Microsoft may limit Windows 11 updates on older PCs

Last Friday (27), Microsoft clarified doubts about the requirements of Windows 11, alleviating part of Internet users. At the time, the company confirmed that it will be possible to install the upcoming operating system on older computers, as long as alternative methods are used in the process. However, it is still possible that there are more conditions than previously established by the Giant of Redmond.

According to the website The Verge, Microsoft is evaluating not to distribute Windows 11 updates to computers that received the system through means other than Windows Update, such as ISOs. If confirmed, it means that new patches and even drivers will not automatically be received by “divergent” devices, leaving your PC potentially vulnerable.

While Microsoft’s alleged decision may still be a real risk, it’s unlikely the company will limit updates to these devices in the long run — especially given their track record with Windows 7. The Verge, the measure can be understood as a legal protection against devices operating with Windows 11 below the minimum requirements, that is, beyond the guarantee of official functioning.

Users with older processors may run out of official Windows 11 updates via Windows Update.  (Source: Lenharth Systems, StockSnap / Reproduction)Users with older processors may run out of official Windows 11 updates through Windows Update. (Source: Lenharth Systems, StockSnap / Reproduction)Source: Lenharth Systems, StockSnap

However, this does not mean that users will run out of updates, as it will still be possible to get them from the Microsoft directory and install them manually — just like in the “old days”. If the method is unfeasible, the current alternative is the infamous improvement of hardware proposed by the company, which requires at least an 8th Generation processor from Intel or Ryzen 3, from AMD. You can check all supported models by clicking here.

Microsoft Positioning

In a statement sent to TecMundo, the company did not provide clarification on the matter, but said that Windows 10 continues to receive updates until 2025. The company also stressed that the new requirements are aimed at improving the security of Windows 11.

Check the release in full:

“These updated system requirements will enable us to provide a higher quality, safer, more reliable Windows experience for our customers and meet the needs of a diverse and evolving ecosystem. We continue to provide choices to our Windows customers to better serve us to your individual needs, which includes our support of Windows 10 through October 14, 2025.”