Microsoft claims that it is all about security.
During a recent Ask Microsoft Anything session, the team confirmed that if a device is not fully compatible with Windows 11, it will not be offered the option to download it through Windows Update. Will the enthusiast community, however, find a workaround?
Microsoft’s Aria Carley stated that while it is unfortunate that some systems will not be eligible for Windows 11, it is necessary to ensure that compatible devices are more productive, have a better experience, and have better security.
Microsoft has outlined a very specific set of hardware requirements that will be required to run Windows 11. You will, specifically, require Trusted Platform Module 2.0, which you can learn more about in our feature here.
Microsoft will be able to determine (in the background) if a system is capable of running Windows 11. If it isn’t, it will never even be offered the opportunity to download the install files.
Furthermore, Carley stated that changing a group policy will not allow users to circumvent Windows 11 hardware enforcement. “We will continue to prevent you from upgrading your device to an unsupported state because we want to ensure that your devices remain supported and secure,” she added.
Regardless of Microsoft’s best efforts, it’s entirely possible that enthusiasts will find a way around Windows 11’s requirements. I wouldn’t throw out your slightly outdated hardware just yet.