There’s been a lot of confusion surrounding Windows 11 system requirements. From requiring newer CPUs to having a TPM on board has left PC users scrambling to see if their computers are ready. And this just became all the more important, now that Windows 11 is beginning to roll out (check out our Windows 11 review to see if it’s worth downloading now).
There’s actually been so much consternation that Microsoft has had to pull the PC Health Check app (and then re-deploy it later) as confusion abounded and left many wondering what to do. Here’s everything we know so far about CPUs that are compatible with Windows 11.
Only chips from Intel’s 8th generation or newer will be compatible with Windows 11. Think mid-2017 onward. So, anyone who bought a Surface Pro (2017) will be out of luck, as that uses a 7th generation chip. Microsoft has a full list of all supported Intel processors, including chips from the Atom, Celeron, Pentium, Xeon and Core series. The folks over at PC World scrubbed the list and pulled the most popular consumer-level CPUs. We agree with their assessment.