Windows 11 shows Intel’s decade-old Pentium 4 CPU as supported


After loads of teasing and some months of beta testing, Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 on October 5. Windows 11 is official and you’ll already attempt the working system through the Windows Update or by manually downloading Windows 11 ISO. However, that’s potential in case your outdated or new {hardware} can assist the improve.

Windows 11’s largest downside is its {hardware} necessities. Although the OS improve is accessible totally free on Windows 10, it may be formally put in on supported gadgets solely. At the second, solely PCs with eighth technology Intel CPUs and second-generation Ryzen CPUs are supported.

Microsoft has added some seventh gen Intel fashions to the listing of supported processors, however that may solely profit flagship merchandise like Surface Studio. Microsoft’s official doc excludes processors older than the eighth technology Intel or 2nd technology AMD Ryzen, and that is the most important Windows 11 controversy to this point.

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Surprisingly, it appears like Microsoft is not going to put an improve block on installations accomplished on a tool utilizing Intel’s Pentium 4 661, which was launched in 2006 and clearly doesn’t meet all Windows 11 necessities.

As you’ll be able to see within the above screenshot, Intel Pentium 4 661, which has just one core and three.6Ghz of clock pace, is listed as a supported processor within the PC Health Check. That’s presumably as a result of Microsoft forgot to replace the strings wanted to mirror “unsupported status” within the PC Health Check Tool for this specific Intel household.

As Intel’s Family 15 Model is just not included within the listing of unsupported CPUs, the database of PC Health Check, it’s potential to put in Windows 11 formally. This appears to indicate that Microsoft checks your machine configuration towards its database of supported processors solely.

Some customers have already put in Windows 11 efficiently on Pentium 4 661 after bypassing TPM 2.0 & Secure Boot necessities, and so they’re additionally getting cumulative updates like Build 22000.282, in line with our reader who examined the OS on their machine.

It’s potential that the PC Health Check device might be up to date to dam the working system on Intel’s Pentium 4 collection. Thankfully, Microsoft has left loopholes open for individuals who need to improve unsupported {hardware} to Windows 11.

According to the official documentation, you’ll be able to create a registry worth named “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU” to obtain and set up Windows 11 on unsupported {hardware}.

However, Windows 11 cumulative updates might or might not arrive in your machine in future, and Microsoft may even not supply any help to customers with unsupported {hardware}.