Windows 11 Update Accidentally Brings OS to Older Machines

Windows 11’s first major update (supposedly called Sun Valley 2) is reportedly ready to be released, but some last-minute testing seems to have raised questions about Microsoft’s stringent hardware requirements to run the operating system. It was accidentally distributed to almost all Windows Insider Program members in the release preview, including unsupported devices.

As reported by Windows latest (opens in a new tab)Microsoft pushed Windows 11 22H2 into the Release Preview Channel on June 7, which includes features like drag-and-drop, a better Start menu, a new Task Manager, and Mica for Win32 apps.

Some users on Reddit (opens in a new tab) were quick to notice that they were also receiving updates on systems that don’t officially support the OS due to its TPM 2.0 requirements or the use of older processors.

my_6700k_desktop_gtx_1080_32gb_ram_became since r/Windows11

It’s worth noting that other users on the same Reddit thread have also confirmed that despite being in the Insider program, their own unsupported machines haven’t received the update, so it doesn’t appear to be something that landed on all systems.

my_6700k_desktop_gtx_1080_32gb_ram_became since r/Windows11

Anyway, the update has since been removed entirely, and Microsoft released a statement saying there were no plans to change the current hardware configuration for Windows 11. “This is a bug and the correct team is investigating it,” Microsoft noted. “The requirements have not changed”.

Only members of the Insider program will have been affected by this issue. As for a full 22H2 build, most sources are currently estimating an October release date for which Sun Valley 2 will be available to the public, landing Windows 11’s first anniversary from October 2021.

Analysis: where there is a window, there is a way

Some things are obvious: the water is wet, you should wear sunscreen when you go out, and if you give people a way to play with the software, they will.

Windows essentially breaking its own hardware requirements for Windows 11 might encourage some developers and enthusiasts to find additional workarounds in order to bring the operating system to older machines, even if a bug was the root cause. The fact that it happened by mistake is enough indication that it might be easier than you think.

Let’s be clear: we don’t condone or suggest doing so, as Microsoft has justified its decision to omit certain systems and hardware for security reasons, probably in an effort to make Windows 11 its most secure operating system ever. this day. That doesn’t mean curiosity won’t get the better of some people, though.