Microsoft Windows 11 announced

Microsoft announced a new version of windows that will be available later this year. Windows 11 is a good step forward when it comes to security but appears to be familiar enough to not confuse the average user. In the launch event Microsoft did focus on productivity and gaming at the expense of the average user who just checks email and does their shopping online. This was a shame but is understandable given then millions of people who drive this OS each day for their work. The interesting information has been released on the Microsoft website after the event and that’s compatibility. It appears you will need a pc that is relatively recent (max 7 years) and has a UEFI Bios. This will upset a lot of people who have been happy with their 10 year old laptop that does exactly what they need as for these people they may find themselves in the market for a new machine. Here is a ‘soft’ list of supported CPU’s. Microsoft have said that you may still be able to run Windows 11 even if your CPU is not on the list but may not get all the features of Windows 11.

Windows 11 support for Intel

Intel 8th Gen (Coffee Lake)

Intel 9th Gen (Coffee Lake Refresh)

Intel 10th Gen (Comet Lake)

Intel 10th Gen (Ice Lake)

Intel 11th Gen (Rocket Lake)

Intel 11th Gen (Tiger Lake)

Intel Xeon Skylake-SP

Intel Xeon Cascade Lake-SP

Intel Xeon Cooper Lake-SP

Intel Xeon Ice Lake-SP

Windows 11 support for AMD

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

AMD EPYC 2nd Gen

AMD EPYC 3rd Gen


The full list of CPU support for all versions of windows can be found at this link:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/windows-processor-requirements


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