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Windows 11 can still be installed on older PCs and laptops

Maarten Grooff Maarten Grooff
Windows 11 can still be installed on older PCs and laptops

You do not have to get rid of the old PC or laptop that does not meet Microsoft's requirements for the installation of Windows 11. The upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will not happen automatically via Windows Update, this upgrade will have to be performed manually.


Microsoft continues to adhere to the specific technical requirements that they impose on a PC or laptop for the upgrade from Windows 10 to the new Windows 11 version. The tech giant recently issued an explanation about these requirements in a statement, which has been met with much opposition.

According to Microsoft, the basic requirements for Windows 11 are at least 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, TPM 2.0, Secure Boot and an Intel Core processor of the 8th generation or higher, a Zen2 or newer AMD processor or a common Qualcomm SoC. The list of compatible processors has now been further expanded to include Intel's Core X series and Xeon W series processors plus a dedicated 7th generation i7 processor for Microsoft's own Surface 2 laptop.

Alternative installation option

However, what Microsoft does not say, but does informally admit, is that these requirements only apply to an update from Windows 10 to Windows 11 via Windows Update. When the upgrade process is done manually, Windows 11 is also compatible with systems that do not meet the requirements. This applies when users are in the Windows Insider program or manually updating from an official ISO file or using Microsoft's Media Creation tool.

With these updates, no hardware check is performed and the specifications of the PC or laptop are not examined, so no update is blocked. The disadvantage of this loophole is that Windows 11 is not supported by Microsoft and there are no security patches and other software updates available.

PC Health Check application renewed

Microsoft has improved its PC Health Check application. This application makes it easier for users to determine whether their system is suitable for Windows 11. The official release of Windows 11 is expected at the end of the year.

Source: Techzine

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