Windows 11 will add a new watermark if your PC has “unsupported hardware”

Microsoft is testing the new watermark on some computers that are not compatible with its new operating system.


Microsoft is experimenting with two new methods to warn Windows 11 users that they’ve installed the operating system on unsupported hardware.

In the latest Windows 11 test builds , a new watermark appeared on the desktop wallpaper, along with a similar warning on the Start page of the Settings app.

If the test build is running on unsupported hardware, the desktop watermark simply states “system requirements were not met” and appears next to the build number which is only displayed in evaluation or preview builds of Windows .

The watermark is similar to, but less prominent than, the one that appears in Windows if you haven’t activated the operating system.

Might not make it to the final version

The software maker recently revealed that it would be testing new additions to Windows 11 that might not make the final cut.

Microsoft ‘s minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11 have been controversial, especially since the operating system only officially supports Intel Coffee Lake 8th generation CPUs or Zen+ and Zen 2 and up.

This move left millions of PCs behind, but there’s an easy way to bypass that restriction and install Windows 11 . Now anyone who has used that workaround may start seeing these warnings in future updates.

Microsoft has used similar warnings for non-activated versions of Windows in the past and restricts features like dark mode, personalization settings, and themes from being changed until a system is activated. For this version of Windows 11 , you have not restricted any computer features for the time being.