Unlike any other older verison of Windows, Windows 11 has a very strict set of minimum requirements that preclude many older and even modern PCs from installing Windows 11.
However, a recent issue is causing Windows 11 to be offered to unsupported PCs. So similar to supported PCs that are running Windows 10, an update pop-up was offered to unsupported PCs as well.
As expected tho, the upgrade failed to install when users followed the on-screen instructions offered by the upgrade prompt.
Froggypwns, one of the moderators of the Windows 11 subreddit stated that “If you attempt to upgrade, you will still be met with an error that your PC does not meet the requirements.”
You will be surprised to know that even a school computer was offered the update despite having 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1.12 GHz CPU, and barely being able to run Windows 10.
For those unaware the minimum system requirements for running Windows 11 are,
- CPU: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB of larger
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
- Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel
- Internet: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use.
Despite Microsoft’s push toward Windows 11 this entire situation seems to be unintentional.
As even after the backlash from users, Microsoft strictly stated that TPM 2.0 is one of the minimum requirements for running Windows 11.