Despite the limitations, Windows 11 will work on older computers

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

The original system requirements included only Intel processors no older than the eighth generation, AMD Ryzen not older than the second generation, and several Qualcomm chips. But now there is a replenishment in this list.

For example, Microsoft has added several seventh-generation Intel chips to the list, including the seventh-generation Core X and Xeon W, as well as the Intel Core i7-7820HQ, which will extend support for Microsoft Surface Studio 2. But the first-generation Ryzen processors appear to be the compatibility check has not passed.

“After careful analysis of the first generation AMD Zen processors in partnership with AMD, we have together concluded that they will not be included in the list of supported processors,” – says the blog of the Microsoft team. As it turned out, devices that did not meet the minimum hardware requirements “had 52% more failures.”

But most importantly, Microsoft has announced that it will not prohibit users from installing Windows 11 on computers with old hardware. No, the hardware requirements remain, but the OS installation limitation will only apply when trying to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 via Windows Update.

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

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Alexandr Ivanov earned his Licentiate Engineer in Systems and Computer Engineering from the Free International University of Moldova. Since 2013, Alexandr has been working as a freelance web programmer.
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