As many of you probably know, Microsoft’s Windows 11 update has strict and controversial hardware requirements. But this week, when the company started rolling out the final test version of its highly anticipated Windows 11 (22H2) update, it accidentally gave unsupported PCs the new software.
Microsoft releases early test versions of its operating system to members of the Windows Insider program, which is how we often hear about exciting new features. For example, the Windows 11 22H2 update will introduce a better start menu, improved tablet support, drag and drop, Mica for Win32 apps, and a revamped task manager, to name a few.
Earlier this week, eligible members of the Windows Insider Program started getting the tester’s version of the update. However, Microsoft had an oopsie moment and accidentally sent it out to unsupported PCs simultaneously. Remember that this is an opt-in program, so, unfortunately, it didn’t go out to everyone.
It sounds like the update wasn’t available for long and that Microsoft quickly noticed its mistake. The update for unsupported PCs was quickly removed from the servers, and it didn’t go out as an automatic update, either. Only a few hundred lucky Windows Insider Program members likely got it, and it didn’t go out to public users.
According to Windows Latest, Microsoft released a statement and said, “It’s a bug and the right team is investigating it. The requirements have not changed.”
If you installed Windows 11 on an unsupported PC and didn’t expect it, you should still be able to roll back to Windows 10 in the settings menu. That said, if everything works, you might as well enjoy it. For everyone else, here’s what to do if your PC can’t upgrade to Windows 11.