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Microsoft expands Windows 11 CPU compatibility list

Back to Microsoft to announce Windows 11, There is quite a lot of confusion System Requirements, Including the discontinuation of the 8th generation Intel Core CPU, the second generation AMD Ryzen chip and a few Qualcomm processors.Microsoft Commitment to test the seventh-generation Intel and the first-generation Ryzen Building on Windows Insider and working with PC companies. Today, it announced the results and updated its software to let you know if your PC is compatible.

According to the test, Microsoft is adding some 7th generation Intel Core processors to the list of compatible CPUs. Specifically, the seventh-generation Intel Core X-series and Xeon W-series processors have been recognized by Windows 11. The company also added the Intel Core i7-7820HQ, but only for “selected devices with modern drivers based on declarative, componentized, and hardware support application (DCH) design principles.” This makes Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2 eligible to run on Windows 11. (Previously, Surface Studio 2 released in 2018 had no version and Microsoft The starting price is still $3,499.99, Meets the update conditions. Many older Surface devices are still not eligible for upgrade)

However, in the first generation of AMD Ryzen, no luck. The Windows team wrote in a blog post: “After careful analysis of the first-generation AMD Zen processors that worked with AMD, we jointly concluded that there is no new content in the list of supported CPUs.”

Microsoft claims that devices that do not meet its requirements have 52% more kernel mode crashes than devices that do. But this statement is not just about the processor-other minimum specifications include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and UEFI secure boot. Those systems that met the requirements did not crash 99.8% of the time.

June, Microsoft pull Its PC health check tool lets you know whether your computer meets the company’s Windows 11 requirements, and points out that “we admit that it is not fully prepared to share the level of detail or accuracy of your expectations of us.” Now, it is back. NS. Windows Insiders will launch a new version with clearer messages and links to support articles that may help users prepare their PCs (such as enabling secure boot). After the “feedback” period, the PC health check application will be enabled for everyone. The Insiders version will be available for 64-bit Windows, 32-bit Windows, Windows on Arm and Windows 10 S mode.

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No other requirements have changed, including a requirement that confused many PC manufacturers when it was first announced: the Trusted Platform Module (TPM).For those who make PCs, most should be able to Enable it in UEFI/BIOS. The initial uncertainty caused by the switch leads to Run on the desktop TPM module(Modern laptops should automatically run TPM.) Due to newer and more secure encryption algorithms, Windows 11 needs an updated TPM 2.0 instead of the old TPM 1.2, the post said. Paired with a secure boot that only allows code from Microsoft, OEM, or chip manufacturer to run, Microsoft claims to improve the security baseline of Windows 11. Although it will sting those who are left out, it will prevent current and future threats.Some critics suggested that the TPM and CPU compatibility list would be Prevent other capable hardware From running the new operating system.

For users who cannot (or do not want to) upgrade to Windows 11, Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. Windows 11 will be launched this fall.

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