Windows 11 Upgrade Block Lifted for Some Intel Devices

After over two years, Microsoft has finally addressed a driver bug that prevented some Windows 10 devices from upgrading to Windows 11. The issue, which was first identified in 2021, affected devices using Intel Smart Sound Technology (SST) drivers.

Microsoft had initially blocked Windows 11 upgrades for affected devices due to concerns about Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors. The company has now updated its Windows Health page to inform users that the issue has been resolved and that affected devices can now be upgraded to Windows 11.

Before upgrading, users are advised to ensure that their Windows 10 systems are updated to version or or later. Microsoft also recommends that users avoid using the Update Now button or the Media Creation Tool (MCT) to install Windows 11 until they have updated their affected drivers.


Additional Notes:

The issue was specifically caused by certain versions of Intel SST drivers, not all Intel drivers.

The bug was originally discovered by Microsoft in 2021.

Microsoft has now released updated drivers that resolve the issue.

Affected users can now upgrade to Windows 11 after updating their drivers to the latest version.

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