July 26, 2021

Microsoft explains itself and opens the door to change

Will or will not install Windows 11? Microsoft explains its position on the minimum requirements. 7th Generation Ryzen 1000 and Core processors are in the spotlight.

A lot of ink has been spilled over the technical conditions for using Windows 11. It must be said that Microsoft has made several changes to the minimum configuration of its new system and has been scary on two points: the obligation to have TPM 2.0 activated on its machine and a very restrictive list of compatible processors.

Officially, Windows 11 does not support Intel or AMD processors dating from before 2017. It is therefore many machines that are left behind, and in particular Surface products, which are still on sale at the time of this writing. . In an article published on its official blog, the Windows team discusses these terms of use.

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The security argument

The performance argument is impossible to invoke for Microsoft: some Intel Celeron or Atom processors are present in the list of compatible processors while they are very poor performance on a daily basis, much less than the older Core i7 or i5 left out. . The firm therefore calls primarily for security to justify the limits.

Microsoft mentions in particular the integration of functions such as VBS (Virtualizatio-based security), HVCI (Hypervisor-protected code integrity), Secure Boot or even encryption which need hardware support and in particular the use of both the TPM, but also VBS capabilities built into the processor. The firm also evokes the use of its new model of drivers for Windows 10 and 11 which would allow a much better reliability of the system.

Finally, Microsoft recalls that the request for 64 GB of free space, 4 GB of RAM and a 2-core processor with more than 1 GHz of frequency makes it possible to align Windows 11 on the minimum configuration for using Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Office.

Microsoft paves the way for wider processor compatibility

The most interesting thing about the Microsoft article is not so much in the justification of the firm, but in the opening that it draws in the following paragraph. It indicates that if currently Windows 11 is planned to request an 8th generation Intel Core or an AMD Ryzen Zen 2 as the bare minimum, Microsoft will study the possibility of opening up compatibility to processors. 7th Generation Intel Core and to AMD Ryzen Zen 1 (Ryzen 1000).

To determine this, the development team promises to see if each processor meets the principles of security and reliability discussed above.

Microsoft is still changing communication in a hurry

But of course we are talking about Microsoft and nothing could be done just from the start. The firm once again tripped over the carpet with this blog article since a first published version put a definitive cross on older processors. This first version of the text stated “we know that devices running a 6th gen Intel or a pre-Zen AMD processor»Will not comply with the principles of safety and reliability. This reference has disappeared from the article in question.

Perhaps Microsoft did not want to close the door to these processors right away, for technical reasons or more simply for communication.

The PC Health Check app is disappearing for the moment

The famous PC Health Check app that stuck cold sweats on everyone was obviously not ready. As a reminder, this software was responsible for judging whether or not your machine could be eligible for the future installation of Windows 11. Problem: when this is not the case, the software had a hard time explaining to you why.

Faced with the outcry, Microsoft has decided to remove the application for the moment, the time to review its copy. It will be put back online later, probably in the summer, when Microsoft will have a final version of the minimum configuration and the application will be able to clearly communicate the reasons for its validation or not.

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