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This is why Windows 11 has such strict hardware requirements – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Microsoft started rolling out the final build of Windows 11 earlier this month. As expected, Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade to all the Windows PCs and laptops that meet the operating system’s minimum requirements.
Although Microsoft has already revealed a walkaround to bypass the TPM 2.0 and processor requirements, the company has also warned users against installing the operating system on unsupported devices.
The company has also stated that unsupported devices may not receive future cumulative updates for Windows 11.
Despite the fact that most modern PCs are powerful enough to run Windows 11 without breaking a sweat, Microsoft has implemented very strict system requirements for the operating system, especially with the older-generation processors
If you aren’t aware, Windows 11 requires at least a 7th-generation Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 2nd generation processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, TPM 2.0, support for Secure Boot.
The only reason Microsoft had ever provided behind such strict requirements is the enhanced security for the operating system.
The company has now posted a new video explaining the importance of security features that are required and mandatory to run Windows 11.
Microsoft has highlighted that the Windows 11 operating system has been designed keeping security as the main focus. According to the company, Windows 11 is the most secure version of Windows ever.
The first and most important aspect behind the strict system requirements is the ‘Reliability’. Microsoft mentions that “maintaining reliability over time is highly correlated with OEM and IHV driver support. The processors supported on Windows 11 are within OEM and IHV support and use modern (DCH) drivers”.
According to the company, the use of modern drivers will enable Microsoft to manage and update them in a coordinated manner through Windows Update and provide a better mechanism for tracking device health. This will help improve the reliability of the entire system.
Another major requirement is the Trusted and Secure Boot. Microsoft explains that with the help of Secure Boot and Trusted Boot that requires both UEFI and TPM hardware they can help users minimise the damage in case a machine gets compromised. These two prevent hackers or spammers from getting access to the bootkits and rootkits of the system and modify them.
At last, everything comes to the performance and peace of mind for users. Microsoft has also stated that unsupported systems are likely to have 52% more kernel crashes compared to the supported devices. Also, the company claims that systems that meet Windows 11 requirements are expected to have a 99.8% crash-free experience.
Additionally, the systems with older processors have performance issues when running Windows 11, according to a series of tests conducted by the company on older hardware.





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