As Windows 11 approaches its one year anniversary, it’s perhaps easy to forget that it had one of the roughest launches in the operating system’s long history. This was mostly due to how strict its minimum requirements were, which meant many Windows 10 users with perfectly good PCs suddenly weren’t able to get Microsoft’s latest and greatest OS.
However, earlier this week a number of Windows 10 users suddenly began getting notified that they were able to update their PCs to Windows 11. For context, Windows 11’s minimum system requirements needs your PC to be running at least AMD Zen+ or 8th Gen Intel processors and newer, along with TPM 2.0 and SecureBoot enabled. These users who reported suddenly getting support for Windows 11 though were using older silicon, such as 7th generation Kaby Lake Intel processors.
For what it’s worth, it should be noted that these users running Windows 10 and getting Windows 11 update notifications were those part of the Windows Insiders program. The likely cause of this bug is Windows 11 22H2, the next big update for Windows 11.
Microsoft begun rolling out Windows 11 22H2 to the Windows 11 Release Preview Channel, the last beta channel before it goes live. However, it seems as though they may have accidentally opened it to Windows Insiders users running Windows 10 in the Release Preview channel too. The Windows Insider’s Twitter account have since confirmed that it is a bug, and that the system requirements for Windows 11 has not changed.
If you’re one of these Windows Insider users who got the Windows 11 update while on unsupported PCs, you will be able to roll back down to Windows 10 within 10 days. It’s not like you’d want to run Windows 11 on an unsupported system either as this means you won’t be getting security updates from Microsoft.
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