Do I Use Windows Which Doesn't Support My Processor?

Bartosz Jakubowski 21 Reputation points
2021-10-07T17:59:54.197+00:00

Hello!

Windows PC Health Check told me Windows 11 doesn't support Intel Core i5-4460. However, I discovered here (https://learn.microsoft.com/pl-pl/windows-hardware/design/minimum/windows-processor-requirements) that Windows 10 doesn't support the same processor either, I mean there's no such processor on Supported Intel Processors list... and I have Windows 10. How's that even possible?

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  1. Limitless Technology 39,506 Reputation points
    2021-10-08T09:54:25.97+00:00

    Hello,

    Microsoft will not prevent users to install Windows 11 on unsupported devices but as explained in one of their articles: “If you choose to install Windows 11 on ineligible hardware, you should be comfortable assuming the risk of running into compatibility issues,” Meaning that Microsoft can't guarantee the perfect functioning in the totality of the product, but depends on the usage of each system it may work or not. Meaning that if you plan to use Outlook, Office, and browse internet, most likely you will not have issues, but if you plan to code applications, use DirectX, or .NET it may fail, as well other components.

    More details: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/installing-windows-11-on-devices-that-don-t-meet-minimum-system-requirements-0b2dc4a2-5933-4ad4-9c09-ef0a331518f1


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  1. Docs 15,491 Reputation points
    2021-10-07T19:35:29.05+00:00

    End users can use RAM that is not on the computer or motherboard supported list.

    In a similar fashion end users can use CPU that are not on the supported list.

    The supported lists are typically tested.

    Unsupported (or not on the list) typically indicates that the hardware was not tested.

    So end users can install Windows 11 on computers that have non supported CPU.

    This then creates an uncertain environment using non-supported hardware: It may or may not have performance issues.

    For Windows 11 those using unsupported hardware may not get all Windows updates and may have performance problems (it's unsupported or untested)

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  2. Bartosz Jakubowski 21 Reputation points
    2021-10-08T06:20:12.577+00:00

    Hello!

    Thank you so much for the reply! ^^ I guess I need to download Windows 11 without the assistant then as it forbids me to do that (I have three options for downloading Windows 11), right?

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  3. Docs 15,491 Reputation points
    2021-10-08T06:40:14.347+00:00

    You're welcome.

    See these links:

    https://www.elevenforum.com/t/clean-install-windows-11.99/
    https://www.elevenforum.com/t/download-official-windows-11-iso-file-from-microsoft.1009/
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows11

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