Windows 11 22H2, the first major update to the operating system, was recently released for those in the Release Preview Channel. While the update has already reached RTM stage, it won’t go live for unsupported hardware as Microsoft continues to push its processors and TPM 2.0 campaign.
In a rather unexpected move, Microsoft started offering Windows 11 22H2 on unsupported hardware, giving many an indication that Microsoft is willing to remove the hardware requirements. In a statement, Microsoft clarified that it inadvertently released the operating system for incompatible devices and is actively investigating it.
Although the update appears to have been removed, it will still show up for those with incapable hardware and users will be able to actually download it. If you are offered Windows 11 22H2 and you know that the device is not eligible, you should avoid the update for now, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft claims that installing Windows 11 22H2 simply won’t work on unsupported hardware unless you change the registry settings. Sure, you can download the update and even go through the installation screens, but the update won’t apply to your device, as confirmed by Jen Gentleman of the Windows Insider program.
“We are investigating an Insider issue where the Windows 11, version 22H2 banner is displayed for ineligible PCs and will be resolved. Choosing to install will result in an error,” Microsoft noted:†
Many users told us that they could not apply Windows 11 22H2 after successfully downloading it, while others with unsupported hardware said that they could install the update without any problems.
As mentioned at the beginning, Microsoft has already taken steps to prevent the update from appearing on incompatible devices. If you still see it when you check for updates, it’s better to ignore the notification as it won’t work.