Microsoft pushes Windows 11 on unsupported devices, again

Not the first time, Microsoft.

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Key notes

  • Microsoft rolled out update-to-Windows-11 suggestions for unsupported devices.
  • Some users even reported that their 10-year-old device is slapped with the notification, albeit not working.
  • A bug or another attempt to migrate users to Windows 11?
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Microsoft, strangely enough, has slapped full-screen prompts to urge users to upgrade to Windows 11, for unsupported PCs, again.

As spotted here by Windows enthusiast @PhantomOfEarth, Microsoft offers a free upgrade for devices/VMs with no TPM, RAM as little as 2 GB, and processor Intel Core i5-4690 @ 3.50GHz. The weirdest part is upon upgrading, users will be slapped again with a notification saying that their system doesn’t support the OS—if it’s not weirder than the ad itself having two yes buttons.

Another user, u/SaltRocksicle, said that they got offered the upgrade on their 11-year-old laptop although nothing from their device meets the minimum requirement except the RAM, core count, and storage, and the list of complaints goes on.

So, what’s going on?

Microsoft has a weird habit of pushing unsupported hardware to upgrade to Windows 11

There’s a surge in threads on Reddit and other forums that several users reported the same issue. What makes no sense is that, upon attempting to upgrade, users will still be met with an error notification that their PC does not meet the requirements.

Redmond tech giant is yet to make an announcement.

A few months ago, Reddit reports however indicated that users on unsupported hardware are being offered the upgrade as well, even those on Windows 10.

Know that, after fixing the bug on the very same day, the Redmond tech giant has updated its Windows health dashboard page.

Through this post, Microsoft confirmed that it had inadvertently offered Windows 11 upgrade promos on such unsupported systems.

However, unlike the last time, the upgrade did not really go through which means certain upgrade blocks must have been placed since.

Redmond officials acknowledged and stated that some hardware ineligible for Windows 10 and Windows 11, version 21H2 devices were offered an inaccurate upgrade to Windows 11.

As a result, these ineligible devices did not meet the minimum requirements to run Windows 11, and devices that experienced this issue were not able to complete the upgrade installation process.

Now, this issue is resolved and it might take 24 to 48 hours to propagate to all affected devices. Please keep in mind that affected users do not need to take any steps.

That being said, if you own a compatible machine, find out here whether doing a clean install or upgrading to Windows 11 is better.

What do you think about this? Have you upgraded to Windows 11 or are you content with Windows 10? Let us know in the comments!

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