The Verge reported that Microsoft will allow Windows 11 to be manually downloaded and installed on older computers. However, Microsoft may withhold security and driver updates from computers that are not officially supported. Install Windows 11 at your own risk on old computers that will become vulnerable to cybersecurity risk as time progresses.
It’s possible Microsoft will say one thing and quietly turn a blind eye. The upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 to Windows 10 officially expired years ago. Yet it is still possible to upgrade both versions to Windows 10. If you are still running Windows 7, you are at risk of getting hacked. Follow our guide to upgrading to Windows 10 for free.
On August 27th, 2021, Microsoft updated the Windows 11 minimum system requirements. Microsoft added some 7th Gen Intel processors to the list of compatible 64-bit processors. The changes to the system requirements remain for the most part unchanged. Computers with 64-bit processors purchased in the past 2 to 3 years will likely meet the minimum requirements. In summary, the minimum requirements are a supported processor, TPM 2.0, 4GB RAM, and 64 GB of hard drive space.
Businesses and consumers with unsupported computers should wait until it’s time to upgrade their computers. On average, your computer should be replaced about every 5 years. Although computers can last much longer than 5 years, they likely will not meet the minimum requirements for a supported version of Windows. If your computer is unsupported, stay with Windows 10 until it’s time to purchase a new computer. Windows 10 will be supported until September 14th, 2025.