Windows 11 requirements updated, Intel 8th gen or Ryzen 2nd gen are the minimum required CPU

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Jun 28, 2021 12:34 PM

Microsoft recently revealed their next generation of the Windows Operating System, coined as Windows 11. Since its reveal, the announcement has come with some issues regarding compatible systems, and Microsoft has now updated their requirements to make it a little less confusing, but there are still some red flags.

Essentially, the requirements originally listed a “Hard Floor” and “Soft Floor”, which were basically just the difference between definitely can’t run Windows 11 and just not advised to. But those have now been updated to a single list of Hardware and Software requirements.

Windows 11 Hardware and Software Requirements

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • RAM: 4 gigabyte (GB)
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System firmware: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • S mode is only supported on Home edition of Windows 11. If you are running a different edition of Windows in S mode, you will need to first switch out of S mode prior to upgrading.

In order to run Windows 11,” the requirements say, “devices must meet the hardware specifications. Devices that do not meet the hardware requirements cannot be upgraded to Windows 11.

There are 2 problems though that have confused and frustrated users: the first of which is the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) requirement, which is now definitively stated as version 2.0 (whereas the Soft Floor requirements previously stated version 1.2). The other issue is the CPU requirement, as it is currently stated users will need at least an 8th gen Intel Core processor or a 2nd gen AMD Ryzen CPU in order to meet the requirements.

It is possible that Microsoft didn’t test any CPUs before those generations, and so realistically any processor that meets the 2+ Core 1GHz clock speed requirement will be able to run Win11. But for now we’re in the dark until Microsoft gives us more information or when W11 officially launches later this year.

That can be a little disheartening for those rocking a CPU older than those, but it is worth stating that those are the current list of supported CPUs and will be updated over time. So it doesn’t exactly mean you won’t be able to run Windows 11 on your system, but it is very confusing.

The main issue then is that Windows 11 will be locking out a lot of users from upgrading: the OS is free for Windows 10 users, and aside from the snazzy new look, provides a bunch of gaming-related features like Auto HDR and, more importantly, DirectStorage as well.

We’re holding out hope that users will still be able to upgrade to Windows11 without meeting all of those requirements, because if they really are the specs for a Hard Floor upgrade then that’s locking out many users already, even those with pretty beefy rigs.

What do you think? Have you checked to see if your system is compatible for a Windows 11 update? Do you think the requirements are too high? Would a new hardware upgrade be worth it for the new OS? Let us know your thoughts!

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05:10 Jun-30-2021

So my 8 core PC can't run Windows 11 are microsoft having a laugh.

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09:24 Jun-29-2021

Anything older/slower just can't handle the sh!tload of ads, bloatware and telemetry embedded right into the Windows 11 desktop as "widgets" and "features".

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14:24 Jun-29-2021

My 5960X 8C/16T OC CPU is "incompatible" with win11 but some 8th gen entry 2-core 1GHz is... I guess no tele-ads for me and my garbo computer :(

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18:08 Jun-29-2021

The development build of W11 proved that a debloated windows can gain 5-15% FPS in games. I really wish that W11 will be as debloated as W7 was and not have all the crap with it that's currently on W10.

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18:23 Jun-29-2021

as seen from Hardware unboxed testing the performance was same.

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20:41 Jun-29-2021

Link plz? Cuz yeah, Hardware Unboxed showed the same or worse perf on W11, so I want to see those gains.

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00:26 Jun-29-2021

These new system requirements are very much arbitrary. You can obviously bypass the whole CPU support list, and the TPM and secure boot stuff with tweaks like registry changes, but you won't get 'official' support from Microsoft if something goes wrong.

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22:24 Jun-28-2021

The TPM and Secure boot **** throws me off. It can cause issues and most people don't even know how to turn it on or configure it..

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22:00 Jun-28-2021

I will upgrade, probably few months after release, will see. I kind of like what they announced so far, so I see no real downsides. Plus I got supported hardware, so why not. I guess it will be same as 10, where I just jumped aboard because I would have to sooner or latter anyway. But otherwise "need" wise, I don't think I would have to anytime soon. Still, curiosity kills a cat. :-D

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16:54 Jun-28-2021

The most frustrating is that the features most people have asking for years will still be missing. Want to have tabs in file explorer(open 2 different windows to drag files scrub) probably not. Duplicate (not extend) 2 different native resolution monitors nah. But 3 people will have a great time on their tablets/hybrid windows machine woohoo.

