Windows 11 will arrive later this year as a free update for all Windows 10 users, however many computers have incompatible hardware.
The new version of Windows has quite high minimum requirements, especially regarding the CPU. In this article I want to show you if your computer will be compatible with Windows 11.
Best Compatible Computers for Windows 11 | Check the Hardware Specifications of Your PC
Windows 11 will only officially support 8th Gen and newer Intel Core processors, along with Apollo Lake and newer Pentium and Celeron processors.
This potentially excludes millions of existing Windows 10 devices from upgrading to Windows 11 with full support, and even devices like Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2.
As for AMD processors, Microsoft has officially made compatible only AMD Ryzen 2000 and newer processors and second-generation or newer EPYC chips.
Here is a short updated list of processors that will be able to support Windows 11:
Intel Processors that support windows 11
- Intel 8th Gen (Coffee Lake)
- Intel 9th Generation (Coffee Lake Refresh)
- 10th Gen Intel (Comet Lake)
- 10th Gen Intel (Lake of Ice)
- 11th Gen Intel (Rocket Lake)
- 11th Gen Intel (Tiger Lake)
- Intel Xeon Skylake-SP
- Intel Xeon Cascade Lake-SP
- Intel Xeon Cooper Lake-SP
- Intel Xeon Ice Lake-SP
AMD Processors that support windows 11
- AMD Ryzen 2000
- AMD Ryzen 3000
- AMD Ryzen 4000
- AMD Ryzen 5000
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3000
- 2nd generation AMD EPYC
- Third generation AMD EPYC
Can I upgrade my computer to Windows 11 even without these requirements?
It seems that it will be possible to update your computer even with a processor that is not officially compatible. The new operating system installation package will issue an incompatibility warning, but you will be able to continue with the installation.
However, in the long run it is not yet known whether a processor not compatible with the new Windows will slow even everyday actions such as web browsing.
Before trying to install it, I suggest you check the hardware specifications of your pc and compare them with these minimum requirements:
- CPU: with two or more 64-bit cores of 1GHz or higher and that are part of the list of compatible processors;
- RAM: 4GB or more;
- Storage: a space of at least 64GB is required ;
- GPU: compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with WDDM 2.0 driver;
- Firmware: UEFI;
- TPM 2.0
- Display: at least 720p and at least 9 ”.
If you don’t know where to look, now I’ll explain how to do it!
How to check the hardware specifications of your pc
On Windows 10 it is quite easy to see what hardware components your computer is equipped with. Follow these simple steps:
- Open the Settings with the combination Win + [i] or by clicking on Start and then on the gear icon
- On the main screen, select the System item
- In the left sidebar, select About.
Now you can view the device specifications and check its compatibility with Windows 11.