Windows 11: Microsoft revises minimum system requirements

The US company has adjusted its requirements for installing Windows 11 to include more Intel processors.

Two months after introducing Windows 11, Microsoft announced in a blog post on August 27 some changes to the minimum system requirements to properly run its next operating system. The changes unveiled by the Redmond firm aim to make a few additional computers that use an Intel processor eligible.

Microsoft has revised its minimum requirements slightly so that previously excluded Intel processors are now accepted.

We’ve identified a set of PC models that meet the principles while running on 7th Generation Intel processors that we didn’t initially include in our minimum system requirements. Based on these results, we have expanded the list of compatible 64-bit processors. The company writes. The processors selected are the Core X-series, Xeon W-series and Core 7820HQ

For AMD processors, no changes are announced. ” After carefully analyzing the first generation of AMD Zen processors in partnership with AMD, we have jointly concluded that there are no additions to the list of supported processors. Microsoft warns. In July, the software giant pledged to check whether AMD Zen 1 processors could qualify.

A new application to check the compatibility of your PC

Currently, the requirements set by Microsoft for Windows 11 include a 64-bit dual-core processor running at 1 GHz minimum, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage space, a screen with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels, a graphics card capable of handling DirectX 12 and, finally, the TPM 1.2 cryptographic module and Secure Boot, which are security devices.

Microsoft is going to deploy a new version of its application dedicated to checking the compatibility of its computer workstation with Windows 11 – it is called PC Health Check. The first version had left Internet users dissatisfied and worried. The update of the PC Health Check will integrate more clarity and precision in the explanations, after the PC check.

Currently available in preview, Windows 11 does not seem to prevent installation, even if the computer station is not fully compatible. We were able to install the OS on a machine that did not check all the boxes, and that was not crippling – even if eventually problems are likely to appear. It remains to be seen whether this will still be possible during the final availability of the OS.

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