From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to All on Mon Mar 21 21:35:28 2022
FGAZ 18-07 Page 3 21 Mar 2022
unsupported hardware won't be entitled to updates, though when and how
that cutoff is decided remains unclear, as this feature would have
been pointless had that time already come.
It's also worth noting that, as previously reported by The Register,
hardware requirement checks on Windows 11 are only performed when
upgrading a PC from Windows 10, and it's those instances where the
bypass comes in, and where warnings will start to appear.
Fresh Windows 11 installations from an ISO file don't check for
hardware requirements, so if you're willing to start fresh you might
be able to avoid this entire kerfuffle.
Unless, that is, Microsoft is adding that watermark to all systems,
even those with a fresh installation that didn't experience a hardware
check with a prior version of Windows 11.