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Windows 11 is here, and lots of people are looking to run it on their unsupported PCs. Microsoft said that it wouldn’t provide updates to Windows 11 users on unsupported computers, but it turns out the company has released its most recent patches, though that may not happen in the future.

Microsoft said that unsupported PCs wouldn’t be entitled to updates, but it didn’t specifically say that they wouldn’t be able to download them despite a lack of entitlement. Microsoft had its first Patch Tuesday since the Windows 11 launch, and while the update may have made the issues with AMD processors worse, people with unsupported PCs could download and install them on their PCs.

Many people speculated that Microsoft would end up offering the updates to unsupported computers, and the company was just saying people wouldn’t be entitled to cover itself from a legal standpoint so it could withhold them if it wanted to.

Before you go out and install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC, thinking you’ll receive updates forever, keep in mind that Microsoft could decide to withhold updates at any time since the company did say that unsupported PCs wouldn’t be entitled to updates. That leaves the door open for Microsoft to stop updating those PCs, which could leave them open to security issues and other problems.

Of course, we’re not saying to avoid Windows 11 on unsupported PCs. If your system can run Windows 11 without issue, then that’s great; just remember that you could stop receiving updates at any time, which could be bad for the long-term health of your PC.

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Dave LeClair was the News Editor for How-To Geek. He is now a Mobile Analyst for PCMag. Dave started writing about technology more than 10 years ago. He's written articles for publications like MakeUseOf, Android Authority, Digital Trends, and plenty of others. He's also appeared in and edited videos for various YouTube channels around the web.
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