With the right tweaks, it’s always been possible to run Windows 11 on devices that don’t meet the minimum specs, but Microsoft is now taking this practice more seriously. Just a month after banner messages first appeared for select Windows Insiders running the operating system on unsupported PCs, Microsoft is now sending larger warning messages to Windows Insiders regarding the matter.
Reportedly, the latest Windows Insider Beta and Release Preview builds of Windows 11 will add a watermark to the desktop reading: System requirements not met, go to settings for more information. This latest move by Microsoft has been confirmed by multiple Twitter users, one of them shared the screenshot below. Microsoft has not confirmed the rollout of the changelog messages, but Custom Hour did notice it on one of our unsupported systems.
It’s important to note that the messages don’t appear on top of apps like the watermark for running an unlicensed version of Windows would. It only sends people to go to the Settings app, which has a Learn More link that directs users to Microsoft’s support website for help with unsupported Windows 11 installations. In our case, TPM was turned off, so we get to see the message. But directly from Windows, Microsoft offers no advice on how to solve this particular problem
The message is still remarkable. This is because even more people outside of the Windows Insider program on unsupported PCs could see it soon. Based on the past, it could very well be a few more weeks or months before those beta versions of Windows 11 reach regular Windows 11 users. Of course, if Microsoft doesn’t change its mind like it did with the recent controversy over “ads” and tips in the Windows 11 Explorer.
In the past, Microsoft has prevented Windows users from modifying certain aspects of PCs if Windows is not activated. However, there is no indication yet whether this will happen for unsupported PCs. Registry tweaks can also be used to remove this new watermark, although we don’t recommend doing so as it could damage or damage your PC to the point where it may need repair.