Since Microsoft announced Windows 11 in June 2021, the company has been very clear about compatibility requirements. Certain CPU configurations cannot upgrade to Windows 11. So, you can imagine the surprise of users of those incompatible machines when they were offered Windows 11 upgrades in recent weeks.
Microsoft has been using a new full-screen prompt to convince Windows 10 users to upgrade to Windows 11. However, it seems the company is rolling this prompt out across all Windows 10 devices, even those that are incompatible with the newer OS.
Windows watcher PhantomOfEarth found these prompts and put them on Twitter. It seems they are being sent to Windows 10 users who cannot upgrade to Win11 even if they want to. However, it is possible there is a cutoff.
Windows 11 free upgrade being offered to unsupported Windows 10 devices/VMs?
Screenshots from a Windows 10 22H2 VM that does not meet the Windows 11 system requirements, big ones being TPM (none) and RAM (2 GB) pic.twitter.com/VNNswgMLiC
— PhantomOcean3 ☃️ (@PhantomOfEarth) February 23, 2023
I fired up my Windows 10 laptop which does not have a chance of meeting the spec requirements for Windows 11. However, I am unable to replicate the full-screen prompt. Instead, I still see the following message:
“This PC doesn't currently meet the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11.”
So, this may not be something that is happening to all Windows 10 users. Maybe there is an automatic component in Microsoft's prompt that is missing something and sending to the wrong users. Either way, if you have an incompatible device and see the prompt, don't get too excited because Windows 11 requirements remain the same:
- A modern 64-bit processor. Windows 11 is only a 64-bit platform, with no 32-bit version.
- 1Ghz clock speed
- 2 cores
- 64GB drive
- 4GB RAM
- UEFI, Secure Book capable & TPM 2.0
- 9-inch display with 1366×768 resolution
- DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
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