However, Microsoft did state that they were considering lowering the requirements, and the good news is that they have, sort of. According to Microsoft, “We have concluded that the compatible 64-bit processors selected, 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, UEFI secure boot, graphics requirements and TPM 2.0 are the right minimum system requirements to deliver on the principles we established to best support you.”
They also add, “We did identify a set of PC models that meet the principles while running on Intel 7th Gen processors that we did not originally include in our minimum system requirements.” This will now include the Intel® Core X-series, Xeon W-series, and also Core 7820HQ, although the latter is “only select devices that shipped with modern drivers based on Declarative, Componentized, Hardware Support Apps (DCH) design principles”.
What this means is that while the requirements remain largely the same, users who might not own compatible CPUs can still try their luck, but there is no guarantee that it will work. In the meantime, if you’d like to know if your computer is capable of supporting Windows 11, check out our guide on how to see if your computer is Windows 11 ready.