Today we are going to explain why won’t Windows 11 recognize your CPU because the requirements to use the new operating system are really confusing.
Why won’t Windows 11 recognize my CPU?
To be able to use Windows 11 you need a version equal or higher than an 8th-gen Intel CPU or AMD Ryzen 2000 processor. Microsoft can’t seem to explain why.
Which CPUs are compatible with Windows 11 officially?
Windows 11 will officially support CPUs that are listed below:
- Intel: 8th-gen or higher.
- AMD: Ryzen 2000 or higher.
The Windows 11 requirements are detailed on Microsoft’s official website. First, Microsoft said some older CPUs (like 7th-gen Intel CPUs) would be compatible with Windows 11 too. Microsoft has stated that the upgrade procedure would notify consumers that their CPUs were not effectively supported and recommend against the installation.
Then, Microsoft announced that it would investigate whether Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 processors could operate Windows 11:
As we release to Windows Insiders and partner with our OEMs, we will test to identify devices running on Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 that may meet our principles. We’re committed to sharing updates with you on the results of our testing over time, as well as sharing additional technical blogs.
Who knows if Microsoft will just allow the upgrade for “specific devices” with these processors rather than all devices with these processors? Microsoft hasn’t made up its mind yet.
Microsoft’s Windows Group declared that it was certain older CPUs would not be supported:
We also know that devices running on Intel 6th generation and AMD pre-Zen will not [meet our principles around security and reliability.]
Microsoft swiftly edited this portion of its blog entry without explaining further.