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Official Windows 11 requirements have arrived: Here are the compatible Qualcomm, AMD, and Intel CPUs

Windows 11 Logo 3 Surface Pro
Windows 11 Logo 3 Surface Pro (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 today.
  • Users have wondered what specs will be required to run the OS.
  • Microsoft has just published its list of compatible Qualcomm, AMD, and Intel processors.

Microsoft has finally announced Windows 11 after watching a leaked copy of it circulate the web for days. But leaked, unfinished builds don't mean anything when it comes to figuring out what hardware is needed to run the finished, official product. Thankfully, Microsoft has now outlined exactly what processors you'll need when it comes to running the official release of Windows 11 this fall, or the Insider release in a little over a week.

The list of processors is extensive, although we're not sure if it's also entirely inclusive. Microsoft has divided it into three separate lists: one for AMD, one for Intel, and one for Qualcomm.

Here's a link to the AMD list (opens in new tab). Processors ranging from AMD Ryzen 3 3250Cs to AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WXs are supported. Here's Intel's list (opens in new tab), which covers just about every relevant or semi-relevant Intel chip on the planet. Qualcomm's list (opens in new tab) limits things to a comparatively tiny seven compatible Snapdragon processors (which is all of them except the first-gen Snapragon 835).

Microsoft's list doesn't seem to go back to Intel's 6th Gen 'Skylake' series of chips, which came out around 2015. That also includes some of Microsoft's own Surface devices like Surface Book 1 and Surface Pro 4, which is interesting.

Microsoft has also published a hard floor and soft floor breakdown of what's required to run Windows 11. The hard floor is as follows:

  • CPU: Core >= 2 and Speed >= 1 GHz
  • System Memory: TotalPhysicalRam >= 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Security: TPM Version >= 1.2 and SecureBootCapable = True
  • Smode: Smode is false, or Smode is true and C_ossku in (0x65, 0x64, 0x63, 0x6D, 0x6F, 0x73, 0x74, 0x71)

And here's the soft floor:

  • Security: TPMVersion >= 2.0
  • CPU Generation

These aren't tech specs to be ignored. As stated by Microsoft (opens in new tab) in its post outlining the two floors, "in order to run Windows 11, devices must meet the following specifications. Devices that do not meet the hard floor cannot be upgraded to Windows 11, and devices that meet the soft floor will receive a notification that upgrade is not advised."

It sounds like for older devices, regardless of the CPU, as long as they meet the 'hard floor' requirement (including TPM 1.2), they can still get Windows 11. So, yeah, lots of wiggle room.

Of course, we should point out that this is Windows meaning there is always a workaround. Just because your computer's hardware may not officialy support Windows 11 does not necessarily mean you can get it to install some other way. Likewise, Microsoft could loosen these restrictions based on feedback, so stick a pin in this, and we'll see where we stand in October.

