Microsoft Windows 11 will only support 8th Gen Intel or AMD Ryzen 2000 & higher processors

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Microsoft Windows 11 will soon be arriving at a later date year, and as we know, it will be a free upgrade for those on Windows 10. However, many users have started complaining that their hardware is not compatible with the latest Windows OS. Microsoft announced that the new OS would only officially support 8th Gen and newer Intel Core processors, alongside Apollo Lake and newer Pentium and Celeron processors.

However, many are still on the 7th generation and prior intel processors. These requirements mean that millions of existing Windows 10 devices will be left out from upgrading to Windows 11 with full support.

Whereas as for AMD, Windows 11 will only officially support AMD Ryzen 2000 and newer processors and 2nd Gen or newer EPYC chips.


Windows 11 support for Intel

  • Intel 8th Gen (Coffee Lake)
  • Intel 9th Gen (Coffee 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

Windows 11 support for AMD

  • 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

Coming to the main topic, most of the Windows 10 users who have downloaded Microsoft’s PC Health App to see whether Windows 11 works on their systems found that their system fails the check. As Microsoft now requires a TPM (Trusted Platform Module), this has led to additional hardware support confusion.

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Along with a TPM capable of at least 1.2 support, the system also requires the UEFI Secure Boot to run Windows 11 successfully. These technologies are designed to improve Windows security and prevent malware and ransomware from tampering with encryption keys.

It’s not just that Microsoft also requires a front-facing camera for all Windows 11 devices except desktop PCs from January 2023 onwards. For other changes, stay tuned.


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Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.

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