Windows 11: Microsoft updates minimum system requirements

Earlier, Microsoft released a list of CPUs compatible with Windows 11, and many Intel users were very disappointed due to their system getting unsupported or ineligible.

When Windows 11 was first introduced, Microsoft stated that it will require a few critical minimum requirements in order to function properly. These requirements include a suitable 64-bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, UEFI secure boot, certain graphics requirements, and TPM 2.0 certification. This created some controversy because CPUs older than late 2017 were not supported, and customers would have to update their still-capable CPUs in order to run Windows 11.

In order to accommodate additional Intel CPUs, Microsoft has revised its Windows 11 minimum system requirements.

Windows 11 minimum system requirements

It was stated in an official blog post that, following Windows Insider testing and discussions with OEMs, the minimum system requirements have been expanded to allow additional older Intel CPUs that will be compatible with Windows 11, but the remaining conditions have not changed. Microsoft launched Windows 11 in June, and the company is now beta testing the latest version of the operating system. It offers a redesigned user interface to the Windows platform, as well as numerous other improvements.

According to the announcement, “we identified a group of PC models that fulfill the criteria while operating on Intel 7th Generation CPUs that we did not initially include in our minimum system requirements.”

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Now, despite the firm is keeping to the aforementioned standards, it has expanded the list of Intel CPUs that are compatible with Windows after doing extensive testing with Windows Insiders and OEMs.

Intel Core X-series processors and Xeon W-series processors have been added to the list of compatible CPUs. However, only some devices using the Intel Core 7820HQ processor that arrived with current drivers based on Declarative, Componentised, Hardware Support Apps (DCH) design principles, such as the Surface Studio 2, are compatible with the new processor.

Furthermore, there is currently no word on whether or not Windows 11 will be supported on MacBooks running Boot Camp. Because of the TPM 2.0 requirement, it appears that MacBook owners will not be able to install Windows 11, at least not in an official capacity.

In a report published by 9to5mac, Apple has stated that it has never given support for the TPM 2.0 on its Intel-based Macs, rendering them all incompatible with the most recent Windows version. It further states that if the Microsoft PC Health Check software is launched on a Mac, it will display the message “This PC is unable to run Windows 11.”

There is no news about AMD processors at this time. AMD Zen CPUs have been thoroughly examined by Microsoft, which claims to have done so in collaboration with AMD.