Windows 11 Watermark Warning for Unsupported Hardware

Microsoft is testing something sure to upset users who have installed Windows 11 on unsupported PCs. Some users report a watermark that reminds them that their PC doesn’t meet Windows 11’s specs.

The minimum system requirements for Windows 11 have created a lot of frustrations, considering that Microsoft needed TPM support. This leaves many users unable to install the operating system officially, however, Microsoft did make it possible to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs which let more people sample the latest version of the OS.

Microsoft is now placing a watermark on unsupported PCs running Windows 11, warning them that their PC doesn’t have the required specifications. It’s similar to the watermark that would appear if you run the OS without activating it, but it reads “System requirements not met” and appears above the taskbar clock alongside the pre-release build number.

System requirements not met message for windows 11

Those who use an unregistered version of Windows will be familiar with these sorts of watermarks. However, that particular ‘Activate Windows’ warning is slightly transparent and less noticeable. Also, the hardware warning doesn’t appear on top of open apps and web browsers like the unregistered watermark, nor does it limit any features — at least not yet.
Additionally, there’s a “System requirements not met” warning in the Settings app that also has a link to “Learn More.”

Thankfully, these warnings are just warnings for now. Microsoft isn’t stopping users from running Windows 11 or looking to cause any of their users to have a bad experience. So, if you’re running Windows 11 on an unsupported PC and you see this warning appear on your desktop, you can safely ignore it.

We’ll have to wait and see if Microsoft starts doing anything else to enforce its Windows 11 system requirements which is at least an Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake or Zen+ and Zen 2 CPU.

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