microsoft has expanded its support for processors in Windows 11 through a recent operating system update. Both new Intel and AMD processors are now compatible with Windows 11. This update, known as Moment 3 for Windows 11 22H2, has benefited Microsoft, but there are some important things to note.
It's crucial to understand that this update doesn't automatically make unsupported PCs officially compatible with Windows 11. Each version of Win 11 (22H1 and 22H2) has its own specific list of supported processors. So, while the update adds new chips to the list, it doesn't change the compatibility status for all PCs.
Microsoft's Windows 11 now supports new Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors
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Among the new Intel processors supported are the Core i9 13900KS, which boasts a clock speed of 6 GHz, and the Raptor Lake mobile processors like the i5 1334U, 1335U, 1335UE, and 13500HS. The complete list of supported processors for Windows 11 22H2 is available on Microsoft's website.
For AMD, the list of newly supported processors is extensive. It includes chips with 3D V-Cache technology such as the 5900X3D AM4, 7950X3D, 7900X3D, and 7800X3D AM5. Additionally, older AM4 models like the Ryzen 3 4100, Ryzen 5 4500, 5500, and 5600 have been added. The full list of supported AMD processors for Windows 11 22H2 are also available on Microsoft's website.
Microsoft has also updated its compatibility list for Qualcomm processors. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and Microsoft SQ3 chips are now supported. Details of all compatible Qualcomm processors can be available on Microsoft's website as well.
When Win 11 was initially announced two years ago, Microsoft set minimum technical requirements that excluded many machines that were still capable of running the new OS. However, hackers have found ways to work around these limitations. Some have created tools like Rufus to overcome Microsoft's restrictions. While others have developed unofficial versions of Windows 11 that users can install on officially incompatible PCs.
While these workarounds exist, it's important to note that they may come with risks or drawbacks. We always recommend using officially supported hardware and software to ensure optimal performance and security.