Windows 11 shows a ‘system requirements not met’ warning on unsupported PCs

April 3, 2022 0 Comments

In addition to the “This copy of Windows is not genuine” and “Assessment copy” watermarks, Microsoft is adding a new “system requirements not met” warning in Windows 11 if you do not use prerequisite hardware.

Windows 11 has a controversial set of minimum system requirements during setup, such as the presence of a supported processor, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, as well as an Internet connection and a Microsoft account. Although the company has updated the prerequisites several times, it still does not cover older machines on the market that might otherwise run well. However, with some solutions, you can still get it working and the experience so far has been at least passable. However, with the latest Windows 11 update, Microsoft will start bothering you with a “system requirements not met” watermark asking you to upgrade your PC.

Windows 11 “System requirements not met” message: What does this mean?

Windows 11 PC Health Check

Microsoft has started harassing its users with the “11 system not met” watermark on the Windows 11 desktop. The line will appear in the bottom right corner, just above the taskbar.

This means you may not have a Windows 11 PC with the following system hardware:

  • 1 GHz or faster with a compatible 64-bit processor or a chip (SoC) system with 2 or more cores.
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB or larger storage device
  • UEFI, secure boot enabled
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Compatible with DirectX 12 or later WDDM 2.0 drivers
  • High definition (720p) display that is more than 9 “diagonal, 8 bits per color channel
  • The first use of Windows 11 Home Edition requires an Internet connection and a Microsoft account to complete device setup.

Either you know the status of your device or you can verify your eligibility using PC Health Checkup Tool or better WhyNotWin11. You can also check the list of compatible CPUs from Microsoft.

Now, if you do not meet the requirements of the so-called system, you will be notified if they are not met. When you start Windows 11 Build 22000.588 (beta), you will see the above warning. It may soon appear in stable Windows 11 as well. It is reminiscent of other Windows watermarks, such as “this copy of Windows is not original” and “evaluation copy”. If any of these phrases are hardcoded on your Windows desktop, expect new messages in the same area, probably above these other lines.

Watermark does not meet Windows 11 system requirements  Source: Xenopanther (Twitter)

Watermark does not meet Windows 11 system requirements Source: Xenopanther (Twitter)

The full message is – “System requirements not met. Go to settings to learn more” and if you go to the settings app, you will see the same warning there.

So, either you can bypass the tattooed desktop or upgrade to a newer PC that supports the basic system requirements of Windows 11. Also, there are other ways just as the clever Windows community can come up with some hacks to remove this watermark. Similar warnings.

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