How is it considered one of the 15-year-old Pentium 4 compatible processors when even a 7th generation i7 processor is not enough to install Windows 11?
Many of us agree that some of the Windows 11 system requirements that Microsoft requires are very strict. The basic requirements seem quite reasonable, but the additional need for technologies such as TPM 2.0, Secure Boot makes the transition to Windows 11 impossible for many people, even those with several generations of older CPUs. For example, even Intel’s 7th generation i7 processor is a reason not to reach Windows 11. This is explained by the fact that these slightly older CPUs do not contain Mod-Based Execution (MBE) and therefore lose performance when running Virtualization-Based Security (VBS).
Microsoft is adamant that these additional requirements are necessary for the world-class security that Windows 11 offers its users. The firm also has an app called PC Health Check, which allows users to see if their system meets minimum requirements. The app is an easy-to-use solution so that people do not have to look at system features to check Windows 11 compatibility.
Bizarrely, as discovered by Carlos S.M. Computers, a YouTuber, the PC Health Check app believes that Intel’s Pentium 4 is a processor officially powered by Windows 11. You can see this in the screenshot below.
The YouTuber apparently uses Pentium 4 661, a CPU released in 2006 that lacks an MBE. It’s also not even a true dual-core, as it’s a single-core processor with hyper-threads that mimic the dual core. But Microsoft’s PC Health Check app doesn’t seem to understand this. Still, it’s odd that even the lack of an MBE goes unnoticed.
Interestingly, even WhyNotWin11, a third-party application that people use to check Windows 11 compatibility, manages to mark Pentium 4 661 as one of the unsupported processors.