Microsoft has updated its Windows 11 minimum system requirements to include more Intel CPUs. Through an official blog post, he announced that after Windows Insider tested and explored options with OEMs, the minimum system requirements now include older Intel CPUs that will be compatible with Windows 11, despite the other prerequisites remain in effect. Microsoft announced Windows 11 in June and is currently testing the latest operating system in beta. It brings a visual overhaul of the Windows platform, along with several more in-depth changes.
At the time of its release, Microsoft announced that there were some important minimum requirements to run Windows 11. They include a supported 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, UEFI secure boot, certain graphics requirements, and TPM 2.0 . This caused quite a stir as CPUs prior to the end of 2017 were not supported; and to run Windows 11, users would have to upgrade their still reasonably capable CPUs. Now, although the company is meeting the requirements mentioned above, it has added a few more Intel CPUs to its compatibility list after testing with Windows Insiders and OEMs.
New additions to the list of supported CPUs include Intel Core X-series and Xeon W-series. Intel Core 7820HQ CPUs are also new to the list, but only select devices running this CPU that come with modern drivers based on Declarative, Componentized, Hardware Support Applications (DCH) design principles, such as Surface Studio 2, are supported.
As for AMD CPUs, there are no new additions. Microsoft says it has carefully reviewed AMD Zen processors in partnership with AMD.
Also, there is still no information about Windows 11 support for MacBooks via Boot Camp. It looks like MacBook users won’t be able to install Windows 11 at least officially due to the TPM 2.0 requirement. 9to5mac claims that Apple has never supported TPM 2.0 on its Intel Macs, which makes them all incompatible with the latest version of Windows. He adds that Microsoft’s PC Health Check app will show “this PC can’t run Windows 11” if it runs on a Mac.