The company only plans to make the new OS available to eligible new devices — as in shiny new machines that house the latest in hardware technologies.
At the same time, Redmond has locked down the insane system requirements for its latest operating system. Minimum hardware that is officially supported for Windows 11 starts with select 7th generation Intel Core chips and all 8th generation processors and up, as well as the newer AMD affairs.
And then there is something called TPM 2.0, which is here as a new mountain to climb for users.
All in the name of security.
But there is also something equally important called stability.
And this is exactly what the company has warned users of. Microsoft says that while force installing Windows 11 on a device that is not officially supported is possible, it opens up the possibility of an increased likelihood of bugs on these systems. More so, as no new drivers are released.
This is how Redmond recently explained this as:
“From Windows Insider machines, those that did not meet the minimum system requirements had 52% more kernel mode crashes (blue screens) than those that did meet the requirements. Machines that met the requirements provided a 99.8% crash-free experience that is effectively managed by OEMs and IHVs through modern driver update management. Additionally, on unsupported hardware app hangs are 17% more likely and for first-party apps we see 43% more crashes.”
The more adventurous among you will opine that the OS runs perfectly fine on your older hardware. And the fact that it does makes it worth the hassle of deploying Windows 11.
However, there is no guarantee that the new operating system will continue running as it does in this initial honeymoon phase after launch.
Risk is your own, Microsoft says.