One of the Windows 11 issues that has generated the most conversation has undoubtedly been that of technical requirements and compatible hardware . So much so that during these months there have been some changes in this regard, mainly aimed at expanding compatibility with systems that at first had been left out of the list and, therefore, could not be updated to Windows 11.
The latest example of this we have seen this morning, with the announcement that ASUS will support Windows 11 on older boards . And the truth is, after already enough tests of the preliminary versions, Winsdows 11 is proving not to be a heavy operating system . Rather the opposite, and probably because a good part of its guts are those that were originally aimed at the late Windows 10X . So it seems that Microsoft at first aimed too high, and that now it is seeing the need (and also the possibility, of course) to extend the accessibility of older systems to Windows 11.
Although, well, did I say that ASUS boards are the latest example? Well, in reality this has only been for a few hours, and according to what we can read in Wccftech , Microsoft has added support for Windows 11 for some seventh-generation Intel CPUs . This is the list of added CPUs:
- Intel Core i5-7640X
- Intel Core i7-7740X
- Intel Core i7-7800X
- Intel Core i7-7820HQ
- Intel Core i7-7820X
- Intel Core i7-7900X
- Intel Core i7-7920X
- Intel Core i9-7940X
- Intel Core i9-7960X
- Intel Core i9-7980XE
The choice of these chips does not seem accidental, and is that, for example, the Intel Core i7-7820HQ is the processor used in the Microsoft Surface 2 . In other words, the Redmond team, in collaboration with Intel, is likely working on expanding Windows 11 compatibility with older Surface devices.
Additionally, and although there is still no more concrete data in this regard, Intel also expects that Microsoft will add certain Xeon W SKUs to the list of hardware compatible with Windows 11. That is, it seems that between now and its launch, with whose date we continue to returns , we will see the list of compatible hardware grow even more. Of course, the obligation to have TPM 2.0 support remains immovable, for which at this point it no longer makes sense to aspire to a change in this regard.
Less satisfactory is the news for AMD users , and it is that after the joint work of Microsoft and AMD, both companies would have decided not to add more processors of the Ryzen 1000 series to the Windows 11 compatibility list. Thus, except for the surprise of Last minute, all AMD chips not included so far will finally be left out of Microsoft’s operating system update.