Microsoft seems to be doing their “don’t worry” but really “worry” when if comes to their Windows 11 release. A little while back, Microsoft said you needed a top-of-the-line older PC or a new one to run Windows 11. Problem is that Microsoft walked back that statement last week. Yet, over the weekend, Microsoft isn’t too keen on your installing it on your older PC.
According to The Verge, after claiming they won’t leave millions of PC behind, they may be planning something else. As it turns out, Microsoft won’t block you from installing Windows 11 on your PC with an older CPU. Cool, right? There is a small caveat with that capability.
Older CPUs may not get Windows 11 updates.
If you have an older CPU, and install it as a download or ISO file, you may be on your own. Microsoft is now threatening to withhold Windows Updates from your copy of Windows 11 — potentially even security updates — if you take that route.
While the internet is taking this as Microsoft’s word, you can relax. Microsoft likes to think it’s Apple sometimes. Fortunately, for better or worse, they definitely are not. When they threatened to cut support Windows XP and 7 support, they backpedaled. The supported it longer than they should have. Now, they rush out critical security patches for Windows 7 recently.
Even after they released the tool to see if you can upgrade to Windows 11, it was pulled. Why? Because a majority of people would not be able to upgrade. Even then, they pulled back the tight requirements one would need to install the new operating system.
Microsoft loves to throw out strict guidelines but retract it when the blow back is extensive. If Microsoft wants you to update your PC for their new OS, they should give you one. Otherwise, make it compatible for most PCs. I’m sure we will see some walk back this week. Just don’t install it, just yet.