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Windows 11 to display watermark and warnings when installed on unsupported hardware

Windows already plasters a watermark on your screen if you are running an unlicensed version of the OS, but soon, you may also get stuck with a watermark and multiple warnings for running Windows 11 on “unsupported” hardware. 

According to The Verge, the latest Windows 11 builds will show a watermark on the bottom right corner of the desktop when the system requirements to run the OS are not met. In addition, you'll see a warning informing you of the same when opening  Windows 11 settings.

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The watermark is similar to the message displayed when running Windows without a license. However, the “System requirements not met” message isn't transparent, making it more noticeable when you're on the desktop. On the other hand, it doesn't appear on top of other apps nor limits any OS features, at least for now.

For now, these warnings are only available in test builds, so you may never see them reach the public versions. Still, considering Microsoft's history with this type of message, we expect to see them in an upcoming Windows 11 version.

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