Despite Microsoft’s claims that Windows 11 was designed for newer machines, creative users continue to demonstrate that Microsoft’s latest operating system can be run on most computers. This time, a Twitter user was able to install and run Windows 11 on an Intel Pentium 4-powered system.
The news broke when Twitter user Carlos S.M. posted screenshots, and later a video, of his Windows 11 computer. The video includes benchmarks that show how old each component is, beginning with the 15-year-old processor.
To be clear, this isn’t just a low-cost PC; it belongs in a museum. The specifications clearly show how old it is. It was first released in 2006 and has an Intel Pentium 4 661 processor that runs at 3.6GHz. The chip has only one core, which is less than the bare minimum set by Microsoft.
This build’s CPU isn’t the only thing that has seen better days. The system has 4GB of DDR2 RAM running at 800MHz. That’s right, DDR2 was introduced in 2003. This is paired with an Asus P5Q motherboard from 2008. The PC does, however, include two much more modern components: an Nvidia GeForce GT 710 graphics card (2016) and a 120GB SSD.
Despite all odds, Carlos S.M. was able to successfully install Windows 11 using the Windows 10 PE installer. The video shows that booting the system and navigating the settings menu takes a long time — not surprising given that some components are approaching their 16th birthday. Several programs, including CPU-Z, a modern benchmarking tool, were still able to run on the system.
Installing Windows 11 on an Intel Pentium 4 661 should not have been possible. According to Microsoft’s support documentation, the new operating system requires at least a dual-core CPU with a clock speed of 1GHz or higher. Although the Intel Pentium 4 661 only meets the clock requirement, the processor was still accepted by the Windows 11 PC Health tool.
One of Microsoft’s primary requirements for running Windows 11 is that the PC have TPM 2.0, a security feature that is only available on newer machines. The company released a complete list of supported processors, which only goes back to Intel Coffee Lake (launched in 2017) and AMD Ryzen 2000. (released in 2018). Understandably, this led many people to believe that their PC would be unable to run Windows 11, but it now appears that this will not be the case.
Although Microsoft has provided workarounds for installing Windows 11 on older computers, the company has warned that the operating system may not be eligible for updates. Carlos S.M. was able to install updates as scheduled, demonstrating that Windows 11 does not require a high-end PC to run.