When Microsoft first introduced Windows 11, people were surprised to find that the Redmond-based company significantly increased system requirements for the first time in more than a decade. While the new requirement for TPM 2.0 made headlines, the main roadblock to installing the new OS was that it required Intel 8th Gen, AMD Ryzen Zen 2, Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, or newer processors. And now some people who have not met those new requirements are getting prompts to install Windows 11.
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This only happens to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel, as they are testing a brand new update in Windows 11 version 22H2. The Windows Insider Program’s Twitter account has confirmed that this is a bug, and unsurprisingly, Microsoft is not lowering the minimum system requirements for Windows 11.
The way the Release Preview channel works is that you get updates that are expected to be released to the general public eventually. When your system is not eligible for Windows 11, it should instead display a preview of the next update for Windows 10. But since Microsoft recently pushed Windows 11 version 22H2 to the Release Preview channel, it looks like it’s flipped the wrong switch.
Windows 11 version 22H2 will be released this fall. While it’s available to anyone with a supported PC for testing, Microsoft is going to maintain it with cumulative updates for a while before shipping it to the public. For those still on Windows 10, a 22H2 update is still coming. It will be much smaller, in the form of another activation pack. Microsoft has not announced what new features anyone can expect from Windows 10’s new feature update.