Microsoft has updated the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 to include older Intel CPUs

Microsoft has updated the minimum system requirements for Windows 11 to include older Intel CPUs

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In June, Microsoft stated that Windows 11 would have minimum system requirements, rendering it unworkable on some older CPUs.

Windows 11’s minimum system requirements have been increased to include additional Intel CPUs. It was announced in an official blog post that, following Windows Insider testing and discussions with OEMs, the minimum system requirements have been updated to include additional older Intel CPUs that will be compatible with Windows 11, albeit the other criteria have not changed. Under June, Microsoft launched Windows 11, which is presently in beta testing. It gives the Windows platform a new look as well as a number of other improvements.

Microsoft listed a few essential minimum requirements for running Windows 11 at the time of its launch. A suitable 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, UEFI secure boot, certain graphics requirements, and TPM 2.0 are among the prerequisites. This generated a stir because CPUs older than late 2017 were not supported, and users would have to upgrade their still-capable CPUs in order to run Windows 11. After testing with Windows Insiders and OEMs, the company has added a few more Intel CPUs to its compatibility list, although sticking to the aforementioned conditions.

Intel Core X-series and Xeon W-series processors have been added to the compatible CPU list. Intel Core 7820HQ CPUs are also new to the list, however only certain Surface Studio 2 devices that came with current drivers based on Declarative, Componentised, Hardware Support Apps (DCH) design principles are compatible.

There are no new AMD CPUs on the market. In collaboration with AMD, Microsoft claims to have thoroughly examined AMD Zen processors.

Furthermore, no information on Windows 11 support for MacBooks via Boot Camp has been released. Due to the TPM 2.0 requirement, it appears that MacBook users will not be able to install Windows 11 at least officially. According to 9to5mac, Apple has never supplied TPM 2.0 support on its Intel Macs, making them all incompatible with the latest version of Windows. If used on a Mac, Microsoft’s PC Health Check programme will display “this PC can’t run Windows 11.”