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I7 processors and Windows 11 incompatibility

I have desktops and and laptops with the I7 processor. For those of you who are not familiar with "planned obsolesce" or deals and steals between companies, this is a classic example. Microsoft certainly has the capability of supporting the quad processors (especially at the higher speed), but doesn't want to. Intel and Microsoft have certainly had meetings and conversations around this issue. For Intel, not supporting the I7 means their customers will have to buy new computers if they want to run Windows 11. My advise, don't buy another Intel computer, buy AMD, they seem to all be compatible (look at the compatibility chart - maybe Microsoft and AMD have a "special deal?"). For Microsoft, not supporting a WHOLE LINE of computers will mean more sales of their software. Essentially, we are all being abused by Intel and Microsoft. Maybe a move to Apple is now more appropriate than in the past, though migrating will be a pain.

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End users can use Apple or Linus or Windows 11.

Windows 11 can be installed on most computer in a supported or unsupported fashion.

The Windows update assistant is programmed to check for supported and unsupported parameters.

If it detects unsupported parameters the upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will fail.


The registry and files can be modified so that the Windows update assistant does not detect unsupported parameters.


Alternatively a clean install can be performed on most computers.

This includes desktops, laptops, and tablets.

The clean install method does not test for supported or unsupported parameters.


Supported computer installations are designed to have significantly improved performance, security, and reliability.

Unsupported computers may not benefit from these improvements.

In addition unsupported computers may have problems with either or both Windows and Microsoft Defender updates.


There are many websites reporting the successful upgrades on computers with unsupported parameters.

And there are many websites reporting the successful clean install of Windows 11 on computers that would have failed to upgrade from Windows 10 to 11.


So each end user must weigh the risk and benefits.


Windows 10 will be fully supported for approximately 4 more years:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/windows-10-home-and-pro
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/faq/windows


These links may be useful:
https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/08/27/update-on-windows-11-minimum-system-requirements-and-the-pc-health-check-app/
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ways-to-install-windows-11-e0edbbfb-cfc5-4011-868b-2ce77ac7c70e


To send feedback to Microsoft please use the feedback hub:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/send-feedback-to-microsoft-with-the-feedback-hub-app-f59187f8-8739-22d6-ba93-f66612949332

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