Microsoft Required Hardware For Windows 11 Is Making Many PCs Unaccessible For Upgrade

It's already been six months since Microsoft started working on Windows 11, and they still haven't explained the new device compatibility for their later OS version. New Windows 11 hardware specifications from Microsoft place a high premium on end users. The UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is pushing for new technologies like TPM 2.0 and secure boot to be implemented. OEMs have been forced to activate TPM functionality to achieve Windows certification since the introduction of Windows 10.

TPM, Secure Boot, and other technologies are being pushed by Microsoft while the operating system is at its most vulnerable. Microsoft isn't testing Windows 11 with the enhanced hardware requirements that will come with the release of the next version of the operating system. In the meantime, we don't know precisely which devices are supported by the Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft has given the go-ahead for pre-release testing of Windows PCs powered by Intel 7th Generation and AMD Zen 1 CPUs.

As per Riverbed report, "more than a third of devices currently in use today are not capable of running Windows 11", the report further highlights, "23% of devices in use today can be upgraded to run Windows 11 but 12% will need to be replaced entirely".

Using CPUs from Intel 6th generation and AMD prior to Zen will not meet Microsoft's requirements. For this reason, the 6th generation Intel processors have been deleted from the list.

For this reason, Microsoft has recommended users hold off on making a choice until they know whether older PCs are eligible for testing. Numerous PCs will come into contact with a CPU endpoint.

If you have a computer with a three-year-old processor, you may not be able to run Windows 11. Apple has proclaimed support for Mac Pros and Minis manufactured in 2013 and after. Because Mac OS X 10.8.4 does not have to support as many hardware combinations as Windows 10, it can work on computers that are eight years old or older.

Creating or upgrading virtualized instances in Windows 11 does not need the latest hardware compatibility. Windows 11's CPU and device requirements may be circumvented by using a virtual CPU. Based on user input from Windows 11 users, Microsoft may alter its system requirements.

If you want to test Windows 11 on a CPU that isn't officially supported after the trial time has expired, you'll have to reinstall Windows 10. Windows 11 trial users will be able to play around with the operating system without these additional restrictions until the operating system's official release date. Microsoft is likely to reduce the requirements for certain 7th Generation CPUs this year, although there are no major adjustments planned in the hardware specs. As a consequence, now is the time to test out Windows 11 before it is no longer available.

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