With the three lists of supported CPUs for Windows 11, you scored a special goal. According to the list, many who still have an old CPU will be disqualified from upgrading to Windows 11. But that is not the case.
Because “supported” doesn’t mean it doesn’t work with an old CPU. We know this from drivers that support Windows 10 20H2, for example, but also work on Windows 10 21H1. Support means that these drivers have also been checked by the manufacturer of this version.
It is the same with CPUs. There are minimum requirements for installation, namely:
- CPU: 1 GHz or faster with two or more cores. This is exactly what all CPUs today can do.
- RAM: 4 GB. Everyone should have a modern computer today
- 64 GB or larger storage device It shouldn’t be a problem here either. It’s hard to get a smaller SSD, NVMe, or HDD these days.
- UEFI enabled for secure boot And that’s exactly I must It is activated. Without Secureboot, an error message will appear when starting Inplace Upgrade or a fresh install.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Version 2.0 All motherboards will have this standard in the BIOS from about 2015. It just needs to be enabled. It is currently also possible without Secure Boot and TPM.
- DirectX 12 compatible graphics card or higher with WDDM 2.0 driver Almost all graphics cards will also fulfill this requirement.
Microsoft attaches great importance to UEFI with Secure Boot and TPM for Windows 11. Why Microsoft on this page Exactly explained. The short answer to that is protection from attacks and protection of personal data.
Since this functionality has been incorporated by device manufacturers for years, the drama isn’t as bad as it seems at first. So let’s wait and see if Microsoft doesn’t step back and tweak the list. Because so far, Microsoft has published this list so that all the functionality provided by Windows 11 is guaranteed to work.
Here’s the list again for the CPUs: