Microsoft has added support for some of Intel’s seventh-generation processors to Windows 11, but not many. Of course, users can unofficially install this operating system on incompatible devices. In addition, the PC Health Check app will be updated soon to provide newer information to users.
Microsoft announced minimum pre-installation requirements for Windows 11 in June, but now supports Intel Core X and Xeon W series processors in its operating system Added. This version also now supports the Intel Core 7820HQ processor inside Surface Studio 2.
Microsoft has been testing Windows 11 with these processors for some time, but the Intel Core 7820HQ only works on devices that have DCH capability. This technology is a simpler and more secure processor design that Microsoft has been recommending to CPU makers for some time.
Windows 11 does not officially support AMD Zen 1 processors. The company says that after careful analysis in collaboration with AMD, it has concluded that it is not possible to support these processors. There is an alternative to installing Windows 11 on these systems, but Microsoft says non-compliance with the minimum requirements has resulted in a 52% increase in kernel crashes, while other devices have been up to 99.8% crashes.
Redmond residents have announced that any computer with older processors can download the Windows 11 ISO file and install the operating system manually. However, there are no guarantees for driver compatibility and overall system reliability. In addition, Microsoft does not recommend or promote the installation of Windows 11 on unsupported devices. In other words, all you need now is a 64-bit processor with two or more cores, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
Microsoft will soon be updating its PC Health Check app to add support for new Intel processors and explain in more detail why your PC may not be compatible with Windows 11. For example, this version states which computers need Secure Boot or TPM 2.0.
The software giant says it has set minimum requirements for Windows 11 to advance modern DCH drivers and increase device security with TPM and VBS.