Users won't be able to install Windows 11 on incompatible devices

Microsoft can determine the compatibility of a user's device with Windows 11 using telemetry data.

Windows 11 is currently available for beta testing, and Windows Insiders can download early builds of the OS. A stable build of Windows 11 will be released later this year, and users will be able to upgrade to a new version of the OS for free, but only if the devices meet the minimum system requirements.

Windows 11 ships with new minimum system requirements. This is bad news for people with old laptops and personal computers. According to Microsoft, all Windows 11 update paths will be blocked for users with unsupported hardware.

“We know that some users will not be able to install Windows 11. It is important to understand that the reason we are doing this is to improve the productivity and security of devices,” Microsoft said in a statement.

Microsoft can use telemetry data to determine if a user's device is compatible with Windows 11, and then Windows Update will tell you if the OS can be installed. It is noteworthy that users will not be able to bypass installation restrictions by modifying group policies.

"Group Policy will not allow you to bypass the hardware limitations for installing Windows 11. We will block the ability to update your device because we want your devices to remain secure," - said in a message from the developers.

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