Windows 11 22H2 may have even stricter hardware requirements

While Windows 11 has somewhat draconian hardware requirements, some of them still can be bypassed. You could still install the stable Windows 11 version on officially unsupported devices. However, the upcoming Windows 11 22H2 may change the game.


The German website dr Windows,  with reference to one of its readers, reports that Windows 11 running on an unsupported PC can now longer receive the latest Beta build.

The Beta channel just received its first 22H2 build, build 22581, which is also available in the Dev channel. This allows Insiders to quickly switch between the channels. In the change log, the Redmond firm mentions global availability of the updated taskbar, minor cosmetic changes and several general improvements.

However, the change log doesn't include any note of the changed upgrade behavior. Now, if your device doesn't include TPM or fails to meet other hardware requirements, you won't get the latest build even in the Beta channel.

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According to the source, the affected device was flawlessly receiving updates until now. So, if you are running Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, be ready to not get the 22H2 update.

Windows 11 version 22H2 will be a major release that will bring many improvements and new features to the OS. To name a few:

  • Folders in the Start Menu
  • A customizable layout for the Pinned Apps area in the Start Menu
  • Drag-n-drop of files to the taskbar
  • System tray improvements
  • Integration of "Focus Assist" with "Notification Center"
  • Windows Spotlight as desktop wallpaper
  • Voice control
  • "Live Subtitles"
  • New taskbar interface for tablets
  • Updated Task Manager
  • Improved OneDrive and File Explorer integration
  • Numerous UI improvements

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

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7 thoughts on “Windows 11 22H2 may have even stricter hardware requirements”

  1. Bruh, Windows 11 is likely Vista 2.0, if the OS is not buggy, they add restrictions on some machines that *can only* run Windows 10 (1803 and later) but not older/unsupported Windows version.

    1. People are happy at least with Windows 10 if their machine wasn’t meet the system requirements 11 have. Some enterprise might already migrated to Windows 10 and few on 11, since paid security patches for dead Windows 7 until 2023 was too costly than buying multiple Pro/Enterprise license key, or depending if they had MS 365 subscription.

  2. Wasn’t that a thing ever since the “beta testing” period of the initial release? What am I missing here?

    1. You’ve made a good choice. Leave the ship before it sinks!

      Unfortunately, most of the people will stay with Windows. You’ve probably heard of sheep and wolves? I left Windows a long time ago but have had a Windows PC up in case I need to do something with Windows. I’ve just gotten more and more annoyed with Windows lately.

      GNU/Linux works well today. Games and stuff are starting to work well too (not all) but many. I use Debian myself. Stable and does not change too often. That’s exactly how I want it!

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