Microsoft has confirmed that only computers are becoming Windows 11, even though this decision has been rather controversial, the company has since been working around the clock, trying to figure out if more PCs with older processors could handle the brand new OS.
Even though some small updates to the list of supported processors happen to be indeed released, Microsoft determined that older CPUs come with an increased likelihood of crashes on Windows 11.
This isn’t necessarily surprising, and Microsoft says one of the reasons may be the old driver support that’s particularly troublesome on a modern operating-system like Windows 11.
“Maintaining reliability over time is highly correlated with OEM and IHV driver support. The processors supported on Windows 11 are within OEM and IHV support and use modern (DCH) drivers. The move to modern drivers enables drivers and associated software to become installed and serviced inside a coordinated manner through Windows Update and provides better mechanisms for tracking driver health,” the company explained.
Increased likelihood of BSODs
The information collected from PCs running builds within the Windows Insider program managed to get pretty obvious there’s a major chance of BSODs when they run the new operating-system.
“The result of this coordination is that system drivers are properly installed and functional after updates, providing a dependable experience when upgraded to Windows 11. From Windows Insider machines, the ones that did not satisfy the minimum system requirements had 52% more kernel mode crashes (blue screens) compared to those that did meet the requirements. Machines that met the requirements provided a 99.8% crash-free experience that’s effectively managed by OEMs and IHVs through modern driver update management. Additionally, on unsupported hardware app hangs are 17% more likely and for first-party apps we see 43% more crashes,” it says.
Windows 11 has already been within the final development stages, because the OS ought to be signed off in September and then shipped towards the first waves of production devices starting with October.
The rollout to eligible computers would also continue into 2022.