Software Update: WhyNotWin11 2.4.0

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Microsoft plans to release Windows 11 at the end of this year. The new Windows has certain system requirements and Microsoft had made available an unclear tool that indicated whether the computer met them or not, but has since taken it offline to improve it. Developer Robert C. Maehl has created a program called WhyNotWin11 that makes all this much more insightful. WhyNotWin11 is open source and a single executable, so no installation is required. By the way, be careful with the website, it is not from the maker himself. Below is the changelog of version 2.4.0:

2.4.0 comes with the following changes:

  • Clean up Code
  • Updated Language Files
  • Fixed Command Line Switches (see below and WhyNotWin11.exe /?)
  • Added New Supported Intel Processors
  • Re-Added Cross for Failed Checks for Accessibility
  • Removed “Unsure” Result for CPUs now that Microsoft testing is complete
  • Added Note that WIndows 11 can be installed, but not updated to, if you completely delete your existing Windows 10 data

Note from the Programmer:

Microsoft’s Business team has confirmed that Windows 11 can be installed on old hardware! The only thing you have to do is COMPLETELY WIPE your old Windows 10 install and install a clean version of Windows 11. Additionally, it appears Microsoft will be releasing a reasonably clear version of the PC Health Check tool “soon”, and I expect popularity or this project to die off. If you need a feature that the new check tool doesn’t have, please create an issue so I can try to fill any remaining niches!

Version number 2.4.0
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Website WhyNotWin11
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License type GPL
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