When Microsoft announced Windows 11 there was some confusion about the system requirements, which only included the XNUMXth Generation Intel Core CPU or more recent, i second generation AMD Ryzen chip or newer and only a handful of Qualcomm processors. Microsoft then promised it would also test XNUMXth Gen Intel and XNUMXst Gen Ryzen with Windows Insider builds and PC companies. Today he finally announced the results of these tests and updated his software PC Health Check which helps users understand if their PC is compatible.
Based on the tests, Microsoft decided to add some XNUMXth Generation Intel Core processors to the compatible CPU list. Notably, the 11th Generation Intel Core X series and W Xeon series processors gain the consensus of Windows XNUMX. The company also added theIntel Core i7-7820HQ, but only on “select devices that ship with modern drivers based on Declarative, Componentsized, Hardware Support Apps (DCH) design principles”. This makes the Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 eligible for Windows 11. (Previously, no version of Surface Studio 2, which was released in 2018 and which Microsoft still sells, was eligible for the upgrade. A certain number of older Surface devices will still continue to be ineligible for an upgrade to Windows 11. ).
There is no good news however as far as the XNUMXst Gen AMD Ryzen side is concerned. “After carefully analyzing the first generation of AMD Zen processors in collaboration with AMD, we have concluded together that there are no additions to the list of supported CPUs,” the Windows team wrote in a blog post.
But another novelty is also on the way. In June, Microsoft retired its "PC Health Check" tool which lets you know if your computer meets the company's requirements for installing Windows 11. According to Microsoft, the tool was not yet ready for users to use. but now PC Health Check is back. In fact, a new version for Windows Insider is coming out, with clearer messages and links to support articles that could help users prepare their PCs (how to enable Secure Boot). After a period of “feedback”, the PC Health Check app will be enabled for everyone. Insider versions will be available for Windows 64-bit, Windows 32-bit, Windows on Arm, and Windows 10 in S mode.
Speaking of PC Health Check, none of the previous requirements have changed with the new version, including one that confused many PC builders when it was first announced: the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). In addition to this, it is always necessary to have a 64-bit processor, at least dual-core and at least 1 GHz, accompanied by 4GB or more of RAM and at least 64GB of storage.
For those who can't (or don't want to) install the Windows 11 upgrade, Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. Windows 11 is scheduled to launch this fall.