It’s no secret that there are strict hardware requirements to upgrade to Windows 11, but back in August, Microsoft confirmed users could manually install it on “unsupported machines.” The only problem, though, is that those devices would not get software or security updates.
Some users received a pop-up window while running the OS asking them to sign a waiver acknowledging potential damages to their PC due to a lack of compatibility with updates. Microsoft states something similar in its support page documents. It’s a messy situation, but we have good news.
This week on Tuesday, October 12 (Patch Tuesday,) Microsoft released the first official Windows 11 patch and a slew of updates, and everyone got them. That includes all those “unsupported” laptops and PCs that manually installed the update, according to MSPoweruser.
It looks like this first full patch had updates to Microsoft Defender Antivirus, the .NET Framework, and the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool updates, and most users received it. This is definitely good news, but don’t get too comfortable, and don’t take this news as being safe to install Windows 11 on an unsupported device.
There’s no guarantee that future updates will be available to unsupported devices. This could be the first and only one sent out since it’s the first major patch, or there’s a good chance Microsoft hasn’t figured out the best way to prevent updates from going to unsupported systems.
What this could mean is that Microsoft will continue sending out updates like usual, but unsupported systems aren’t guaranteed to get said updates. Either way, it’s good news to see all Windows 11 machines getting the first round of updates, but we’ll have to keep an eye on the situation and see how things progress with future releases.