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Windows 11 runs on a 15-year-old Intel Pentium computer


Amid Microsoft claims that Windows 11 was designed for newer machines, creative users continue to prove that you can run Microsoft’s latest operating system on most computers. This time a Twitter user successfully installed and run Windows 11 on an Intel Pentium 4 system.

The news emerged when Twitter user Carlos SM posted screenshots, and later a video, of his computer running Windows 11. The video includes references that prove the age of all components, starting with the 15-year-old processor.

To clarify: it’s not just a low budget PC, it almost belongs in a museum. The specs clearly prove how old it is. It has an Intel Pentium 4,661 processor running at 3.6 GHz and first released in 2006. The chip has only one core, which is below the minimum that Microsoft is trying to impose.

It’s not just the processor that has passed its retirement in this version. The computer has 4 GB of DDR2 RAM operating at 800 MHz. That’s right – DDR2, first released in 2003. This is combined with an Asus P5Q motherboard, released in 2008. There are two much more modern components, however, as the PC includes an Nvidia GeForce GT 710 graphics card ( 2016) and a 120 GB SSD.

Against all odds, Carlos SM managed to successfully install Windows 11 using Windows 10 PE installer. The video shows that booting up the system, as well as navigating the settings menu, takes a long time, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise given that some components are nearing their 16th birthday. The system still managed to run several programs, including CPU-Z, a modern benchmarking tool.

Technically, installing Windows 11 on Intel Pentium 4661 should not have been possible. Microsoft’s support documentation states that the new operating system requires at least a dual-core processor with a clock of 1 GHz or greater. Intel Pentium 4,661 only meets the clock requirement, but the processor was still accepted by the Windows 11 PC Health tool.

One of Microsoft’s main requirements to run Windows 11 is that the PC must have TPM 2.0, a security feature that is only present on newer machines. The company has shared a full list of supported processors, and it only goes back to Intel Coffee Lake (launched 2017) and AMD Ryzen 2000 (released 2018). Naturally, this has led many people to believe that their PCs cannot run Windows 11 at all, but now it looks like it won’t.

Although Microsoft has released workarounds for installing Windows 11 on older computers, the company has warned that the operating system may not be eligible to install updates. Carlos SM was able to install the updates as expected, once again demonstrating that Windows 11 doesn’t require a top-notch PC to run.

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