Microsoft adds more processors to the Windows 11 list

Only a few new CPUs make the grade, but there will be ways for enthusiasts and IT pros to use Windows 11 on other PCs.

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What may seem overly onerous system requirements for Windows 11 are about delivering reliability, security and compatibility alongside the innovations in the new operating system. Customers are asking for both, Microsoft told TechRepublic, and that takes the right combination of hardware, software and drivers: hence, the restrictions on which CPUs and PCs are supported.

Microsoft isn’t changing its mind about requiring PCs that have 64-bit processors with specific features for speeding up security features, TPM 2 and modern drivers (plus the same storage and memory requirements as apps like Zoom and Teams already need).

SEE: Windows 11 cheat sheet: Everything you need to know (free PDF)…

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