Windows 11 has been available for over a year. Now that the 22H2 update has fixed some (but not all) of its issues, Microsoft is starting to get pushy about upgrading – even on PCs that can’t run Windows 11.
Microsoft began rolling out more aggressive upgrade warnings on Windows 10 PCs earlier this year, with full-screen messages urging users to upgrade to Windows 11, often obscuring the cancel/exit button. However, according to reports on social media, this notification appears on PCs that are not even officially compatible with Windows 11.
A thread on the Windows 11 Reddit has many reports of the issue. A Reddit user called“I have Windows 10 on an i7-4770 and no TPM and it prompts me to upgrade to Windows 11,” while another person called Your PC with only 2GB of RAM that “barely can run Windows 10” got the message. Another person on Twitter said the message appeared on their laptop without a TPM chip and a 4th Gen Intel processor.
Is a free Windows 11 upgrade offered for unsupported Windows 10 devices/VMs?
Screenshots of a Windows 10 22H2 VM not meeting the Windows 11 system requirements, the big ones being TPM (none) and RAM (2GB). pic.twitter.com/VNNswgMLiC
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Microsoft’s official system requirements for Windows 11 require an 8th Gen Intel CPU (or AMD Ryzen 2000) or newer, at least 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage and TPM 2.0. While it is possible to bypass some of these requirements, Microsoft does not recommend doing so, making it stranger for the pop-ups to appear on older PCs. The installation process still seems to fail, but not before downloading the update.
The update notifications may seem like an unintended introduction, but we’ve reached out to Microsoft to check, and we’ll update this article if (or if) we get any feedback.
Source: RedditTwitter (@druzzyaka, @PhantomOfEarth)
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