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By mistake, Microsoft forcing devices that do not meet the minimum hardware requirements to perform Windows 11 upgrades.

When Microsoft made an offer to upgrade to Windows 11, they offered a mix of hardware and PCs that did not support the OS. Therefore, if you upgrade a PC that is not supported by Microsoft, it will not be able to complete the upgrade.

“We have offered to upgrade Windows 10 and Windows 11 version 21H2 on devices with certain ineligible hardware,” Microsoft clarified in a support note. “Ineligible devices do not meet the minimum requirements to run Windows 11; devices experiencing this issue may not complete the upgrade process,” Microsoft said.

Last year, we offered to upgrade devices that were not officially supported by Windows 11, and when we actually upgraded, we got an error because of the minimum hardware requirements for Microsoft’s latest operating system. Windows 11 requires an Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake or Zen 2 processor or higher.

While there are easy ways to install Windows 11 on unsupported CPUs, Microsoft is reportedly testing a new desktop watermark on unsupported hardware. Microsoft is also preparing to add a full search box to the Taskbar and upgrade the search in the Start menu. A tablet-optimized taskbar is also added.

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