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Windows 11 is currently being phased out and can be officially installed on supported hardware. However, it is possible to install Windows 11 on computers that do not meet the requirements, with Rufus and different TPM adolescence methods.

Windows 11 was offered as a free upgrade for Windows 10 devices. However, according to the statement from Microsoft, unsupported devices may not be eligible for future cumulative updates.

Despite all these warnings, it is possible to say that most Windows 10 devices do not cause any problems in Windows 11. The main reason for this is that Windows 11 is essentially based on Windows 10 and we can say that the changes are mostly made on the design side.

Microsoft emphasized the importance of security features required in Windows 11 with a video it just released. According to the company, Windows 11 was designed with a strong focus on security.

The new operating system requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0), Secure Boot, Virtualization Based Security (VBS), and more. Windows 11 requirements have become quite stringent because of these security features that are usually found in newer devices.

Officials also say they want to set a standard for PC security with Windows 11 and older devices, lacking all these security features, so no support is offered. Note that TPM or Secure Boot is already available in Windows 10. However, it is now enforced to provide a secure experience for Windows 11 users.

So what is this TPM? We can define TPM as “physical or virtual chips for protecting encryption keys, user credentials and other sensitive data”.

Microsoft did tesdollarser on older hardware to determine compatibility with security features like TPM before setting strict requirements. As a result of all this tesdollarser, they concluded that it is important to run Windows 11 on new or supported devices. The software giant also said:

If a machine is compromised, we can help you minimize damage. Windows 11 will stop such attacks out-of-the-box as we use Secure Boot and Trusted Boot, which use both the required UEFI and TPM hardware. Secure Boot and Trusted Boot can stop rootkits or bootkits trying to modify your early boot files.

Windows 11 and Performance

Finally, Microsoft ran a series of tests on older hardware to identify performance issues when running Windows 11 with older processors. According to analysis, older devices may experience performance problems and users may encounter frequent application crashes.

Unsupported computers may experience 52% more blue screens than computers that meet the requirements. Blue screen errors are minimized on new devices by using modern driver update management and modern drivers released by OEMs that are not available on older devices.

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster, 2 or more cores, compatible 64-bit processor or System-on-Chip (SoC)
RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB)
Storage: 64GB or larger storage device
System firmware: UEFI with Secure Boot
TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or higher with WDDM 2.0 driver
Screen: High resolution (720p) display larger than 9 inches diagonally, 8 bits per color channel
Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: In Windows 11 Home version, an internet connection and a Microsoft account are required to complete the device setup at first use.

An internet connection is also required to get a device out of S mode in Windows 11 Home.

All versions of Windows 11 require an internet connection to perform updates and to download and enjoy some features.


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