Win11 CPU requirements


What Microsoft has done with the totally arbitrary CPU requirements for Windows 11 is a disgrace. There are so many perfectly capable chips excluded for no good reason. For example, a high end Intel 7th gen chip could be as few as two years old, but Microsoft now says they are obsolete. There is no good explanation other than trying to force people to buy new PCs. And keeping OEMs fat and happy is certainly not a legitimate reason. I wasn’t impressed with Win11 myself and wouldn’t run it anyway, but a lot of people who were are now discovering greedy MS won’t allow them to use it. I have seen more devoted fans swear off Windows this week than in the past five years combined. Even the WinCentral fanboys are upset about this. People have finally had enough of Microsoft’s BS, and who can blame them? This is just like the disaster of Windows Vista, but even worse. And there’s no Windows 7 coming to save face. Windows is already in such a perilous state as a platform, and alienating this many users will be impossible to recover from.

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    Well, I just installed Windows 11 on my supposedly unsupported Surface Pro 4 through the Windows Insider Dev channel. And guess what? It works just fine. My Spidey-sense is telling me that all this handwringing over upgrade specs is just a lot of theater. By the time it comes to market, they'll likely let anyone run it on anything. It's just unfortunate that they've shot themselves in the PR foot yet again with all the kerfuffle in the meantime.

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    Personally, my guess is they just did not think about it in depth - i.e. go through processor by processor when doing the documentation. I am guessing Gen 7 CPUs - somehave the built in TPM and some don't (just a guess, but trying to make sense of it). Now that they failed to communicate the real requirements and give a solid reason for why certain processors are included and which ones are not... they have to rush through CPU by CPU and test them to make sure they are compatible. The compatibility checking software will be updated to give a more detailed reason of why a certain configuration (i.e. having a list of motherboards and whether the board's firmware supports configuring TPM on/off, the specific CPU and whether it is acceptable... This is all stuff they should have had done before the event, but failed to do properly. The software should also be in the process of being updated, and include pass or fail, and if fail what is missing (and whether a TPU module can be put on the board) and a detailed explanation of the rational behind such requirements. It should also have a clause in there reassuring that their machine will remain useable with Win10 and it will retain support for another 4 years (probably should extend that depending on whether the total upgrade supports at least give the computer 10 years of windows updates from estimated time on market). [even if not getting updates the hardware should continue to run fine]

    I however think they are making some initial moves in the right direction, though I have a long list of things that they should have on their list to fix (plumbing / support) . Unfortunately Microsoft has basically had 'a lost decade' -- so lots to catch up on.

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