An emotional few weeks end with a happy end. Microsoft has changed its mind and will allow Windows 11 to be installed on older computers.
There’s no shortage of controversy surrounding the changes to Windows 11 – I just wrote about the lack of intent to respond to negative user comments about the taskbar – but the biggest point of contention has been the system’s requirements. For weeks Microsoft maintained the position it shared during the Windows 11 presentation – the system required an 8th generation Intel processor, AMD Ryzen 2000 or Snapdragon 845. This meant that even Microsoft’s machine, the Surface Studio 2, would not receive the Windows 11 upgrade, which in light of the lack of a newer generation and the price of the hardware sounded rather absurd.
Microsoft expands the list of processors compatible with Windows 11
However, the change of decision means that selected 7th generation Xeon X and Core X chips will be supported by Windows 11. As a result, owners of computers with these processors will be able to wait for the update to eleven and also install the system manually. Until now, such a solution – installing the system from the carrier – was also to be blocked by Microsoft on incompatible hardware so that users would not encounter bugs and problems that would affect their opinion of Windows 11.
Microsoft won’t block Windows 11 installation on any PC
Microsoft has yielded in this aspect as well – there will be no blocking because instead a message about possible problems in the work of the system will be displayed. The warning, however, will not make any functions or services top-down disabled or deactivated. Moreover, such a system will probably not receive updates in the future.
This is a really important change that ensures that Windows 11 will not be significantly different from its predecessors in terms of compatibility. The big controversy surrounding the restrictions will soon dissipate, but you can expect a lot of discussion about whether such freedom should be offered. On the one hand, the decision should be up to the users, but we know that they are not always fully aware of the risks and potential problems that installing an operating system on a non-compliant machine may entail.
Windows 11 beta tests are going rather smoothly
My experience with Windows 11 isn’t perfect, but having had adventures with the beta versions of Windows 7, 8, and 10, I get the impression that the current tests are running smoothly. I haven’t installed the system on my main computer, but I work on Windows 11 almost every day regularly checking the news and verifying Microsoft’s promises. I haven’t experienced any serious problems, because major shortcomings, such as restarting Windows Explorer, are eliminated quite quickly.
In addition, Windows 11 in the beta version gives the impression of a stable and efficient system, and by autumn – the official release – the situation should be even better. Recently Microsoft recommended users to change the channel from developer to beta because the former will be used to test the next year’s major update, which will bring a lot of new features and changes. This increases the chances of bugs and problems that have not been present so far.
Windows 11 is in beta probably until October
Windows 11 is still available for pre-release tests and these will probably last until October. Microsoft has not yet revealed the official date of release, but more and more people are talking about the opening month of the fourth quarter.