Windows 11 is officially out – you can read our Windows 11 review to see what’s new – and one of the most notable things about this update is that it is only supported on responding PCs. to strict Microsoft requirements. Microsoft has previously warned that if you install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware, you do so at your own risk and you will miss Windows 11 updates for that device.
Microsoft is making this message even more direct. As TechRadar reports, the Redmond-based software giant has turned to a pop-up warning in Windows 11 that details what can happen if a user decides to install the update on unsupported hardware. He also reiterates that there will be no updates for the operating system.
The pop-up warns of possible compatibility issues on older hardware and how Windows 11 will not receive updates on these devices. The warning also states that potential damage to your PC is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
A Windows Latest report points to a Microsoft support document that warns, “Your device may malfunction due to these or other compatibility issues.” Devices that do not meet these system requirements will no longer be guaranteed to receive updates, including, but not limited to, security updates.
There are ways around Windows 11 requirements, especially TPM 2.0 support. However, we strongly recommend that you do not install or update to Windows 11 if your PC does not meet the requirements.
As we said during the review of Windows 11, there is no need to update at this time. After spending a lot of time with Windows 11 on the Surface Pro 8, I certainly echo this verdict. Windows 11 delivers a smooth experience, but it’s not a revolutionary leap forward.
While it’s fun to be an early user, there’s no need to put your PC at risk for something that, right now, isn’t completely necessary. It’s best to stick with Windows 10 until you have hardware that supports the new operating system.
If you are interested in a (safe) update to Windows 11, go to Microsoft Window 11 page to download the latest PC Health Check app. The app will scan your PC and tell you if your PC meets Windows 11 requirements.
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