Major bug allows unsupported devices to upgrade to Windows 11 22H2

by Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Even though not everyone has decided to make the shift from Windows 10 to Windows 11, a new bug is giving more people the opportunity to do so.
  • Microsoft acknowledged the issue and has declared that an investigation has been started in order to quickly get to the bottom of things.
  • The bug actually allows users with unsupported hardware to already upgrade directly to the 22H2 version of Windows 11, which isn't even out yet.
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All everyone can talk about nowadays is the impending release of the first major update for Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Sun Valley 2, which is actually Windows 11 version 22H2, has been declared ready for release and is expected to become available anytime soon.

Microsoft recently released Windows 11 build 22621 to Windows Insiders enrolled in the Release Preview Channel, marking another step towards the general availability of Windows 11 22H2.

Recent Reddit reports however have indicated that users on unsupported hardware are being offered the upgrade as well, even those on Windows 10.

Microsoft acknowledges that the free upgrade offer is a bug

As most of us already know, there is no such thing as a Release Preview Channel for Windows 10 that receives Cumulative Updates before the general public release of Windows 10 does.

That being said, supported hardware will still see the Windows 11, version 22H2 as ready, with the problem being that the upgrade is also being offered on unsupported hardware as well.

Another important detail to be taken into consideration, this is only happening for some users, not everyone.

It is still unclear if all of these users are enrolled in the Windows 10 Release Preview Channel, but this explanation seems to be credible.

It doesn’t seem to be offered to everyone on the same older hardware either, but this could also have to do with the way Microsoft staggers the rollout of Feature Updates.

Shortly after all of these reports started rolling in, Redmond officials stepped in and cleared the air about why this is happening in the first place.

The Microsoft team responsible for the Windows insider program also mentioned that the requirements for upgrading Windows 11 have not changed.

Thus, this situation prompted an investigation. We are simply waiting for new information regarding the subject.

As you can imagine, this caught the entire Microsoft team off-guard, especially after insisting so much on the prerequisites for installing the latest OS.

Automatically, this also means that unsupported devices may not be offered security updates, such as Patch Tuesday security software, but you still have ten days to roll back your unsupported system.

Failing to do so within the above-mention period you will be forced to clean install Windows 10, thus starting out from scratch.

If, however, you are already running Windows 11 on compatible hardware, we can show you how to already install version 22H2.

Have you also received this upgrade offer on your Windows 11 incompatible device? Let us know in the comments section below.

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