No new PC needed: Windows 11 runs on a 15-year-old Intel Pentium 4 chip
Microsoft primarily told consumers that Windows 11 is for new PCs. However, a user uploaded a video that shows that the operating system can actually run on a 15-year-old Intel Pentium 4 chip.
Last week, Twitter user “Carlos SM” job screenshots of his Pentium 4 PC running Windows 11. He then followed a video and performance tests to verify that his machine was using the single-core Pentium chip with only 4GB of DDR2 RAM.
To install the operating system on the system, Carlos SM said he used a Windows 10 PE installer, which can be used to deploy or repair Windows through a USB drive. “Windows 11 is installed in MBR (Master Boot Record) / Legacy Boot mode, no EFI emulation is involved,” he added.
Of course, the OS runs a bit slow on the Pentium 4 chip. Nonetheless, this shows that Windows 11 can easily run on ten year old hardware, even though Microsoft is selectively deploying the operating system to newer PCs.
According to NotebookCheck.net, the demo makes a mockery of the system requirements for Windows 11, which has irritated consumers since the operating system was first revealed in June.
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Officially, Microsoft has said that a PC must have a new security feature called TPM 2.0 to run Windows 11. To highlight this point, the company has released a list of eligible processors, and processors don’t go back until the end of 2017. However, the company also quietly acknowledged that older PCs without TPM 2.0 can run Windows 11 – as long as the user decides to manually install the operating system on their machine. Microsoft itself has published instructions on how to bypass the TPM 2.0 requirement. It will also prevent a Windows 11 installation from checking which processor family the computer is running.
If you install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, Microsoft warns that your PC may not be eligible to receive automatic updates. But apparently Carlos SM had no problem receiving updates for his own Pentium PC. “Windows Update still works on this machine and even installed Patch Tuesday,” Carlos SM said in a follow-up. Tweeter.
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