Today, we’ll look at which CPUs are officially supported by Windows 11.
Because the system requirements for the new operating system are so perplexing, we’ll explain why Windows 11 isn’t even recognizing your CPU right now.
Why won’t Windows 11 recognize my CPU?
To use it, you must have a version of Windows 11 that is equal to or greater than an 8th-generation Intel CPU or AMD Ryzen 2000 processor. Microsoft is perplexed as to why this is the case.
Which CPUs are compatible with Windows 11 officially?
Windows 11 will fully support the CPUs listed above:
- AMD: Ryzen 2000 and up
- Intel: 8th generation or higher
Microsoft’s official website lists the system requirements for Windows 11. First, Microsoft stated that older CPUs (such as Intel’s 7th-generation CPUs) would be compatible with Windows 11. According to Microsoft, the update method would notify users that their CPUs were no longer recognized and recommend that they upgrade.
The company then stated that it would investigate whether Intel’s 7th generation CPUs and AMD’s Zen 1 processors could run Windows 11:
When we release to Windows Insiders and collaborate with our OEMs, we will test to identify devices running on Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 that may meet our principles. We’re committed to keeping you up to date on the results of our testing and various technical blogs.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has yet to decide whether these CPUs will be able to be updated on “specific devices” rather than all devices equipped with these processors.
Microsoft’s Windows Group stated unequivocally that it would not support older CPUs:
We also know that Intel 6th generation and AMD pre–Zen devices will fail to [meet our security and reliability standards].
This section of Microsoft’s blog article was quickly edited without explanation.