Unsupported Windows 11 installs are getting updates after all

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Windows 11 has just received its first update, and though it is causing some problems, it brings a glimmer of hope to users with unsupported hardware. Contrary to what Microsoft suggested prior to launch, unsupported Windows 11 installations will receive driver and security updates — or at least some of them.

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At launch day ramp-up, Microsoft suggested that unsupported Windows 11 installs would not receive critical security updates. Microsoft never flat-out committed one way or another. Instead, we only heard vague assumptions about whether unsupported users would be entitled to updates or if they would be guaranteed.

Windows 11 Update page.

Given Microsoft’s push to keep Windows 11 minimum system requirements — and a scathing wave about unsupported installations — we can only assume that unsupported users won’t receive the updates. Imagine my surprise, when I booted up my Dell XPS 15 with an unsupported Core i7-7700HQ and installed security, driver, and .NET Framework updates like any other Windows 11 computer.


It looks like unsupported Windows 11 installs will receive updates, at least for the time being. Microsoft’s vague approach suggests it is not stable; Future updates may only arrive on supported devices, but we’re not sure at this point. However, for now, you can install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware and download the first major patch.

Microsoft caused an uproar when it announced the minimum hardware requirements of Windows 11. The operating system requires at least a Ryzen 2000 or Intel 8th-gen processor, as well as TPM 2.0, UEFI Secure Boot, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The Windows team has offered a way for unsupported users to upgrade, but it originally seemed like a temporary solution—one that Microsoft actively discouraged with its lack of updates.

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Looks like fret wasn’t for everything. I was able to install the first Windows 11 patch on an unsupported system, and based on a report htnovo, other people can also install it.

That doesn’t mean that unsupported users will receive every update, though. We can only suspect that Microsoft warned users about the update for some reason – future patches may not arrive on unsupported Windows 11 machines. For now, though, everything is working as it should, even on unsupported hardware.

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