Windows 11 comes with two big changes: a design refresh and
strict hardware requirements for new and existing users.
Later this year, Windows 11 will begin rolling out to
compatible hardware from Microsoft, HP, Lenovo, Dell and other
partners. The new operating system is an optional update and if
you choose to upgrade your existing device (provided that it
meets the necessary hardware requirements), everything you had
installed on Windows 10 will run fine on Windows 11.
Windows 11 is technically Windows 10 with a new design, but
hardware requirements to run it are relatively strict. For
Windows 10, a device with a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 6GB
of storage is considered “compatible”. On Windows 11, you’ll
need modern hardware.
According to official documentation published by Microsoft and
its partners, you’ll need an 8th-gen or newer processor to run
the new operating system. Microsoft is currently planning to
support Intel’s 8th Gen and AMD’s Ryzen 2000-series chips, and
it was looking like it was all over for older hardware.
Thankfully, Microsoft is not planning to disable the
“loopholes” that would allow anyone to run Windows 11.
Windows 11 can be installed on unsupported hardware
To help businesses and IT admins evaluate their existing
configuration for the new experience, Windows 11 would be
offered on unsupported devices via Media Creation Tool or
Microsoft won’t be promoting or advising Windows 11 on
unsupported devices and driver support would be limited. Older
devices won’t be supported because Microsoft’s internal
telemetry data revealed that older hardware couldn’t run the
Windows reliably due to kernel-mode crashes and other
Remember that Windows 11 won’t be offered via Windows Update or
WSUS for business on unsupported devices, according to a
statement from the tech giant. You’ll be able to install
Windows 11 on an “unsupported” device using Media Creation Tool
or installation image (.ISO).
Or you can also use the Windows Insider program to run the new
In other words, you don’t really have to worry about whether
your PC includes a newer processor or TPM 2.0. You can download
and run Windows 11 on your device as long as you’re comfortable
with issues and relatively limited support from Microsoft.
Microsoft has also published an improved version of the
Windows 11 compatibility check tool “PC Health Check”.