Windows 11 won’t auto-update on slightly old PCs. It appears this includes security updates—although Microsoft PR is doing its usual trick of ghosting reporters who ask.

This sounds like a terrible idea: A fleet of unpatched Windows 11 PCs connected to the internet? That’s a recipe for disaster.

Stand by for Redmond to walk this one back in an embarrassing climbdown. In today’s SB Blogwatch, we hope against hope.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Olivia vs. Paramore.


What’s the craic? Sean Hollister reports—“Microsoft is threatening to withhold Windows 11 updates if your CPU is old”:

Why leave us in the dark?”
Windows 11 won’t technically leave millions of PCs behind … so long as you download and manually install an ISO file. … But it turns out even that technicality has a technicality: Microsoft is now threatening to withhold Windows Updates … potentially even security updates.

It’s quite possible this is just a cover-your-ass measure. … But it’s also possible Microsoft genuinely does mean to withhold patches. … Microsoft declined to clarify things further.

Windows 11 could theoretically be an operating system where you go back to the days of manually downloading [security] updates. … Feature updates are probably less of a big deal. [But] why leave us in the dark?

Windows 11 Security Scare