NEW DELHI: Microsoft began to implement the final version of Windows 11 earlier this month. As expected, Windows 11 will be available as a free update for all Windows PCs and laptops that meet the minimum operating system requirements.
Although Microsoft has already revealed a workaround to bypass TPM 2.0 and processor requirements, the company also warned users not to install the operating system on unsupported devices.
The company has also stated that unsupported devices may not receive future cumulative updates for Windows 11.
Even though most modern PCs are powerful enough to run Windows 11 without breaking a sweat, Microsoft has implemented very strict system requirements for the operating system, especially with older generation processors.
If you don’t know, Windows 11 requires at least a 7th Gen Intel Core or 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, TPM 2.0, Secure Boot support.
The only reason Microsoft has ever provided behind such stringent requirements is enhanced security for the operating system.
The company has now released a new video that explains the importance of security features that are necessary and mandatory to run Windows 11.
Microsoft has highlighted that the Windows 11 operating system has been designed with security as the primary focus. According to the company, Windows 11 is the most secure version of Windows to date.
The first and foremost aspect behind the stringent system requirements is “Reliability”. Microsoft mentions that “maintaining reliability over time is highly correlated with OEM and IHV driver support. Windows 11 compatible processors are OEM and IHV compliant and use modern drivers (DCH) ”.
According to the company, the use of modern drivers will allow Microsoft to manage and update them in a coordinated manner through Windows Update and will provide a better mechanism for tracking device health. This will help improve the reliability of the entire system.
Another important requirement is safe and reliable starting. Microsoft explains that with the help of Secure Boot and Trusted Boot which requires UEFI and TPM hardware, they can help users minimize damage in the event that a machine is compromised. These two prevent hackers or spammers from accessing and modifying system bootkits and rootkits.
Finally, it all comes down to performance and user peace of mind. Microsoft has also stated that unsupported systems are likely to have 52% more kernel crashes compared to supported devices. Additionally, the company states that systems meeting Windows 11 requirements are expected to have a 99.8% crash-free experience.
Additionally, systems with older processors have performance issues when running Windows 11, based on a series of tests conducted by the company on older hardware.