the new minimum configuration drops a lot of PCs

Since the announcement of Windows 11, confusion reigns over the prerequisites for installing the new system on a PC. Microsoft has tried to clarify the situation.

Conflicting messages and inadequate software, we can say that Microsoft has put all the odds on its side to sow confusion and fear on Windows 11. The key question: will my PC be compatible with the new system of exploitation? The answer may well be no for many.

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TPM 2.0 is indeed mandatory

During the presentation of Windows 11, the official site of Microsoft presented a list of the minimum characteristics which made shudder: the TPM would be necessary and in version 2.0. At the same time, the company has published technical documentation online, which suggests that TPM 1.2 was ultimately sufficient to install Windows 11.

To learn more about TPM and whether your machine is compatible or how to activate it, we have a dedicated folder.

On the evening of Friday June 25 to Saturday June 26, Microsoft updated the documentation to align with what the official Windows 11 site presented. According to this new version, TPM 2.0 will indeed be the prerequisite minimum. Without it, Windows 11 will not install.

All processors before 2017 are discontinued

Bigger problem than TPM 2.0: the new documentation from Microsoft indicates that it is necessary to use a processor on the very small list of processors supported by Windows 11.

When we look at the list, we realize that Microsoft drew a line in 2017: 8th generation Intel Core processors and AMD Ryzen 2000s are the minimum to be able to install Windows 11.

We therefore understand why Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2 at 4,149 euros is not in the list of Windows 11 compatible PCs: it includes an Intel Core i7 7820HQ processor, therefore 7th generation.

Microsoft is confusing

We decided in this article to report exactly what Microsoft indicates as the new Windows 11 prerequisites. This is the official communication from the publisher for the moment. We will have to wait and see until the system is released at the end of the year to see if the firm manages to keep this line, which seems impossible to maintain.

Admittedly, we have a hard time understanding why for nearly 24 hours, Microsoft publicly admitted that Windows 11 was perfectly installable on old PCs with old processors, which is also possible with the leaked build. This inevitably leaves a strange taste in the mouth. Difficult to hear performance or security reasons for this restrictive minimum configuration when Microsoft seemed to indicate that its OS was more widely compatible. On the technical level, one wonders.