Microsoft accidentally released Windows 11 for unsupported PCs


Microsoft released the final version of the next big update for Windows 11 (22H2) to Release Preview testers on Tuesday, and mistakenly made it available for unsupported PCs.

Twitter and Reddit users (via WindowsLatest ) were quick to spot the bug, as hundreds of Windows Insiders were able to upgrade their Windows 10 devices on older CPUs.

Microsoft has strict minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, leaving millions of PCs behind, so the bug will once again shed light on the company’s controversial upgrade policy.

Microsoft accidentally released Windows 11 for unsupported PCs
An unsupported computer with Windows 11

Windows 11 requires Intel 8th or Zen 2 CPUs and above, with very few exceptions.

While there are easy ways to install Windows 11 on unsupported CPUs, Microsoft doesn’t even allow its Windows Insiders to install officially beta versions of the operating system on unsupported PCs, so this faulty build is a bit unusual.

Microsoft is aware of the error and says it is investigating. “It’s a bug and the right team is investigating it,” says the Windows Insider account via Twitter .

If you can install Windows 11 on an unsupported computer and you’re only expecting Release Preview updates for Windows 10, you should be able to undo the unexpected upgrade in the Settings section of Windows 11.

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