Windows 11 shows watermark warning on unsupported hardware

You will now see a watermark warning if you're running Windows 11 on unsupported hardware.

System requirements not met
System requirements not met
  • Microsoft to show watermark warning on unsupported hardware.
  • The watermark message reads “System requirements not met. Go to Settings to learn more.”
  • It’s available starting Windows 11 build 22000.588 (KB5011563) and higher.

Microsoft is now forcing a new watermark to let users know that they are using Windows 11 on unsupported hardware. Starting with the update KB5011563 and higher releases, Windows 11 will begin showing a watermark in the bottom-right corner warning users that the hardware is not supported to run the latest version of the OS.

The watermark reads, “System requirements not met. Go to Settings to learn more,” similar to the watermark the company uses for preview builds available in Windows Insider Program. In addition, the same message will be available in the Settings app with a link to get more information about the requirements.

Although Windows 11 increases the hardware requirements to improve the system security, it’s been possible to bypass the TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, and other components with a few workarounds (including a Registry hack posted by Microsoft), to allow many capable computers to upgrade to the latest version of Windows. However, the new warning message further indicates that the company does not want you to use Windows 11 on any hardware configuration.

If you install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware, you can remove the “System requirements not met. Go to Settings to learn more” watermark by turning off the UnsupportedHardwareNotificationCache key in the Registry.

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