Windows 11 runs like a charm on old PCs

Old PC

Expected. The Windows 11 build that recently leaked is a great opportunity to not just test the new OS, it is also a good way to figure out if your computer can run the next Windows.

And as it turns out, you very much can.

Microsoft has gone the distance in making sure that Windows 11 feels like home on old hardware, as one might expect the company to do. After all, the operating platform has made a name for itself when it comes to backwards compatibility on both the hardware and software fronts.

Proof, they say, is in the pudding.

And someone has tried a simple experiment to get to it.

Windows 11 has been installed on a 2007 computer that housed an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ processor and just 4GB of RAM. And though installing the upcoming OS on such an old system required some tweaks to deal with TPM and UEFI, it did run on this old hardware, and it ran dandy.

As you can see for yourself:

That said, if you have such an old hardware, you may need to disable some services to boost the performance of your system, including features like Windows Defender to free up resources. But it can absolutely be done.

Obviously, it is too early to discuss system requirements and everything else right now, given the fact that the new OS has not even been announced officially.

But in theory, Windows 11 should technically run on all systems where its predecessor was already running. And that can always be a good thing.