Windows 11 has arrived in the market as a free upgrade but it some surprise that their hardware is not compatible. Microsoft made some changes to the minimum hardware requirement to run Windows 11, but the most surprising upgrade is the CPU requirements. Microsoft Windows 11 will officially support Intel 8th gen and higher processors with Apollo Lake and Celeron processors. Skip to the supported CUPs list
This requirement will make millions of PC,s running on lower than Intel 8th gen CPU knock out from getting Windows 11 official support. Your device can be one of them. Microsoft even rules out its own Surface Studio 2 from the official Windows 11 update. While updating to Windows 11 on older devices (older than 8th gen Intel CPU), they get a warning that Update is not recommended. But, the new operating system still installs.
Officially, Windows 11 will support AMD Ryzen 2000 and higher CUPs.
Here is the list of supported CPUs (Intel):
- Intel 8th Gen Cofee Lake
- Intel 9th Gen Coffe Lake Refresh
- Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake
- Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake
- Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake
- Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake
- Intel Xeon Skylake SP
- Intel Xeon Cascade lake SP
- Intel Xeon Cooper lake SP
- Intel Xeon Ice lake SP
- AMD Ryzen 2000
- AMD Ryzen 3000
- AMD Ryzen 4000
- AMD Ryzen 5000
- AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper 2000
- AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper 3000
- AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper Pro 3000
- AMD EPYC 2nd Gen
- AMD EPYC 3rd Gen
Microsoft makes the CPU requirement not a hard and fast role until now because Windows 11 still installs but with a warning in the old system. Yet, we do not know old devices will get warned support for the long term.
Windows 10 users are installing the Windows Health application to confirm their system support for Windows 11. Microsoft is also made it necessary Trusted Platform Module in the systems, which is confusing.
Microsoft said, to install Windows 11 there should be TPM (1.2 support) and UEFI secure boot. These technologies were made to enhance the security of Windows encryption keys and protection against malware, and ransomware.
Back in 2012 when Windows 8 was released, there were some CPU requirements alternations. After that Windows 11 is the major shift towards minimum CPU requirements. One more interesting thing, a front-facing camera will be necessary for Windows 11 after January 2023 except desktop PCs. This update will also change the capability of running Windows 11 devices.