Microsoft officially introduced Windows 11, which arrives at the end of the year, and ended up causing confusion with the minimum system requirements. One of the reasons for this is the OS-compatible list of processors, which leaves out many of today’s popular CPU models.
The company has released lists with Intel and AMD processors that are officially “supported” by Windows 11. On Intel’s side, the company recommends using Coffee Lake (eighth generation), Xeon Skylake-SP or newer chips. On the AMD side, the list includes AMD Ryzen 2000 CPUs, the second generation EPYC and newer components from the brand.
Ryzen 1600 AF, which was quite successful in 2020, does not appear on the list.Fonte: Techspot/Steven Walton
The processor list leaves out first-generation Ryzen chips, including relaunches like the Ryzen 5 1600, and popular Intel models that hit the market more than six years ago. Even processors from Microsoft’s own devices, such as Surface Studio 2 and Surface Go, don’t appear on the official Windows 11 support list.
Windows 11 Supported Processors – Intel
The complete list of Intel processors supported by Windows 11 was posted by Microsoft on its website. Models include chips launched from 2017, including members of the Core, Atom and Celeron lines, from the following generations:
- 8th Generation Intel (Coffee Lake)
- 9th Generation Intel (Coffee Lake Refresh)
- 10th generation Intel (Comet Lake)
- 10th generation Intel (Ice Lake)
- 11th generation Intel (Rocket Lake)
- 11th generation Intel (Tiger Lake)
- Intel Xeon Skylake-SP
- Intel Xeon Cascade Lake-SP
- Intel Xeon Cooper Lake-SP
- Intel Xeon Ice Lake-SP
Processors supported by Windows 11 – AMD
The complete list of recommended AMD chips for Windows 11 is also available now. Below, you can check the processor families present in the list:
- 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 generation
- AMD EPYC 3rd generation
While the list of chips supported by Windows 11 isn’t as large as we’d like, Microsoft said it’s working to expand the number of processors supported by the system. Steve Dispensa, the company’s engineer, said using a CPU on the list is essential to running the operating system.
After much confusion and distorted information coming from Microsoft itself, the company’s engineer said, in a post on Twitter, that the use of the listed processors is part of the Windows 11 requirements for both new systems and upgrades. The company also updated the OS requirements page indicating the list of supported chips.
Minimum requirements for Windows 11 CPUs include a processor with at least two processing cores and 1 GHz frequency. With that in mind, it could be that the company will add more popular processors to the compatibility list, as the chips would, in theory, have the power to run the system.
For Microsoft’s app, not even a PC running leaked Windows 11 is worthy of running… Windows 11.
No TechWorld, for example, we ran the leaked build of Windows 11 on a notebook with the Intel Core i7-7700HQ, which has the necessary requirements to face the OS, but is not on the list of chips supported by the system. Because of this, the chip is rejected by Microsoft’s tool that assesses compatibility with Windows 11.
On Friday, Microsoft also released an improved version of the PC Health Check application, which checks the computer’s compatibility with Windows 11. With the updates, the tool has become clearer and identifies what are the points that make each machine “ incompatible” with the new operating system.
However, there are still questions in the air and it’s not very clear which machines will or will not be able to run Windows 11. Microsoft said it will release a beta of the system soon, which should bring new answers (or even more questions) about the arrival of the operating system, scheduled for the end of the year.