Windows 11

Windows 11 hardware requirements change again

I walked through all of the Windows 11 hardware requirements in my previous post, and I thought that was the last we’d have to look at that for a while. But I was wrong — there’s been another change. At least it’s not for this Windows 11 release, but it will likely be in next year’s release.

To see the details of that change, you need to look at the edited Windows Insider blog post. It was originally posted on September 15th, but updated on the 16th to include this additional text:

  • [ADDED 9/16] This build includes a change that aligns the enforcement of the Windows 11 system requirements on Virtual Machines (VMs) to be the same as it is for physical PCs. Previously created VMs running Insider Preview builds may not update to the latest preview builds. In Hyper-V, VMs need to be created as a Generation 2 VM. Running Windows 11 in VMs in other virtualization products from vendors such as VMware and Oracle will continue to work as long as the hardware requirements are met. For more details on the Windows 11 system requirements – see this blog post here.

So much for the note in my original blog post that said “virtual machines are excluded from pretty much all of these requirements.” Weirdly, these changes appear to only apply to Hyper-V, although the “continue to work as long as the hardware requirements are met” note about VMware and VirtualBox leaves even that a bit squishy. For example, do you have to use UEFI with VMware or VirtualBox? (I suspect a lot of people have accidentally created VMs in those without using UEFI.) Time will tell — maybe we’ll be able to figure that out with the Insider builds when they start enforcing new rules. Or maybe we’ll have to wait for the new Windows 11 release in 2022.