Users still get the Cumulative Updates on unsupported Windows 11 PCs
When Microsoft announced the minimum hardware requirements at the Windows 11 conference, it caused a huge controversy. Although the controversy was loud, Microsoft’s attitude was very tough.
As a result, Microsoft successively published three official blogs expounding the huge improvement in security when Windows 11 is used on devices that support the Trusted Platform Module.
In these discussions, Microsoft did not lower the hardware requirements of the Windows 11 system, so that now the trusted platform module and processor are still the barriers to installation.
At the same time, Microsoft also mentioned that when the official version of Windows 11 is released, unsupported devices that install the development version may be forced to reinstall the old version of the system.
But to be honest, at present, Microsoft’s implementation of the minimum hardware requirements is not strict, so that the minimum hardware requirements have actually existed in name.
Prior to this, Microsoft has modified the Windows 11 installation detection program. First, the installation detection program will still detect whether the device hardware meets the minimum requirements of the system.
If it is not satisfied, the user will be reminded not to install, but if the user insists on installing, they only need to click to sign the Microsoft risk agreement and then install.
In the agreement, Microsoft warned users that if they install Windows 11 on unsupported devices, they may not be able to get subsequent version updates or even security updates.
At the same time, system failures, equipment failures, or even hardware damage may be caused, and continued installation means that all the above risks are recognized and agreed to by the user.
In other words, now users do not need to modify the registry or DLL files, and can completely agree to the agreement to upgrade Windows 11 on any device.
The inability to obtain security updates is also one of Microsoft’s warnings. From a security perspective, the inability to obtain monthly security updates may indeed cause hidden dangers. But Microsoft released the first routine security update to the official version of Windows 11.
As before, these security updates are automatically detected, downloaded, and installed. After the system is installed, a notification will pop up asking the user to restart to complete the installation.
That is to say, from the current situation, if you install Windows 11 on unsupported devices, the follow-up update problem has been solved, and there is no need to worry about not being patched.
According to the director of the Windows Insider team, forcing the installation of Windows 11 on unsupported devices may not receive subsequent security updates.
This statement is actually very interesting. The current development channel does not receive security updates, but the development channel currently maintains a weekly change frequency.
In other words, some security updates may have been directly integrated into the system and not released separately, and some security updates can actually be automatically detected and installed.
Of course, the most important thing is that users who continue to use the development version have not been kicked out of the development channel.
Even daily updates such as WSL, .NET Framework version updates, Microsoft Defender virus updates, and other definition updates are normal.