We saw yesterday that Microsoft accidentally piped Windows 11 to some PCs that don’t meet the system requirements, and the software giant has now clarified that this was a mistake and that any testers who erroneously offered an update should not install the new system. operating on not supported. hardware.
We say testers (known as Windows Insiders) because this belonged to the preview build of Windows 11 for this year’s big update and it was when Windows 11 22H2 was pushed to the release preview channel.
as seen by latest windows (opens in new tab)A Microsoft representative acknowledged the error on Twitter and advised that Windows Insiders on ineligible older PCs who were wrongly presented with the Windows 11 upgrade option should not opt in, lest they encounter an installation error.
We are investigating an issue for Insiders where the Windows 11, version 22H2 banner is being displayed for unqualified PCs and is working to fix it. Choosing to install will result in an error.June 8, 2022
However, actual reports from people who have gone ahead and installed Windows 11 vary, with some having issues as Microsoft predicts, but others saying the operating system works fine on their unsupported machine.
When the bug was discovered yesterday, Microsoft was quick to pull the update and throw cold water on the inevitable conversation about whether the software giant was considering relaxing Windows 11’s hardware requirements in some way.
However, Windows Latest reports that some ineligible PCs are still seeing the update banner. If that’s the case, Microsoft is asking users not to upgrade, of course.
Analysis: Another nice mess…
This has been a little confusing, really. Offering a buggy update is bad enough in the first place, but the fact that there’s still confusion around testers being given the ability to get Windows 11 when their PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements is a pretty bad show.
It doesn’t reflect well on Microsoft’s quality assurance checks in the testing process, with Windows bugs having long been a tiresome subject in terms of prevalence (and severity in some cases) since the beginning of Windows 10.
The fact that the update seems to work fine for some users doesn’t help either, despite what Microsoft says about display stop errors. An inhabitant of Twitter he wrote (opens in new tab): “I was surprised last night when my surface book offered to download win 11 as it was not eligible before. Installation completed and looks happy. Is there anything I should check that might not work?”
And therein lies the danger: while this update to Windows 11 may seem to work fine, the user won’t know if there’s something strange lurking in the background. Just because things look good initially doesn’t mean that some sort of ticking time bomb won’t eventually go off, or that some security hole can be left open for exploitation, and mayhem can be visited on the host system one way or another. It’s also not hard to imagine that performance issues could arise even if there isn’t an explosion of some variety.
Overall, we suggest that the risk isn’t worth it for those who might still receive this upgrade offer, which apparently remains fluctuating for some users and, as Microsoft advises, the best course of action is undoubtedly to avoid.