Surprisingly, it looks like Microsoft will not put an upgrade block on installations done on a device using Intel’s Pentium 4 661, which was released in 2006 and obviously doesn’t meet all Windows 11 requirements.
As you can see in the above screenshot, Intel Pentium 4 661, which has only one core and 3.6Ghz of clock speed, is listed as a supported processor in the PC Health Check. That’s possibly because Microsoft forgot to update the strings needed to reflect “unsupported status” in the PC Health Check Tool for this particular Intel family.
Disregarding artificial barriers, Windows will run on pretty much any x86 processor – and Windows 11 is no different. You really don’t actually want to, but it does form the base of a cottage community of people trying to get modern Windows releases to run on the oldest possible hardware, which is always a fun exercise.
When someone tells you who they are believe them. By taking a swipe Microsoft showed who they are. Unless I see deep and meaningful proof of Microsoft’s contrition Windows 10 five year update support is a countdown to Windows coming off my systems for good. It’s a hard divorce.
I’ve seen it all before. Yes I know some edgelords and wannabes get a thrill off hacking Windows 10 to work but this is a losing proposition, Ditto Microsoft being the gatekeeper for secure boot and all the other nasty tricks which make running multiple OS a nightmare. Microsoft even tried to smash the open standards OpenGL and Vulkan.
The US are not reliable allies. Having destroyed the UK and mainland European IT and comms idustries then getting Europe to subsidise their shift from the Atlantic to Pacific you’d think people would have wised up.
Don’t buy American. Don’t buy Chinese either for their human rights abuses. Nor post-Brexit UK for the same reasons.