Can you run Windows 11 on old PC’s, well the answer is yes you can? Microsoft has officially restored a PC Health Check app for anyone to download, it allows you to see if your computer is ready for Windows 11. There seems to be a lot of confusion with Microsoft policy to allow only newer generation Intel and AMD CPUs to support the new OS. While older PCs with CPUs including 7th Gen Intel Core machines and even with TPM chips inside, can’t run Windows 11.
Having said that, the recent video released by Microsoft suggests why it implemented such strict system requirements. Though the software giant has given some relaxation and allowed the clean installation of Windows 11 on older machines.
According to Windows Latest, “The officials further explained that they want to set a standard for PC security with Windows 11 and older devices are not being supported because they lack all these security features.”
Amidst all this confusion and chaos, we would like to say, you can run Windows 11 on older PCs, though the hard way. Microsoft carried out a few tests on old hardware to determine the performance while running Windows 11. The test results suggest you can after all run Windows 11 on old machines, though they may experience performance issues and users may experience frequent app crashes.
Windows 11 security measures.
The video above discusses Windows 11 security aspects and a live demonstration of attacks. The hardware-level protections like TPM 2.0 are also discussed in the video, they can keep our machines secure. It helps us to understand how Microsoft wants to bring all the devices on the same page. Since some of the older PCs don’t come with Secure Boot, TPM, Virtualization-based Security (VBS), this may cause a security risk which the company intends to eliminate in the future.
Microsoft’s decision may sound harsh, but it is primarily to set a standard for Windows PCs. There has been a surge in the number of cyberattacks over the years, and it would be easy for bad actors to exploit Windows PCs with the newly enforced security features. Additionally, Microsoft has not had a good track record when it comes to security, and now it wants to fix it.
The above video clearly shows how a bad actor can breach a PC. Windows 11 security measures take care of it all. With the latest security measures, Microsoft will be minimizing the damage done to a PC when compromised. As a result of this, it is preventing older PCs with Legacy BIOS mode, and the ones without a TPM 2.0 environment.
However harsh the decision may sound, looks like a step in the right direction.