At the end of June, Microsoft promised to revise the requirements of the Windows 11 operating system for the processor used. Yesterday, the software giant released an updated list of Intel CPUs, adding a dozen 7th Gen Core chips to it. Recall that initially the list of compatible “stones” was limited to solutions no older than three years.
Windows 11 is now officially supported for debut LGA2066 HEDT chips, from Core i5-7640X (Kaby Lake-X family) to Core i9-7980XE (Skylake-X). The updated list also includes a mobile Core i7-7820HQ (Kaby Lake-H), which is used in the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 monoblock. In addition, Xeon W processors will be added to the list in the near future.
For AMD platforms, the requirements remain unchanged. Windows 11 is officially compatible with Ryzen 2000 (Zen +) and newer processors. However, Microsoft representatives have confirmed that users will be able to manually install Windows 11 on PCs with unsupported CPUs (provided they meet all other requirements) via an ISO image. The company does not recommend doing this for stability and performance reasons.