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Unsupported Windows 11 PCs Receive Updates After All

Windows 11 has just received its first update, and while it does pose some issues, it does bring some silver lining to users with unsupported hardware. Contrary to what Microsoft suggested before launch, unsupported Windows 11 installations will receive driver and security updates, or at least some of them.

On launch day, Microsoft suggested that unsupported Windows 11 installations would not receive critical security updates. Microsoft has never been fully committed one way or the other. Instead, we only heard vague notions about whether unsupported users would be entitled to updates or whether they would be guaranteed.

Windows 11 update page.

Given Microsoft’s efforts to meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 – and a frightening hesitation over unsupported installations – we could only assume that unsupported users would not receive updates. Imagine my surprise, then, when I started my Dell XPS 15 with the unsupported Core i7-7700HQ and installed the security, driver and .NET framework updates just like on any other Windows computer 11.

It looks like unsupported Windows 11 installations will receive updates, at least for now. Microsoft’s vague approach suggests that this is not a constant; future updates may only arrive on supported devices, but we’re not sure at this point. For now, however, you can install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware and download the first big patch.

Microsoft made a lot of noise when it announced the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. The operating system requires at least an 8th Generation Ryzen 2000 or Intel processor, as well as TPM 2.0, UEFI Secure Boot, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The Windows team offered a way to upgrade to unsupported users, but it originally appeared to be a temporary fix – a solution Microsoft actively discouraged due to the lack of updates.

It seems that worrying has been pointless. I was able to install the first Windows 11 patch on an unsupported system and based on a report from HTNovo others may install it as well.

This does not mean that unsupported users will receive every update, however. We can only suspect that Microsoft has warned users of the updates for a reason – future fixes might not arrive on unsupported Windows 11 machines. For now, however, everything is working as it should, even on unsupported hardware.

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