Owners of incompatible hardware will have to stay on Windows 10. Microsoft has made it clear that current methods to bypass RAM, TPM, and processor limitations to upgrade to Windows 11 will not work on unsupported computers.
Windows 11 is currently available for testing, and members of the Windows Insider program can download early preview builds of the new system. A stable build of Windows 11 is due out later this year. Users of Windows 10 and even earlier Windows systems will be able to upgrade for free, but only if their device is compatible with Windows 11.
For Windows 11, Microsoft has tightened the minimum system requirements. Owners of incompatible hardware will have to stay on Windows 10. New system requirements will especially hit users of older laptops and computers. Redmond has made it clear that all upgrade paths to Windows 11 will be blocked for users with unsupported hardware.
Microsoft will be able to determine device compatibility using telemetry data, and Windows Update will tell you if Windows 11 can be installed on your device. Most likely, an alert for Windows 11 compatibility issues will appear directly in Windows Update or in the Windows Update Management Tools for enterprises.
Unlike Windows 10 Update Blocks, users won’t be able to bypass the restrictions using Group Policy.