Sunday, February 25, 2024

Computers that won't run Windows 11

Next year, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10. If you don't have any Windows 10 computers, you don't need to worry about that. But, if you run Windows 10, and if your computer won't install and run Windows 11, you have a very big problem.

Your options are to buy a new computer, use an unsupported hack to install Windows 11 anyway (there are many reasons to not do this), or to switch to another operating system.

Recently, a new requirement for Windows 11 emerged, but in this case, I don't think it's that big of a deal. Here's a video about the new requirement:


This specific requirement isn't a really big deal for most people. However, as the video said, this could simply be the first of changes that will impact more and more older computers.

The reason this isn't that big of a deal is that this new requirement only impacts computers over 15 years old. It's probably time for an upgrade.

That's easy enough to say, but not everyone can afford to use an older computer. What then?

  • Continue to run an unsupported system, which is a serious concern.
  • Install another operating sytem that will run on the older hardware:
    • Linux
    • ChromeOS

There really aren't any other options. And for a device that old, ChromeOS may not be the way to go. Another version of Linux might be the best option, if you want to keep using the old hardware.

My Streaming Life doesn't extend to really old computer hardware. But I really do understand the desire to keep older hardware running, and not simply toss it in a landfill.

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