Despite the limitations, Windows 11 will run on computers with older processors. But there's a "but."

By: Elena Shcherban | 28.08.2021, 14:29
Despite the limitations, Windows 11 will run on computers with older processors. But there's a "but."

Even after the official announcement of Windows 11 Microsoft named the requirements for computers and laptops to install the new operating system. But now some adjustments have been made to this list.

The list has expanded

Initially, the system requirements only included Intel processors no older than the eighth generation, AMD Ryzen no older than the second generation, and also some Qualcomm chips. But now there is an addition to this list.

For example, Microsoft has added several seventh-generation Intel chips to the list, including seventh-generation Core X and Xeon W and also Intel Core i7-7820HQ, which will extend support for Microsoft Surface Studio 2. But but the first generation Ryzen processors do not seem to compatibility testing pass the test.

"After a thorough analysis of the first generation AMD Zen processors in partnership with AMD, we together concluded that they would not make the list of supported processors", - according to the Microsoft team blog. As it turned out, devices that did not meet the minimum requirements for hardware, "had 52% more failures".

Windows 11 for Everyone

But most importantly - Microsoft has stated that it will not prohibit users from installing Windows 11 on computers with older "hardware". No, the hardware requirements remain, but the restriction on OS installation will only apply when attempting to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 via the Windows Update Center.

However, if your hardware does not meet the requirements, you will have to download the Windows 11 ISO file and install the OS manually. But in doing so, the company cannot guarantee driver compatibility and overall system reliability. Therefore, Microsoft will not recommend or advertise this method of installing Windows 11 to consumers.

Source: Microsoft