Microsoft Updates CPU Support For Windows 11

Microsoft has been heavily criticized for limiting CPU support for Windows 11, and rightly so. This ridiculous policy has seen users with relatively new machines sporting powerful CPUs barred from upgrading to Windows 11, even though those machines are well and truly capable of running the latest operating system.

Microsoft has now released details of updated lists of CPUs supported by Windows 11. These updated lists were announced shortly after the release of the latest Windows 11 update (dubbed Moment 3) and see the addition of support for a large number of CPUs from Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm. There have also been a small number of processors removed from the list.

While the majority of additions to the listings are to include more recently released processors, if your CPU has previously been unsupported it might be worthwhile to recheck with the new updated list:

You might also need to check if you’re one of the unfortunate users whose CPU has been removed from support.

6 thoughts on “Microsoft Updates CPU Support For Windows 11”

  1. Elliott W. Carmack

    It looks like my AMD Ryzen 7 1800X is still not on the list of CPUs that Microsoft Windows 11 will support. I guess I will have to do the workarounds (registry cheats) to upgrade from Windows 10 to 11 when the time comes.

  2. Thanks Jim

    Whilst normally I would not advocate going around Microsoft’s rules there are already YouTube channels showing how you can get Windows 11 to run on Potato PCs to get around these ridiculous requirements. The one I took a look at does not prevent you from getting all the normal updates and security fixes as normal but I guess eventually there will be the deliberate Microsoft update that breaks things and another work-around will need to be found.

    I won’t bother upgrading my PC to Windows 11 until the final death knell for Windows 10 security updates – if Windows 12 comes out before that day I may skip 11 altogether as I did with Vista and Windows 8 (I see nothing in Windows 11 at all to tempt me to re-learn how to do something that I can do just as easily now in 10). However I have a couple of older PC’s in use that may well end up taking advantage of any offered work-arounds !


    1. Microsoft is always threatening to take action over those workarounds but don’t appear to be intent on implementing anything to prevent or disable them. My guess is, they never will.

    2. Agree wholeheartedly. I did upgrade to Windows 8 and thought it was a waste of time. All three of my PCs (one laptop) are on Windows 10, and only the laptop is eligible for Windows 11 which I don’t really want.

  3. Hi Jim, I see my CPU on the list. so I was looking for a link to get the update for my CPU but there was none on that page.
    so how do I get a update for it?
    thanks jack

    1. Hey Jack,

      There is no link and no update mate. The “update” part refers to the list published by Microsoft, which is an “updated” list of supported CPUs.

      If your CPU is included in that list, it means the PC meets the CPU requirement for updating to Windows 11.

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