I hasten to add, this only applies to older PCs.
Last week I received a somewhat troubling email from Dell announcing that the major PC vendor would only be providing Windows 11 compatible drivers for a selection of newer models. The email included a link whereby users could visit a webpage and check through the list of Dell models that are set to receive Windows 11 compatible driver updates. In Dell’s words:
If your device is not listed, Dell is not testing the device and drivers will not be upgraded for that model ~ source
Check out the list: Dell computers tested for upgrade to Windows 11.
I researched release dates for several of the earliest models in the list and they were only 1- 2 years old, giving the impression that Dell is not interested in providing Windows 11 compatible drivers for any models more than a couple of years old. This, in my opinion, is an alarming revelation. Many newer PCs are already unable to upgrade to Windows 11 due to the harsh requirements and, if manufacturers are not going to support updated drivers for relatively new PCs as well, those numbers are sure to increase.
Of course, this only affects Dell PCs at the moment but I would not be at all surprised if many other major brands followed suit. It’s been theorized many times over that Microsoft’s harsh requirements for Windows 11 are specifically designed to help boost new PC sales and Dell’s announcement certainly appears to add fuel to that particular fire. When trying to make sense of it all, it seems the only logical conclusion.
Now we wait and see whether or not other manufacturers follow in Dell’s footsteps. I’ve got a lazy $100 says it is more likely than not. 🙂