When the requirements to install Windows 11 were announced we were a little surprised. I understand that, although it maintains the base of Windows 10, it is a major renovation, and that Microsoft wanted to take advantage of it to take a very marked step forward, even if this means leaving out a large number of users.

The Redmond giant is clear, and has thought of everything. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements, and can not upgrade to Windows 11, can continue using Windows 10 for a fairly long period of time, as both operating systems will coexist until October 2025. After that date, Windows 10 will stop receiving security updates, and will be abandoned, as it happened at the time with Windows XP and Windows 7, for example.

Returning to the subject of the requirements, one of the most important doubts we had was whether these were going to be mandatory, that is, if they would act as an absolute limitation or if, in some cases, we could overcome them with a simple warning. After reviewing the list of compatible processors and seeing that many chips that still offer good performance, and are perfectly viable, were left out of the list, I came to lean seriously in favor of the second option, but it seems that, in the end, it will not be so.

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Windows 11 will not allow you to complete the installation if you do not meet the requirements

That’s how clear the Redmond giant has been. In a round of questions and answers (AMA, acronym for “Ask Microsoft Anything”), the company has launched the following comments:

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“We know it’s not good that some users won’t be able to upgrade to Windows 11, but we should remember the reason we’ve made this decision, and that’s to keep devices more productive, safe and secure, even in this new work phase […] We don’t want administrators or users to have to worry about compatibility, or waste their time, and that’s why their devices will be able to determine for themselves if they are compatible with Windows 11 […] It won’t be possible to dodge the Windows 11 hardware requirements, they will be mandatory. We’ll make sure of that because we want your devices to be protected.” </em>

I wanted to attach a summary of the key points so that you know Microsoft’s official position on the requirements of Windows 11, and so that you are clear about the reasons why they have taken this decision.

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What does this mean for me, as a user?

Very simple, if you do not meet the requirements of Windows 11, in full, you can not upgrade to that operating system, just like that. If you don’t meet just one of the requirements, you’ll end up stuck on Windows 10, something that, for most users, shouldn’t be a problem at all, since the operating system will continue to offer an optimal experience.

However, if you don’t meet any specific requirements and you’re thinking of upgrading your PC to Windows 11, I recommend you take a look at this guide we published about a month ago, where you’ll find five tips that will be of great help. And if you have any doubts, you can also review this other article where we analyzed in depth the requirements of this operating system, and we talked about the issue of fTPM 2.0.

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Before we finish, I want to remind you that the limiting role of Windows 11 requirements also includes, at the moment, the list of processors that Microsoft gave, which means that only computers with a Ryzen 2000 series (Zen+) or an eighth-generation Core processor will be able to upgrade to the operating system. However, this could change, as Microsoft itself announced that it does not rule out expanding the list to include the Ryzen 1000 series and sixth- and seventh-generation Core processors.