The company has announced that they are open to lowering the minimum requirements for Windows 11, one that would allow 7th gen Intel processors and AMD Zen 1 chips to upgrade to the new operating system. This isn’t a done deal yet and Microsoft is expected to take the data they gather from the Windows 11 Insider preview to determine if lowering the requirements is possible.
According to Microsoft, “We are confident that devices running on Intel 8th generation processors and AMD Zen 2 as well as Qualcomm 7 and 8 Series will meet our principles around security and reliability and minimum system requirements for Windows 11. As we release to Windows Insiders and partner with our OEMs, we will test to identify devices running on Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 that may meet our principles.”
That being said, note that the lowering of requirements does not remove the requirements that your computer must have a TPM 2.0 module installed. Many have recently found out that in addition to meeting the hardware requirements like RAM and CPU, they would also need to have a TPM 2.0 module which does complicate things.
We’re not sure if further down the line if Microsoft will remove the TPM 2.0 requirement, but for now it’s here to stay.