Users find Microsoft pushing Windows 11 to unsupported devices

The device installation requirements for Windows 11 are a bit high, as Microsoft has been telling everyone from the beginning. Recently, we reported on Windows 11 will auto-update version 21H2 users to 22H2. However, according to reports from Windows Central and some users’ experiences, Microsoft’s push for Windows 11 seems to be a bit aggressive, as even some computers or virtual machines with very low specifications have received upgrade notifications.

Twitter user @PhantomOfEarth‘s virtual machine has only 2GB of RAM and lacks key TPM support. This virtual machine has Windows 10 22H2 installed and received a notification from Microsoft indicating that the device can be upgraded to Windows 11 for free. However, as can be seen from the computer health check on the right side of the picture, this computer does not meet several requirements.

Meanwhile, in a related discussion on Reddit, a user named motionbot said their school computer also received this notification. Motionbot said that the computer has only a CPU with a clock speed of 1.12GHz and 2GB DDR3 RAM, but it can barely run Windows 10.

So if you can receive the upgrade notification, can you actually upgrade? @PhantomOfEarth also tried it out and found that although there is a notification, it is actually impossible to install.

Of course, there are still many ways to install Windows 11 on unsupported devices, but it is strange for Microsoft to directly push upgrade notifications like this. As of now, Microsoft has not explained why this notification appeared. However, in my personal opinion, due to the close relationship between Windows 11 and Windows 10, and the upgrade service may only slightly judge the system of the device without further identifying specific configurations, this may lead to such incidents.