When there is only a little over a month to go before the formal launch of Windows 11, Microsoft again adds negative reactions from users. Yesterday, shortly after announcing that the new operating system will arrive on October 5, members of the Windows Insider program they were “kicked out” of the test. The reason? Their computers did not meet the minimum hardware requirements.
Yes, they read that well. Microsoft kicked out the same users who helped test and polish Windows 11, and told them that their PCs are not capable of running the operating system, when they have done it for the last few months. The only official possibility for testers who received the notification through Windows Update is to go back to Windows 10.
This decision has led many people who participated in the Windows Insider program to express their discomfort on social networks. The anger is understandable, although there are a couple of readings that emerge from this story.
Do you think that the raised requirements for Windows 11 are justified?
If not, why?
– BetaWiki (@BetaWiki) August 31, 2021
For one thing, Microsoft didn’t decide overnight to “kick out” those who signed up to try Windows 11. It was known that the Redmond firm would not enforce hardware restrictions, which do run for the final version, on the preliminary editions. In this way, many PCs could run the new OS, even if they did not meet requirements such as Secure Boot enabled and TPM 2.0.
However, this was only for the development and beta channels. After Windows 11 moved to the preview channel, only those who did meet the minimum requirements would continue to test the software.
More controversial over minimum hardware requirements to run Windows 11
So why the anger of the users? Because of the way Microsoft has been handled. The testers feel that the company has used them to improve their operating system and then scrapped them, even though they have shown that, in most cases, Windows 11 can run smoothly on “unsupported hardware.” In addition, in the last few months there have been so many twists and turns regarding the minimum requirements to install Windows 11, that this decision adds more confusion to the matter.
Remember that it will still be possible to use the new Microsoft OS on PCs that do not meet the minimum hardware requirements. However, the update will not be given through Windows Update, but each user will have to install it manually through an ISO image. The problem is that by opting for this method, Windows 11 will not provide security and driver updates.