Microsoft tightens conditions, brings more restrictions

12. 03. 2024 | Natalie Bezděková

If you have an older computer, you may no longer be able to run Windows 11. With the upcoming update, Microsoft will remove support for older processors. For several years now, the new chips have been equipped with the necessary features, but users with outdated hardware who have been running without problems won’t be able to open the new Windows. This was reported by the Deskmodder portal.

The German site revealed the change in the preview version of the new Windows 11 update with the designation 26063. They found that the system now requires the SSE 4.2 instruction set. It should be noted that the change is not very substantial, because Windows 11 officially supports only Intel Coffee Lake or AMD Ryzen 3000 and newer processors. However, this condition has been circumvented so far and even users with older chips could access the new operating system. However, this will no longer be possible once the limitation to SSE 4.2 is introduced. You simply can’t install the new Windows 11 update, no amount of trickery will help.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a significant restriction from Microsoft towards users. We recently reported on other hardware restrictions that will cause not everyone to be able to run Windows anymore. The reason was the commercial emergence of Microsoft Copilot. Classic computers equipped with this tool in their basic configuration will be referred to as “AI PCs”, which must achieve a computing power of at least 40 TOPS. The first compatible platform is the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite, which meets the necessary hardware requirements (45 TOPS) for a future Windows with a fully integrated Copilot. The AMD Ryzen 8000 series will follow. The latest Intel Meteor Lake chips from December 2023 only offer 34 TOPS, so they won’t be sufficient for the next generation of Windows.

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Natalie Bezděková

I am a student of Master's degree in Political Science. I am interested in marketing, especially copywriting and social media. I also focus on political and social events at home and abroad and technological innovations. My free time is filled with sports, reading and a passion for travel.


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