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

56 Comments
  • They need to fix the PC Health app, its making more people pissed that they can't get Windows 11 without any specific pointers, my laptop can run Windows 11 smoothly, yet the dumbass app says otherwise...
  • They're already listening to feedback e.g. telling WHAT is missing/wrong. I'd expect a few updates between now and October to that app to address these issues.
  • It's real weird minimum hardware requirements include 1GHz dual core X64 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and 720p screens because laptops that budget-oriented usually don't have a TPM chip thanks to penny-pinching bean counters. Still, as a longtime Insider that get every new build religiously every single week I hope I still get to test drive MS' latest and greatest.
  • I have a Surface Go 2, i3 and 8gb RAM, with TPM and secure boot all enabled in BIOS. Yes Microsoft it's one of yours, and according to the PC health app it won't run W11. Best to ignore the app until it's fixed I think
  • That's a huge amount of devices that "will receive a notification that upgrade is not advised". This will fragment the Windows ecosystem badly, and Windows 11 adoption will be a slug. "Microsoft's list doesn't seem to go back to Intel's 6th Gen 'Skylake' series of chips, which came out around 2015."
    It doesn't even go back to 7th gen.
  • Yep not happy as I have intel 6700k which faster than some 8 series processors.
  • Well, it's not about performance, at most, it would be about unsupported CPU features. But still, this seems way too radical.
  • Exactly this. I have a 7th gen i5-7200U, and the checker is saying I can't run 11, even though all my specs meet the requirements. The 7th gen is only 4 years old. I don't get why the only are allowing 3 year old processors.
  • Well, to be clear, your CPU won't block you from getting Windows 11, it is just not "advised." How that shakes out by October I think is something to watch. And this assumes that the list is exhaustive, which I'm not entirely sure it is yet.
  • It's usually the new TPM2.0 requirement. it doesn't exist in any non-business Desktop PCs. you can normally find it in laptops, if you have TPM2.0 not TPM1.2 then you are fine, but in desktops doesn't usually exist at all.
  • Actually many motherboards do have them. I have Asus Prime Z370-A. In the bios, it let me enable TPM in the firmware, and it passed the Windows 11 validation.
  • Even my i5 9600 from *last year* results in the Health Check telling me I can't upgrade to Windows 11 lmao. How are they going to get anyone to upgrade with these absurd requirements?
  • Hopefully you didn't drop 4 grand on a first gen Surface Studio or Surface Book because it looks like those are about to become very expensive e-waste.
  • Windows 10 will be getting updates through 2025, hardly the end of the world if you don't upgrade.
  • This is the same false statement that people made when Windows 10 was released and people were foolishly hanging on to Windows 7, which was 3 versions old at that point.
  • People that dropped 4 grand on a first-gen Surface Studio or Surface Book are probably rocking themselves to sleep tonight. I wonder if MS considered that a huge chunk - if not the majority - of their 1.3 billion install base have devices that don't have that TPM chip or have CPUs several generations old? Way to shoot your own market share in the foot.
  • Folks information was given out that some devices that are not rated to upgrade to Windows 11 can get it through becoming
    a Windows insider. I guess somehow an insider's version of Windows 11 is different from what Microsoft s regular site uses to
    upgrade folks to Windows 11. Frankly I think that Microsoft will swiftly modify Windows 11 to update more computers or else
    Windows 11 will take years to get well used. Windows 10 will be supported to 2025 so folks have at least 4 years to get a New PC
  • I have Skylake 2-in-1 and am quite shocked and disappointed to find out about this. My PC has TPM 2.0, and is still extremely capable for everyday tasks but is not supported. Meanwhile, the newer, yet weaker Celerons and Pentiums can run Windows 11? What were they thinking? EDIT: just re-read about the soft/hard floor requirements. Thankfully it's still possible! Still, this isn't a good thing for older PCs.
  • I wish they'd waive the TPM requirement. Otherwise, my trusty old Lenovo would still be eligible. *Le sigh* Hopefully I can still get it via Insider Dev.
  • How old is your computer? TPM 1.2 goes back to like 2011 and is the hard floor requirement.
  • I have a Lenovo G40-45 from 2014 or 2015. I forgot exactly what year I bought it. It has an AMD E1-6010 + Radeon R2 graphics so very much a budget device and Lenovo never installed the chip because of penny-pinching. I already checked BIOS and Device Manager... it's just not there.
  • So I can run crysis (and any other game) in 4K on ultra but not Windows 11 because I have no TPM and it is not in my BIOS settings. If they don't change this, hacked modified ISO's will probably making a return seeing that the internet is on fire right now when you type in TPM. We are going back to the early days of pirated modified branches of Windows. Well done MS! :/
  • It's not about performance but about security more than anything.
    Brad Sams reported on youtube that a lot of gaming boxes skip TPM (presumably to maximize compatibility with nonWindows games) so you'll have plenty of company if things don't change.
  • Yeah security... Big win for them and the internet. When most gamers and other people are going to have to run Windows 11 with modified DLL's and not being able to update automatically because of those modifications. Microsoft was always the backward compatibility company. I am really angry right now :p
  • HAHAHAHAHA...I forgot about that. I guess I'll be firing up PirateBay again soon.
  • I guess this means my old ass Haswell laptop won't get Windows 11?
  • I have the same doubt, because if it complies with tpm 1.2 and secure boot, Microsoft must solve it or it will become Windows Vista 2.0, my laptop is a Dell Latitude E7440. thought precisely about security with its minor version tpm 2.0
  • Does Microsoft really think all 1.3 billion W10 install base are running on PCs with a TPM chip? I get MS and partners need to sell laptops but...what a way to shoot your own market share in the foot.
  • Anyone else getting the glitch where the PC Health app says that their computer is eligible for Windows 11, but the Settings app says no? Happened on my Surface Laptop 2.
  • Where do you check this in the Settings app?
