The release of Windows 11 has triggered a massive wave, owing to the stringent standards that, on paper, would render many devices unupgradeable. Installing Windows 11 on non-compatible hardware might be challenging, and Microsoft assured that these computers would not receive updates after installing Windows 11, which is not the case.
After the official release of Windows 11, Microsoft warned that all non-compatible devices that upgraded to Windows 11 would not get future updates through Windows Update. Windows 11 launched on October 5, and the first Patch Tuesday was held yesterday… a patch that even unapproved gadgets received.
Windows 11 Patch Tuesday for all
This is what a website claims, and it was confirmed by testing the installation of Windows 11 on a PC that did not meet Microsoft’s minimal requirements and should not receive operating system upgrades. That is in theory since in practice they claim to have received the October Patch Tuesday update yesterday.
They claim that a few hours ago, a Windows 11 computer was updated with all of the packages distributed by Microsoft. These patches included a new build with fixes and .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 along with the usual monthly malware removal tool.
All of these upgrades were downloaded and installed like a normal computer, and the system appears to operate normally with no issues or limits.
Microsoft claimed at the time reasons of reliability, but also of security and compatibility for which these computers would no longer have updates. Microsoft’s website makes it clear that these computers will not be able to receive future versions of Windows 11 and will have to be updated through a clean ISO.
“Once Windows 11 is generally available, these PCs will be excluded from distribution and will not be able to receive future versions of Windows 11 in the Insider Preview Program. These PCs must perform a clean install on Windows 10 with the media (ISOs) we provide and can then join the Release Preview Channel to preview Windows 10 updates.”
Microsoft has thus far chosen not to enforce the restrictions it had previously warned about. We’ll have to see if things change in the future or if Microsoft is unable to keep track of computers that can receive the upgrades they’re dishing out.