Microsoft to allow Windows 11 to be installed on older PCs through ISOs, but they might not get updates

Published: 28th Aug 2021, 08:32 GMT   Comments

Microsoft will allow Windows 11 to be installed on older systems through ISO

According to The Verge, Microsoft is now leaning towards allowing millions of consumer and corporate PCs to be upgraded to Windows 11, despite previously announced hardware limitations.  

The Windows 11 will now require a 64-bit processor with at least a 1 GHz clock rate, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. Those are the absolute minimum requirements for Windows 11 to be installed. This means that Windows 11 installation could be bypassed but only when manually installing Windows through ISO, rather than upgrading through the Windows Update tool.

The automatic update will not be possible for officially unsupported hardware. The Verge also claims that Microsoft has updated their initial statement by adding that ISO installations may lack support for Windows Update altogether, which would be a major drawback. Consumers ‘evaluating’ Windows 11 experience on unsupported hardware would not receive both the securities as well as hardware updates, which for Microsoft’s own sake does not make much sense.

Update to official compatibility list: Intel Core-X added, AMD Zen1 not included

Microsoft clarified that after carefully analyzing the performance and compatibility of AMD Zen1 architecture, they concluded that Ryzen 1000 series will not be included in the official support list. At the same time, Microsoft adds support for Core-X and Xeon-W series, but also Core 7820HQ which is used by Surface Studio 2.

The company outlined the requirements for a crash-free experience. Devices supporting Windows 11 must have a 99.8% of crash-free experience, the company clarified in an official blog post.

ASUS adds Windows 11 support for Intel Kaby Lake and Skylake through Intel 200 motherboard series update with TPM

TechSpot reports that ASUS is now rolling out updates for Intel Z270, H270 and B250 motherboards with support for Windows 11. The BIOS update comes with TPM enablement for these motherboards, despite Skylake (6th Gen Core) and Kaby Lake (7th Gen Core) officially not being on the list of supported processor series for Windows 11.

“The following motherboards are compatible with Windows 11 under current testing. The upgrability [sic] is subject to the support from operation system or 3rd party drivers availability.”

— ASUS via TechSpot

What this means is that Microsoft could support those processors if they wanted to (as long as the motherboard supports TPM/SecureBoot). However, that processor may still not align with Microsoft’s reliability requirements. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not share its internal Windows 11 compatibility testing results.

Source: Microsoft via The Verge,TechSpot

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