You would probably be aware that there are quite a few methods available that allow users to install Windows 11 on PCs that do not meet the necessary requirements. A new version of Rufus, the popular bootable media creation tool, has recently been released which will automatically bypass certain requirements when creating Windows 11 bootable media.
The comparatively newer multi-boot tool Ventoy has also released a method whereby Windows 11 requirements can be bypassed, although it does involve a somewhat complicated procedure. Then there are the numerous publications across the web detailing registry hacks to overcome requirements.
There have also been many warnings from Microsoft that the company would not provide updates for Windows 11 installed on PCs that do not meet requirements. However, reports are coming in from users that they are still receiving updates even when their PCs do not meet requirements.
The question is — while these requirement bypass methods and Windows Update appear to be working at this point in time, will Microsoft eventually stick to its guns and no longer honor these installations? Bearing in mind that Microsoft has consistently stood by its harsh requirements and repeatedly warned that Windows 11 installations on unsupported PCs will not receive any updates.
Remembering Update KB4023057
I can’t help thinking of update KB4023057 which Microsoft released regularly and often to reverse measures taken by users to block or control Windows Updates. No doubt Microsoft has the means to continue checking requirements for Windows 11 installations on unsupported PCs and maybe, just maybe, will eventually deprecate these installations in some way. Possible ramifications include:
- De-activating installations that do not meet requirements… or
- Not supporting these installations with Windows updates… or
I don’t have a crystal ball, of course, and can only suggest that installing Windows 11 on PCs that do not meet requirements is a risky business. If Microsoft does indeed decide to take action against these installations, there is no going back to Windows 10 and users might well be stuck with a partially functioning Windows 11.
My advice for users running PCs that do not meet Windows 11 requirements would be to stick with Windows 10 for now and wait and see what happens. And, if you simply can’t wait and want to install Windows 11 now, please create a full system image backup of your existing Windows 10 installation beforehand.