We have already told you about the minimum PC requirements for Windows 11, which Microsoft announced last week. The basic PC requirements for the operating system goes something like this — >1GHz, 2-core processors, 4GB memory, and 64GB of storage.
But what processors? Because we have a system running Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and Nvidia GeFore GTX 970M graphics card and the PC Health Checkup, a ‘novel’ tool launched by Microsoft that allows you to run a Windows 11 compatibility test, says ‘Your Processor isn’t compatible’.
But, what went wrong here, the 6th-generation Intel Core i7 is a pretty powerful processor in itself. Well, the reason behind it is that there’s a line in the sand of processors which Microsoft has drawn and said, anything older than this isn’t compatible with our ‘newest and greatest’ operating system. No matter if it is an octa-core, quad-core or clocked at 3.5GHz.
So, what are these processors that Windows 11 supports? Thankfully, Microsoft has dropped a complete list of processors from both Intel and AMD that will support Windows 11. We went through that list and found that for Intel processors, it has to be anything from 8th-generation or newer and for AMD Ryzen series, anything from the 2nd-generation will work.
Yes, there are other processors that are supported like Intel Atom, Pentium, Xenon and Celeron processors are in the list. You can read the complete list here ( Intel | AMD).
But the deal is that most people these days buy Intel Core series laptops or AMD Ryzen laptops and most of them do not upgrade their laptop every three or four years. So even if your laptop is three years old rocking a good and powerful processor which can handle multiple monitors, graphics intensive games or Photoshop, Premiere Pro, etc without breaking a sweat— it isn’t good for the Windows 11 operating system. Microsoft won’t allow you a free Windows 11 upgrade.
With all these extensive lists of requirements, there’s still a chance that you can buy a new laptop today and it won’t be compatible with Windows 11.