Microsoft once again emphasized that Windows 11 will not support old devices
We know that the hardware requirements of the Windows 11 system have undergone major changes compared with previous versions, especially the device must include a supported security chip.
If the security chip version is low or there is no security chip support directly, Microsoft will refuse users to install and run Windows 11 on the device.
At the same time, Microsoft also requires that the processor used by the device must be a compatible processor. For example, only Intel’s 8th generation Core, Pentium, and Atom processors are currently supported.
This has directly caused hundreds of millions of old devices around the world to be unable to upgrade to use the Windows 11 system, but even so, Microsoft has decided to abandon these users directly.
At present, new motherboards or laptops launched by equipment manufacturers will come with a security chip, which can store and run the trust chain as an independent module.
Microsoft recently stated in a commercial enterprise deployment tool question and answer that the company knows that old devices cannot be upgraded to Windows 11, which is very bad for many users.
But it needs to be remembered that the reason for this is to make the device more productive and to ensure that the user can get a safer state than ever before.
Microsoft emphasizes that any device that does not meet the Windows 11 hardware requirements will be blocked from installation or upgrade.
The company believes that the advance announcement of hardware requirements and related technical documents and prompts in the system update are to let users know in advance that they cannot be upgraded.
In this way, users and enterprise administrators know that the device cannot install Windows 11 before the deployment upgrade, so there is no need to waste time downloading and deploying.
At this stage, Microsoft is testing the Windows 11 system, and users who are willing to participate in the test can bypass the restrictions added by Microsoft by modifying the registry.
That is, if the hardware does not support it, you can also bypass the security chip and other restrictive measures to upgrade the Windows 11 beta version, but this is limited to the current early testing stage.
After the official version of Windows 11 is released, Microsoft will delete these registry options, and will not provide group policies to bypass hardware restrictions such as security chips.
This means that all devices with unsupported hardware will not be able to upgrade to the official version of Windows 11, and users can only reinstall Windows 10 and so on.