows 11, which only reached 15% market share (meanwhile the predecessor, Windows 10, boosted up to ~75% despite being on extended support period)

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      Re: (Breaking News) Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC

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      How is that breaking news? Didn't they literally state that over a year ago?
      AlphaBeta, stop brainwashing me immediately!

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      Re: (Breaking News) Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC

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      10 and 11 biggest spyware OS-es in history
      no thanks lol

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      Re: Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC

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      windows 11 is pretty good accept for that one very fatel design flaw with tpm 2.0 on which makes it pretty much impossible to get it installed on anything newer than 2019 not even my old laptop can handle it and I definitely would reccomend anything past at least 2018 to install it on for best compatibility with the os and it features
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      Re: (Breaking News) Microsoft Backs Down: Windows 11 Will Run on Any PC

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      AlphaBeta wrote:
      Fri Nov 11, 2022 10:56 pm
      How is that breaking news? Didn't they literally state that over a year ago?
      That's also my question...

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