Until now, Windows 11 could be installed on a pc that does not meet the minimum requirements, using a series of tricks. Microsoft didn’t stop it. But since the January update, some users have started seeing an ugly watermark in it desk, reminding them that they do not meet the minimum requirements. It cannot be removed.
The launch of Windows 11, a little over a year ago, was highly controversial. The minimum requirements were more or less accessible, except for one condition: the presence of the security chip TPM 2.0.
This chip is only present in PCs sold in the last 5 or 6 years, leaving out hundreds of millions of computers. It can be installed on the motherboard, but you have to spend money to buy it, and open the PC. It is not a simple task.
Windows 11 and the watermark on old PCs
As is always the case, users managed to bypass this requirement, and install Windows 11 on old PCs without TPM 2.0 chip.
This is how you can do it:
Until now, Microsoft had looked the other wayand allowed these “unofficial” installations, although it had warned that they were not responsible for possible failures in computers that do not meet the requirements.
But everything indicates that this is going to end. As reported by the blog Windows Lastest, from the January update of Windows 11users who have a pc that does not meet the minimum requirements have begun to see an ugly watermark in the lower right corner of the desktop:
Windows 11 It still works without any problems, but the watermark is quite annoying. especially if you do screenshots either you record videos. And it can’t be removed.
Strangest of all, it’s also shown up for people who have a laptop that they bought with Windows 11 pre-installed, so they qualify. The problem could be due to a BIOS update let there be disabled TPM 2.0 chip. It can be reactivated from the BIOS itself.
At the moment it is watermark in the old PCs with Windows 11 that they do not have the TPM 2.0 chip or do not meet other requirements, it is not appearing to everyone. But most likely Microsoft may be turning it on in waves as computers receive the January update.