Microsoft’s Rigorous Hardware Requirements Sparked Controversy


  • It was accidentally released to almost every member of the Windows Insider Program within the Release Preview – including unsupported devices.
  • Only members of the Insider Program will have been affected by this issue.
  • The fact that it occurred purely by mistake is indication enough that it might be easier than you’d assume.

It was unintentionally provided to practically every member of the Windows Insider Program, including unsupported devices, as part of the Release Preview as reported by Tech Radar.

Newest releases

The first big update to Windows 11 (rumoured to be called Sun Valley 2) is purportedly ready for release, but some last-minute testing appears to have sparked concerns about Microsoft’s stringent hardware requirements. 

According to Windows newest, on June 7, Microsoft released Windows 11 22H2, which contains features like drag and drop, a redesigned Start menu, a new Task Manager, and Mica for Win32 programmes in the Release Preview Channel.

Some Reddit users noted that they were getting updates on devices that didn’t officially support the OS because of the TPM 2.0 requirements or the use of outdated processors.

Specifications not altered 

Other users on the same Reddit thread stated that, despite being members of the Insider Program, their own unsupported PCs did not receive the update, indicating that this isn’t something that has hit every system. Regardless, the update has been completely withdrawn, and Microsoft has issued a statement indicating that there are no plans to change the current Windows 11 hardware requirements. “It’s a bug, and the appropriate team is looking into it,” Microsoft said. “The specifications have not altered.”

This problem will only have affected participants of the Insider Program.

In terms of a full release of 22H2, most sources are predicting an October release date for Sun Valley 2, which will coincide with the one-year anniversary of Windows 11 in October 2021.

Analysis: Where there’s a Windows, there’s a way

Some things are just a given: water is wet, you should be wearing sunscreen when you go outside, and if you give people a means to mess around with software, they will.

Windows essentially breaking its own hardware requirements for Windows 11 could encourage some developers and hobbyists to find additional workarounds in order to bring the operating system to older machines, even if a bug was the original cause.

The fact that it occurred purely by mistake is indication enough that it might be easier than you’d assume.

Let us be clear: we do not condone or suggest doing so as Microsoft has justified its decision to omit certain systems and hardware under security concerns, likely in a bid to make Windows 11 its safest operating system to date.

That doesn’t mean that curiosity won’t get the better of some people though.


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Source: Tech Radar


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