It would still be possible to install Windows 11 on older, ‘incompatible’ PCs. However, you do have to fiddle with software.
The latest version of Windows 11 was announced in June and should be released by the end of this year. But for most users, that is not immediately an issue because the operating system immediately comes with very strict hardware requirements.
To run the thing, you’ll need support for TPM 2.0, an eighth-generation Intel Core processor, Zen 2 or newer AMD processor, or a similar system from Qualcomm, UEFI Secure Boot, as well as 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. That’s a pretty solid, modern PC. You could have your system checked (and rejected) before with the company’s PC Health Check.
Those requirements came under some criticism from the company, and they have been adjusted somewhat in the meantime. Among others, the Intel Core X and Xeon W chips and Intel Core i7 were added to the list of supported hardware. But even if you don’t have a compatible PC, you can still run the new operating system, albeit more or less unofficially, The Register writes.
When you install Windows 11 via the Windows Update, it checks the hardware requirements, and that automatic update will not work if your computer does not meet. But that’s not the case when you install the operating system manually from an ISO file or through the Windows Insider or Media Creation Tool program. Those ways neatly skip the hardware check, which should make it possible to install Windows 11 on an older system as well.
It is, of course, not known how smoothly everything will still run. Microsoft itself indicates that the chance of crashes is greater, and it is also questionable whether you will receive all patches and updates correctly.