Microsoft announced Windows 11 earlier this year and has since announced a number of restrictions when it comes to running on some older hardware. In its latest updates by Microsoft, Windows 11 minimum system requirements now have older Intel CPUs included. This is to enhance more compatibility with Windows 11.
Microsoft has set three main requirements for a PC to run Windows 11. First, it requires a machine with a 64-bit 1GHz or faster processor, at least 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage. The computer also needs a DirectX 12 compatible graphics card and support for TPM 2.0.
With the previous minimum requirements remaining, the latest OS brings a visual overhaul with other additional deeper changes. The new additions to the compatible CPU list include Intel Core X-series and Xeon W-series. Intel Core 7820HQ CPUs are also new to the list but available for selected devices running that are shipped with modern drivers based on Declarative, Componentized, Hardware Support Apps (DCH) design principles such as the Surface Studio 2 are compatible.
Adding more Intel CPUs was necessary because the previous minimum requirements were not compatible with CPUs older than late 2017. Users had to upgrade their not-so-capable CPUs to run Windows 11.