Windows 11 Hardware Requirements Fiasco

Grab your popcorn, this is getting good! Microsoft has updated the PC Health Checker tool, because it’s giving out incorrect results, removed conflicting pages on Windows 11 hardware requirements (soft and hard floors) and it appears Windows 11 doesn’t enforce ANY hardware requirements when running from a virtual machine. I finally found the source about Windows 11 not checking hardware requirements for virtual machines as given by the tweet below.

It appears that Microsoft is artificially imposing hardware limits for Windows 11. There could be two things happening here. Either Microsoft is drawing a line in the sand and doesn’t want to support any computers made before August 2017 or they are pushing OEMs to enable TPM 2.0 and UEFI/Secureboot out-of-the-box and then will relax these restrictions sometime in 2022 when Windows 11 adoption numbers fall below expectations.

You have to be thinking that IT departments aren’t very happy right now, being told that Windows 10 was the “last Windows ever” and being able to deploy new versions of Windows 10 via feature upgrades and now possibly they have to wipe and reload everything again to move to Windows 11 because their computers weren’t setup properly for Secureboot/TPM 2.0.

Well, that was quick. Some german guy named Deskmodder found these registry keys to skip the TPM and SecureBoot requirements for Windows 11:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\LabConfig]
"BypassTPMCheck"=dword:00000001
"BypassSecureBootCheck"=dword:00000001

Whether these keys stick around in 2022 is yet to be seen.

  • Soli Deo Gloria

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