Some of the attention that Windows 11’s announcement received was sucked up by Microsoft’s minimum system requirements. There was frustration among many that their relatively new PCs would not be able to be upgraded. A new blog post from Microsoft tackles some of these concerns. The company might also be willing to let 7th-generation Intel and AMD Zen1 chips run Windows 11 on their PCs.
Windows 11 can be installed on 7th generation processors by Windows Insiders. A greater understanding of security and performance will be possible as a result.
Windows 11’s minimum system requirements are primarily based on security and performance requirements, as we already knew. Microsoft says that minimum system requirements are necessary so that software and hardware can adjust to meet user expectations.
Microsoft explains that the company requires TPM 2.0 for a number of security functions, but its requirement has created controversy. TPM 2.0’s technical requirement for Windows 11 shouldn’t change as a result of the latest news, but it could affect the minimum CPU requirement.
Microsoft outlines three principles for minimum requirements:
- As part of Windows 11’s security improvements, it requires hardware that supports technologies like Windows Hello, Device Encryption, virtualization-based security (VBS), hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI) and Secure Boot. Tested devices with this configuration showed a 60% reduction in malware. Windows 11 supports all CPUs with embedded TPM, secure boot, and VBS and specific VBS capabilities.
- Users upgrading to Windows 11 will have access to support and reliability. The new Windows Driver model along with our OEM and silicon partner support have enabled them to achieve a 99.8% crash free experience.
- Microsoft has designed Windows 11 to work with your existing apps. Microsoft Teams and Office require a minimum performance requirement of >1GHz, 2-core processors, 4GB memory, and 64 GB of storage.
Intel 8th Gen, AMD Zen 2, and Qualcomm 7 and 8 series chips all meet the above principles, according to Microsoft. AMD Zen 1 and Intel 7th Generation processors are also being tested.
We will test to identify devices running on Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 that meet our principles as we release to Windows Insiders and partner with OEMs, says Microsoft.
As Microsoft explicitly states in its blog post, it does not believe older chips will work. People with these systems may not be able to upgrade. Company said “We also know that devices running on Intel 6th generation and AMD pre-Zen will not [meet the above principles],”
PC Health Check app didn’t tell people why their PCs didn’t meet the requirements, causing confusion around whether or not they could update to Windows 11. In an earlier update, Microsoft told people why their system couldn’t be upgraded using the app, but now the company has decided to pull the app entirely.
As a result of the feedback received so far, Microsoft concedes that it was not fully prepared to explain why an upgrade to Windows 10 was not possible. Microsoft further stated “We are temporarily removing the app so that our teams can address the feedback. We will get it back online in preparation for general availability this fall.”
Check back soon for our hands-on with the first Windows 11 Insider build.