Microsoft backs off and will release Windows 11 for “older” PCs, but no updates

Microsoft announced on Friday (27) that older hardware without compatibility with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, one of Microsoft’s applications requirements for Windows 11, will be able to have the new operating system installed.

However, these computers will not receive security updates and will not upgrade through Windows Update. The installation will have to be manual via an ISO file that will be made available by Microsoft.

The developer’s idea is that users of older hardware can use version 11 of Windows as a test experience, even though this puts the system at risk since the security updates fix dangerous vulnerabilities in the OS.

The company claims that older components cannot deliver all the experience and security that Windows 11 is intended to bring to users. As a result, Microsoft appears to be unwilling to go out of its way to support such hardware.

Initially, the restriction was for AMD and Intel processors released before 2017. Microsoft recently confirmed that most 7th gen Core chips other than AMD Zen 1 would not be compatible.

“After carefully reviewing the first generation of AMD Zen processors in partnership with AMD, we have together concluded that there are no additions to the list of supported processors,” says the company.

The developer’s position has generated controversy among users who are unwilling to change their hardware to use the new system. Windows 11 is expected to be officially released later this year.