We have continued our compatible by design approach from Windows 10 to Windows 11, through our multiple efforts across validation, discovery and partner outreach. Based on these efforts, we have a positive signal of the continued compatibility with Windows 11, to the same standard as Windows 10. For cases where changes may cause a compatibility issues, the App Assure program provides the necessary support to ensure that our commercial customers can upgrade safely. In addition to App Assure, Test Base for Microsoft 365 enables our partners to onboard apps to a managed environment and validate.
We recommend that all our partners continue to support the confidence of our shared customers in the new version of Windows by validating that apps are fully functional on Windows 11. The following are a set of guidelines for validation steps specific to the changes made in Windows 11. We will be updating this documentation over time.
Hardware and Software Requirements
There are new minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. In order to run Windows 11, devices must meet the hardware specifications. Devices that do not meet the hardware requirements cannot be upgraded to Windows 11.
- Want to upgrade your device to Windows 11, but aren’t sure about Windows 11 compatibility? Microsoft has finally re-released the Windows 11 compatibility check tool and it’s now easy to figure out if the latest version of the operating system is compatible with your device.
- Windows 11 was announced in June 2021 with new design features that would make it an attractive upgrade for some users.
- Microsoft later announced strict requirements for its next operating system and a lot of users cannot upgrade to Windows 11 for free from their existing PC—provided that it doesn’t meet necessary hardware requirements.
- Windows 11 is officially supported on PCs with Intel’s 8th-gen core CPU, Ryzen 2000 series and above.
- Based on the telemetry data from Windows Insiders, Microsoft has now added support for select Intel’s 7th-gen chips.
- According to the updated list, Windows 11 will now work on the following 7th-gen chips:. Core X-series chips. Xeon W-series processors. Core i7-7820HQ (was on devices like the Surface Studio 2).
In other words, Microsoft is dropping support for older and widely used 7th-generation Core processors.
6th-gen and other processors are also unsupported. In fact, a chunk of Microsoft’s own Surface lineup would be ineligible for Windows 11 upgrades. Microsoft stands firm on hardware requirements and it looks like older processors won’t be officially supported, but loopholes will allow users to install Windows 11 on any device.