When Microsoft announced Windows 11, it also revealed the minimum system requirements needed to run the new operating system.
Although these were not particularly demanding requirements, those with older processors will be left out of the upgrade. However, this could change in the future.
The company has announced that they are open to reducing the minimum requirements of Windows 11.
That would allow 7th Generation Intel Processors and AMD Zen 1 Chips to upgrade to the new operating system. This is not yet certain and Microsoft is expected to use the data collected in the Windows 11 Insider Preview to determine whether the requirements can be reduced.
We are confident that devices powered by Intel 8th Generation and AMD Zen 2 processors, as well as Qualcomm 7 and 8 Series, will meet our principles of security and reliability and the minimum system requirements for Windows 11.
As we roll out Windows Insiders and partner with OEM manufacturers, we will test to identify devices powered by 7th Gen Intel and AMD Zen 1 that can meet our principles.
That said, keep in mind that reducing power requirements does not eliminate the requirement that the computer has a TPM 2.0 module installed. In addition to meeting hardware requirements such as RAM and CPU, a TPM 2.0 module will also be needed, which complicates things.