The blog post confirms that, as things stand right now, you will at least need an Intel 8th Gen Core, AMD Zen 2, or Qualcomm 7/8 series processors to run Windows 11. The software giant will roll out Windows 11 to Windows Insiders with Intel 7th Gen Core and AMD first-gen Ryzen processors to verify whether these devices meet Microsoft's principles. Anything older is not even considered.
To meet Microsoft's new security principles, all supported processors must have embedded TPM, support secure boot, and support specific VBS (virtualization-based security) capabilities. Contrary to earlier reports, it does seem that TPM 2.0 will be a requirement for getting Windows 11 on your home computer. A TPM module can be added to your computer if your motherboard has a TPM 2.0 header -- but this will still not get your PC compatible if you have an unsupported CPU.
Windows 11 build for Windows Insiders arrivesWindows Insiders can now start testing Windows 11 as Microsoft has pushed the first preview build. Microsoft says they've lowered the bar for these builds to see how Windows 11 performs across CPU models:
Today, we’re releasing the first preview build of Windows 11 to the Windows Insider community. In support of the Windows 11 system requirements, we’ve set the bar for previewing in our Windows Insider Program to match the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, with the exception for TPM 2.0 and CPU family/model. By providing preview builds to the diverse systems in our Windows Insider Program, we will learn how Windows 11 performs across CPU models more comprehensively, informing any adjustments we should make to our minimum system requirements in the future. We look forward to the product feedback and learnings as it’s an important step to prepare Windows 11 for general availability this year – thank you to the Windows Insider community for your excitement and feedback thus far!