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    From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to All on Monday, March 21, 2022 21:35:28
    FGAZ 18-07 Page 2 21 Mar 2022


    Win 11 adds 'requirements not met' nag for unsupported hardware

    Don't wanna buy the latest stuff? Here's your watermark

    Brandon Vigliarolo
    Mon 21 Mar 2022 // 17:00 UTC

    Those running Windows 11 on unsupported hardware are getting an
    update, though not the kind that low-end hardware and VM users might
    be hoping for.

    The latest Release Preview of Windows 11 adds an undocumented feature
    that slaps a line of text in the lower right hand side of the Windows
    desktop and a similar warning in the Settings app for any system that
    fails to meet Windows 11's exacting standards.

    The message is short and to the point: "System requirements not met.
    Go to Settings to learn more."

    It's also far less obtrusive than the watermarks on unactivated
    Windows 11 systems, which shows inside full-screen apps. This one does

    Microsoft's strict hardware requirements for Windows 11 are well
    known, and the method for bypassing them is likely also known to
    anyone who needs to run Windows 11 on older computers or in a virtual

    Even when circumvented, Microsoft takes pains to notify users, which
    can get cumbersome in enterprise environments. (This will be rare, as
    Windows 11 on unsupported hardware is nightmare fuel for admins.)

    However, the warnings are not as burdensome as the hardware
    requirements, which have kept Windows 11 software from running on
    countless machines that didn't meet the requisite 4GB RAM, 1GHz 64-bit

    As of November 2021, Microsoft's latest operating system was only on
    0.21 percent of systems included in a survey of 10 million IT assets,
    compared to Windows XP's 3.62 percent.

    Microsoft didn't respond to a question about whether or not it plans
    to take any additional action against those running Windows 11 on
    unqualified hardware. The Windows-maker put a number of restrictions
    in place on unregistered copies of Windows 10, but hardware
    requirements aren't the same as violating terms of service.

    Microsoft would be setting itself up for serious PR blowback if it
    started restricting Windows 11 on unqualified hardware after upsetting
    people with strict hardware requirements in the first place.

    Microsoft has previously stated that Windows 11 installs on

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