Windows 11: Microsoft Grants and Releases Update on “Old” PCs | Applications and Software

THE Microsoft announced this Friday (27) that it will not prevent users from installing the Windows 11 on PCs with “old” processors. However, the update cannot be performed in the most practical and secure way — that is, through Windows Update. Interested parties should download the ISO file and install it manually.


PC running Windows 11 (Image: Disclosure / Microsoft)

At the time of the official presentation of Windows 11, Microsoft revealed the minimum requirements for a machine to support the installation of the system. As far as processors are concerned, the company has limited compatibility to “old” chips.

Initially the restriction was to AMD and Intel processors released before 2017, as shown by the Techblog in a compiled.

Later, Microsoft hinted that it could open support for 7th-generation Core i3, i5, and i7 chips, in addition to AMD Zen 1. Still, the limitation sparked controversy among users who weren’t willing to change their hardware to use the new system. .

Loophole allowed to install Windows 11 unofficially

Of course, shortly after the release of the Windows 11 preview for Insiders, alternative methods for installing the system on non-compatible PCs were found. The procedures, however, are at the user’s own risk.

One of them, the simplest, requires you to download a script to make your PC join the test program’s Dev channel. The other uses Registry Editor, but requires a Microsoft account — which was risky as you could end up being banned from the Dev channel on Windows Insider.

Today, Microsoft confirmed that if you don’t have a PC with a compatible processor, but that meets the other minimum requirements, you can still update Windows to the new version. However, not everything is flower: the installation must be done manually, through the ISO, since it will not arrive through Windows Update, and it is recommended only for companies, as a form of evaluation.

This is a way that Microsoft found to make the system transition difficult on computers that have chips that it considers outdated, avoiding problems with driver compatibility, among other possible bugs.

According to a company report, “Devices that do not meet the minimum system requirements had 52% more failures in kernel mode”, while “devices that meet the minimum system requirements had a 99.8% crash-free experience” .

The company decided, however, to increase the list of compatible processors, including support for Intel Core X and Xeon W series, in addition to some models with Intel Core i7-7820HQ. The bad news is for users of the first generation of AMD Zen 1 processors, as no models have been added.

“After carefully reviewing the first generation of AMD Zen processors in partnership with AMD, we have together concluded that there are no additions to the list of supported processors,” says the company.

Updated PC Health Check

Microsoft also took the opportunity to announce that its tool that checks PC compatibility with Windows 11 has been updated, and is available first to Insiders. According to the company, the new version brings “more complete and improved” messages and links to relevant support articles that can help in fixing problems. The software should be released to everyone “in the coming weeks”.


PC Health Check will be updated by Microsoft (Image: Reproduction)

Despite the release of ISO installation for PCs with “old” chips, the tool will accuse that the computer does not meet all the requirements if the processor used is not on the list of elected by Microsoft.

Thus, although there is, in theory, an impediment to the installation, it is possible that most users with little knowledge about the system will end up being forced to change computers — or to maintain Windows 10.

“For those who are using a PC that doesn’t upgrade and aren’t ready to transition to a new device, Windows 10 is the right choice. We will support Windows 10 through October 14, 2025, and we recently announced that the next feature update for Windows 10 is coming later this year. Whatever you decide, we are committed to supporting you and offering options on your computing journey.”

Microsoft, in an official blog post

With information: Microsoft, The Verge

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