Microsoft is moving forward with plans to issue a warning to Windows 11 customers who have installed the operating system on hardware that isn’t supported. In a new update to Windows 11, a watermark has appeared on the desktop wallpaper for unsupported systems; alongside a similar warning on the landing page of the settings app.
Microsoft had been testing these changes for the past month; but they’re now rolling out to Release Preview users, just days before a full release to all Windows 11 users. While the addition of a watermark isn’t included in Microsoft’s “improvements” list for this update, testers have observed it.
If Windows 11 is installed on hardware that isn’t supported; a new desktop watermark will appear that says “System requirements not satisfied…”. To learn more, go to settings.” It’s comparable to the semi-transparent watermark that appears in Windows if you haven’t activated the OS, although it’s far less noticeable.
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Microsoft’s minimal hardware requirements for Windows 11 have been circumvented; allowing the operating system to be installed without restriction. Windows 11 only officially supports Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake or Zen+ and Zen 2 CPUs and above; due to the contentious hardware requirements, leaving millions of PCs behind. This warning will now appear in Windows 11 for anyone who applied the workaround.
This is not the first time Microsoft has taken such a step
Similar warnings have been used by Microsoft in the past for unactivated versions of Windows, and features like dark mode, personalization settings, and themes cannot be changed until the system is activated. Microsoft doesn’t appear to be experimenting with any such feature limits, and the desktop watermark can most certainly be turned off with registry tweaks.
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