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Microsoft accidentally releases Windows 11 for unsupported PCs

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With the release of Windows 11 22H2 just around the corner, the tech giant continues to push the hardware requirements it announced last year, seemingly confirming that it still has no intention of greening out devices with older processors or without TPM 2.0.

Earlier today, members of the Windows Insider program got a pleasant surprise, as Microsoft (accidentally) released the next feature update for everyone in the Release Preview. For those who don’t know, Windows 11 is not available on unsupported PCs, even if you participate in the Insider program.

On Tuesday, Microsoft released the Windows 11 22H2 to the Release Preview Channel, confirming that the next major update to Windows is now one step closer to a wider public rollout in the fall. The update includes Mica for Win32 apps, drag and drop, a better Start menu, a new Task Manager and more.

But not so long after releasing the feature update in the Release Preview Channel, some users started getting the update on their unsupported PCs. As you can see in the screenshot below, a notification for “version 22H2” appeared on both unsupported Windows 10 and Windows 11 machines enrolled in the Release Preview Channel.

Windows 11 unsupported hardware

Users on reddit revealed that their unsupported devices were treated to the RTM build of Windows 11 22H2, but it appears that Microsoft accidentally pushed the update and didn’t really change the requirements.

Based on reports, it appears that the update has now been removed from the servers for unsupported hardware and has not been downloaded automatically on a device set up as part of the Windows Insider program.

First, even if you are part of the Release Preview Channel with an unsupported PC, Windows 10 will not start downloading the feature update immediately. Version 22H2 is completely optional and users will have to go through one or more prompts before they can start the installation process.

Microsoft says the rollout was a mistake

It’s very uncommon for Microsoft to accidentally push an update to devices, and unfortunately that doesn’t mean Windows 11 is now supported on more PCs.

In a statement, a Microsoft official has tried to clarify things by stating that there are no plans to change the requirements.

“It’s a bug and the right team is looking into it,” Microsoft noted. “The requirements have not changed”.

It’s also worth noting that most Windows devices are not part of the Insider program and the accidental release of Windows 11 22h2 today was not an issue.

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