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17:00 Jun-28-2021

Duplication works fine, but the limitation of it is that when the monitors have a mismatched resolution - you gotta run it at either one or the other - it makes sense, since it's got to be a duplicated signal - not quite sure what your complaint is?


Browser tabs... I don't need them, even though I do a lot of file/asset management just on the work and hobby sides alone (3D, video and photography) - but I wouldn't mind trying the feature, ofc.

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15:46 Jun-28-2021

Hey guys this win 10 update is strange? Microsoft building hype for a windows skin and a few additional features that could possible be done with a regular update... Smells like OEM pressure to sell more pc´s with the brand new win 11 (less sawy people do buy pc´s just because theres a new windows)

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15:50 Jun-28-2021

Yeah, that's what my IT friend also reckons. There's no need to exclude so many PCs through TPM (I never needed it or even had it so far, why now?), other than to have a fresh wave of hardware sales.

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15:52 Jun-28-2021

probably their goal yeah

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15:24 Jun-28-2021

are the high cpu requirements due to Intel Bridge (Android stuff on Windows)?
DirectStorage will work on any SM6.0 DX12 GPU + NVMe sooo the only real new thing left to have the high CPU reqs is the android stuff...

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20:50 Jun-28-2021

It's just the TPM 2.0 requirement which is for security. Desktop CPUs before 2018 don't have TPM 2.0

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17:20 Jun-29-2021

Apparently it's not just TPM 2.0,i read in an article that some systems that have it still can't run Windows 11.One good one trash,that's been windows these past 10-15 years tbh..

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14:55 Jun-28-2021

they should make for all hardeware

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13:40 Jun-28-2021

That moment when your expensive gaming rig just barely meets the requirements for a new Windows..

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16:08 Jun-28-2021

Global chip shortage...Microsoft: want new win 11? Better go buy a better pc!

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17:32 Jun-28-2021

Barely, huh -_-

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17:47 Jun-28-2021

well to be honest 8th intel gen is oldest cpu generation supported by win 11

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22:32 Jun-28-2021

I mean 8th gen is the minimal requirement, so yeah, barely. I wonder why that is though, an 8th gen i3 can run it, a 7th gen i7 is out of luck? Quite weird, could still be a misunderstanding at this point though.

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22:05 Jun-28-2021

Same here lol. By the way how does your CPU handle the 3080? I was gonna upgrade my 1070 but due to GPU prices... you know. I also have a 1440p monitor.

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22:20 Jun-28-2021

I'm also playing on 1440p and it's fine for all games but Cyberpunk so far, it also runs Cyberpunk fine, GPU utilization tends to drop when driving though. Aside from that I haven't noticed any problems, the 3080 pushes to 100% in modern AAA games (DOOM Eternal, BF5, Forza Horizon 4 etc) on ultra settings, no bottleneck.

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13:22 Jun-28-2021

Lol. There goes the adoption rate. Anyway in Microsoft's cycle this is the OS that wasn't meant to do well anyway.

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13:13 Jun-28-2021

Me with Intel 2nd gen cpu :O

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18:07 Jun-28-2021

Me too

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20:18 Jun-28-2021

5th gen Extreme 8C here. Apparently not good enough for WIn11 either xD

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22:09 Jun-28-2021

This is the first time I can remember needing such a high gen CPU to even run?

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22:43 Jun-28-2021

It's got to be complete BS. I never needed TPM and everything works, but now suddenly my PC can't have the new WIndows - they can F off with that xD

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21:59 Jun-28-2021

4th gen here and staying that way. Not spending a bean for win11. Oh MS you are funny!

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13:12 Jun-28-2021

Oh nice, I cant run Windows 11 with my 8-core 1900X CPU. Thanks, Microsoft.

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17:01 Jun-28-2021

"Buy a new PC u scrub! xDDDDD"



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I have Gt 710, can I run it?

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13:55 Jun-28-2021

Yes, absolutely. Why do you even ask such questions?

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15:53 Jun-28-2021

I just dumped the W11 ISO onto my microwave and it works fine. A bit laggy now and there are some bugs, like the clock seems to go backwards when cooking food and it didn't pick up the light bulb driver when initially setting up - but I'm sure updates will fix that and my sad noodle cooking will be a top experience

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