Even Microsoft uses Windows 11 on unsupported computers

The minimum system requirements for Windows 11 are high, so even Microsoft’s own employees can’t meet them. In a Windows Insider webcast, Claton Hendricks, an employee, shared his screen to show system resources when he found that his processor did not meet company requirements.

Hendricks introduced new color options for Task Manager and other features in future versions of Windows 11. However, when he moved to the CPU dashboard, he saw an Intel Core i7-7660U processor that is not on the list of Microsoft support.

A Microsoft employee introduced Windows 11 to a computer that does not meet the minimum requirements (Image: Microsoft / YouTube)

The 7th generation processor was released in 2017, and the system only supports 8th generation processors. In the case of AMD, Microsoft requires Ryzen 3000 series chips or later.

You cannot tell which device the employee was using in this case, whether it was a personal computer, a virtual machine, or “Surface IR” at the top of the Surface screen sharing panel. According to the Neowin website, there is a good chance that you have used the original Surface Laptot, Surface Pro 5, or models that are not listed by Microsoft.

Minimum security requirements

It is worth remembering that the company allows Windows 11 to be used on computers without official support. Nevertheless, the software giant does not guarantee full operation and points out that this could endanger the machine as security updates will be interrupted. Microsoft may also display a visual warning in the settings application and on the desktop if a person is using incompatible software.

Since the capture was taken during the webcast and the camera image was above the right corner where the warnings usually appear, there is no way to know if there were these warnings on the Hendricks PC. On the other hand, as a developer, he may have access to some code or function that just hides the watermark.

Obviously, this processor shouldn’t have much of an impact on the performance of Windows 11, as it can run on much less heavy machines. In any case, it is interesting to know that even a software giant cannot meet all the great needs of their system for all employees.

Source: Neowin

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