Windows 11 is coming later this year, and Microsoft has
confirmed that only eligible devices would get the new
operating system via Windows Update. If your desktop is not
compatible with Windows 11, Microsoft says you can test drive
the new operating system using Media Creation Tool, but this
process is not recommended.
Microsoft has already provided specifics as to what makes a
device eligible for Windows 11 October 2021 Update. Your device
is considered support if it comes with 8th gen Intel, Ryzen
2000 and newer. The updated list also includes support for
select 7th-gen processors, such as Core X-series, Xeon
W-series, and the Core i7-7820HQ chip
Unfortunately, there won’t be any more chips added to the list,
at least for now. Microsoft has also confirmed that their own
Surface products like the Surface Laptop wouldn’t get the
upgrade to Windows 11. There won’t be any special treatment for
Surface products as only newer models would be allowed to
install new Windows.
In a Q&A session, Microsoft previously confirmed they can
identify devices with hardware or software compatibility
Right now, you need to use PC Health Check Tool to check
compatibility issues with Windows 11. However, in the Release
Preview Channel, Microsoft has added a notification that would
reveal more about the situation.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the message tells the
user that their device is ready for Windows 11:
“Great news—your PC meets the minimum system requirements for
Windows 11. Specific timing for when it will be offered can
vary as we get it ready for you. Note: Some Windows 10 features
aren’t available in Windows 11. Certain apps and features may
have additional” – Windows Update.
It also links to relevant support articles that include
more information about Windows 11 requirements and removed
That’s a helpful step, especially if you’re unfamiliar with
Windows 11 requirements.
Microsoft is currently rolling out the above compatibility
message to testers in the Release Preview Channel of the
Windows Insider program.
It’s likely that a similar compatibility message will appear on
devices that do not meet the requirements. Microsoft tries
to identify the compatibility issues using telemetry data and
the process cannot be tricked.
In addition to these improvements, Microsoft has also released
a new version of its
Windows 11 compatibility check called “PC Health Check” to
shed more light on devices that are incompatible. For example,
the app will now mention if Secure Boot is disabled or your
desktop lacks support for TPM 2.0.