Here’s another reminder that your PC doesn’t qualify for Windows 11

by Don Sharpe
Don Sharpe
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  • A few months after its release, Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system seems to be working reasonably well on PCs that aren't officially supported.
  • The performance and experience may not be similar to those with supported systems but nonetheless still works.
  • However, Microsoft has now made it clear that things are about to get a whole lot more difficult for users on legacy hardware
Windows 11 background

Microsoft is using a new feature in the latest Windows 11 builds to let users know when their PCs don’t meet a specific requirement for the latest version of Windows.

You might recall that Windows 11 doesn’t support a bunch of processors, which means that many older PCs don’t qualify for the new OS.

But as we’ve seen over the past few months since the OS’s release, users have been able to run the OS optimally with no hiccups despite several warnings to withhold security updates.

The first is that Windows 11 was never meant to run on your PC. As such, you should really not expect it to work well at all, even if your computer does meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

Updates won’t be forever

Whereas unsupported PCs have still been getting updates just like other official supported PCs, Microsoft wants you to remember that this will not be forever.

That is why you will be constantly reminded that your PC does not meet the minimum system requirements.

The old PCs have pitifully low RAM and ROM that cannot be expected to run modern apps and services. You may be able to install the OS but you will be limited in the number of operations you can perform.

You are likely to experience a slowed-down performance which can be frustrating.

Reminder on settings

Now, the reminder is about to be more prominent. Previously, such messages would only make an appearance before or during the installation of the OS.

Microsoft appears to be experimenting with a new message in Windows 11 that reminds customers that their PC doesn’t qualify for the latest version of Windows

It now seems that the message has been brought closer and will appear on top of the Settings app. You surely visit the Settings app at least once or twice a day so you will be constantly reminded that your PC does not meet minimum requirements.

This is a feature that Microsoft is testing with a small group of Insiders — as one of several “experiments” built into the operating system. 

Remember, you can download PC Health Check App to see if your device meets the requirements.

Apart from the reminder, there are also a bunch of new features rumored to be on the way.

Does your PC meet the system requirements? Are you still getting important updates? Let us know in the comment section below.