  • Bad news, I have 6th gen laptop in good condition and I'm still using it as a primary device. Everything is matched except processor generation. In that case I'll install Linux after October '25 or replace it with Macbook.
  • Edit: I just read the article again and it shows what I expected. I can download it via ISO.
  • Pour one out for people that dropped 4 grand on a first-gen Surface Studio or Surface Book.
  • The Intel requeriments aren't true, as I see in the same site that the requerimentrs for Windows 10 21H1 on i7 start with i7-5500U, when now I'm running i7-940 without any problem or advise from Microsoft. The only performance I see is on the last months playing Call of Duty: Warzone, but nothing more. The time will make this more clear.
  • Yeah, spec testing is a joke... Says my box won't support Win11 despite having 64-cores and 4 CPUs @ 3.8Ghz with 256GB of RAM and 28TB of storage because of proc generation. Looks like I'll be sticking with Win10 for a while so I won't have to downgrade to crappy consumer/gamer hardware just to run Win11. From the looks of it, not being able to move my start bar to the top is also a non-starter. With 6 monitors, only one monitor needs the start bar - and at the top of that screen. You go Microsoft and piss off all of your corporate customers, devs, and serious users. Keep optimizing your OS platform for gamers and people who could live on a daily basis with just their phones.
  • Dayum. I can only imagine what your electric bill looks like but kinda jealous you've got one Chad of a rig. 👍👍👍
  • I suggest revising this article and explaining what soft floor and hard floor are, because damn these peeps are confused.
  • Even with the soft floor, that's gonna be a ton of users getting a notification telling them Windows 11 is 'not recommended' =/
  • I think they should require this security features only from OEM's, for new devices. For upgrades they need to scrap this, or many users will not upgrade to 11.
  • Yes yes yes.
  • So since my desktop doesn't have a TPM chip, does that mean it becomes e-waste ie I throw it away after 2025 even if it works? Sounds like the perfect time to switch to Linux for me even though some of my hardware doesn't work on it.
    The inclusion of TPM as the minimum requirement doesn't make sense. I hope they change this and make TPM optional.
  • Depending on your motherboard you may have an empty TPM slot.
  • Thanks for the information above. I did some digging on the Intel processors that were supported and compared the features of my 6th gen i7(not W11 supported) with supported 8th gen and xeon on ark_Intel_com... I was not able to determine a common feature in the supported cpus that didn't exist in mine... Can you please find out why they limited the Cpu when most Intel 3rd gen and higher out perform the celerons that are on the list? Thanks!
  • Jeez...so even the first-gen Surface Studio and Surface Book are not supported? I have a feeling many people that spent $4k on those are going to cry themselves to sleep tonight.
  • I feel like Microsoft themselves are gonna cry themselves to sleep when they realise getting 1 billion Windows 11 users is gonna take them through to the end of the decade
  • @Zeem Frostmaw actually, it won't. Working from home is no longer "frowned upon". Many businesses went under primarily because they couldn't afford or sustain a commercial lease for a phyiscal unit or office block. By allowing employees working from home, businesses can instead reduce their commercial unit footprint - which in turn reduces associated overheards. Allowing the business to acquire work laptops for employees and set them up with group policy etc. Then set up a hot desk rota, voila a tonne of money saved - especially with teams integration in W11. Businesses could have saved more with Continuum and Windows Phones as the docking feature is really an extension of continuum. Which would have lead to alot more activations for cloud storage and e-sim. Along with phone sales and associated hardware required such as a Continuum dock, bluetooth accessories - dongles / adaptors / keyboards and mice (in turn the mass production of such items would have ultimately driven the cost down for rechargeable mice + keyboard in the long term - thus reducing the need to buy batteries - so less batteries thrown away in the trash in the long term). It's much easier to ship someone a phone and a dock then it is to send a laptop. Not to mention it's cheaper too. Plus it's easier to wipe down a phone and a dock then it is a laptop. But those damned bean counters literally destroyed a billion dollar business with their short sightedness and reduced other opportunities to reduce e-waste.
  • *Steps back from the cliff*
    "Phew." I exclaimed, "Thanks Dan for clearing that up."
  • Guess my Surface pro 4 is out of luck then lol i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.50 GHz
    RAM 8.00 GB
    256 hhd, 80 gig free TPM ? issue? In the settings area it states that pc does not meet minimum hardware requirements recommended for windows 11, and there may be issues and bugs that impact your experience, however no way to download it from update settings, so i cannot check for these bugs, or issues, i think my Surface is right on the limit of getting this update, but it might be time to upgrade,.
  • So AMD has PSP, do I need to get a TPM on my motherboard?
  • Can you enable fTPM in the BIOS?
  • Oh god damned. I just missed the cut with Ryzen 2500U.
  • @markiz the 2500U is a first gen Ryzen APU 😅.
  • Looked at the list....yey :) But after using the checker......seems like the Surface Book 2 with the i5-7300 isn't supported! :( Stupid as a an Atom x6200FE is!! (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/support...) Like has been said things may change.......
  • Well, fudge looks like I need to do some upgrades for the PCs I've built for other folks. Their budget was so damn low I had to really scrape, haggle and even put some of my own money into their builds lol... as I result i had to use second hand gen 1 Ryzen for their desktops (good enough for the basics - only one person games the rest is just web browsing, youtube, word + excel). Thank God for AMD making AM4 so flexible - the B450 boards I've used effectively enable 4 generations of upgrades.
  • This page at Microsoft links to the supported CPU lists for Windows 7 through 11, including the Windows 11 lists given in the article: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/windows... I'm finding that a number of machines that were supplied with Windows 7 by the OEM and that were successfully upgraded to Windows 8 and 10 have CPU's that aren't on the supported CPU lists for any of those either.
  • Disappointing that Surface Go 1's chip Pentium 4415Y is not supported by Windows 11 :-( This is a 2018 device, which is not THAT old.