It seems that Microsoft is finally backing down, as it announced that Windows 11 will run on any computer.
One of the highlights of the highly anticipated Windows 11 are the strict minimum system requirements. However, Microsoft has just announced in The Verge that any computer will be able to install Windows 11 ISO, opening the new operating system to "almost" anyone who wants to install it.
Windows 11 also runs on older computers
Microsoft has so far insisted on its initial minimum requirements of Windows 11, though added a few more processors in the list of supported models. However, it seems that after the pressure he received, he announced that he will impose restrictions only when upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11. In new installations with Windows 11 ISO there will be no such restrictions.
Of course, there is no guarantee that Windows 11 will work well on older computers, as Microsoft has been optimizing them for newer and more powerful computers all this time. However you will be able to test it yourself to see if it will work or not. In our virtual, however, with very low resources, so far work fine.
Microsoft says this official installation solution is primarily designed for businesses that value Windows 11 and that ordinary users will be able to upgrade at their own risk, as the company can not guarantee the compatibility of drivers and the overall reliability of the system. The company does not even plan to advertise this method to consumers.
You probably need to have at least a 64-bit processor with two or more cores, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage to start thinking about installing Windows 11, but at least your computer will not need to be on the list of supported CPU or have TPM 2.0 chip.
Most ordinary users who try to run the Windows 11 upgrade process, and do not meet the minimum requirements, will see the message that they can not install the operating system and will never consider getting an ISO. But for those who are willing to go beyond that extra level, Microsoft has stepped back and relaxed.
Microsoft also announced that other processors have received support for Windows 11. The official list now includes the Intel Core X series, Xeon W-series and selected devices running Intel Core 7820HQ chips.
Finally, Microsoft now plans to update the PC Health Check app ( a preview is available here - but requires registration in the Insiders program) to include the new Intel processors and provide much greater clarity as to why your computer may not be able to be officially upgraded.