The Inconvenient Truth About Windows 11

The Inconvenient Truth About Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with good features, but there is also an inconvenient truth.

Complete essays are circulating about hardware requirements to upgrade from Windows 10 to 11. The new operating system will be available on October 5. However, with the official launch of the new operating system, it has become a problem for many potential early adopters.

Inconvenient Truth Windows 11

Website The Verge has reported that Microsoft “will not block you from installing Windows 11 on a PC with an older CPU”. Only if you do this with a clean install from an ISO disk image. Meanwhile, Bleeping Computer reported that the Trusted Platform Module 2 (TPM2) requirement could be circumvented. This can be done using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

This is good news for those of us who want to switch quickly. The bad news is that two publications have reported something. Namely that Microsoft says that such ‘unsupported PCs’ cannot access Windows Update. This, in turn, could mean that both automatic drivers and security updates could be off the table.

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Could this mean that users of these unsupported Windows 11 installations can manually get security updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog source? Forbes has asked Microsoft about this, but so far no answer has been received. And that doesn’t bode well.

After several hours, a Microsoft spokesperson finally gave the official answer: “Microsoft will have more to say at a later date.” Sean Hollister, writing for The Verge, said: “Microsoft declined to provide further clarification at this time. Which suggests the company is very happy that we assume this is a real threat.”

“The idea, or the rumor, that Microsoft will allow you to install Windows 11. But doing so in a configuration not supported by security patches is reckless and irresponsible.” Says Ian Thornton-Trump, chief information security officer at Threat Intelligence specialists Cyjax. “If Windows 11 cannot or will not be supported, it may not be licensed or installed.” He concludes, “safety and security should be a priority, not an optional accessory.”