The latest Microsoft system, despite the novelties it introduces, requires a computer with a modern processor. The manufacturer and the system published a complete list, which includes all compatible CPUs with Windows 11. Nevertheless, even relatively recently released processors are not compatible with the production system of the Redmond giant. As it turns out Windows 11 can work fine with semiconductors that it shouldn’t, in theory.
Windows 11 compatible with older processors
Some time ago, Microsoft promised that the refreshed Kaby Lake G systems would be compatible with the latest version of Windows. He kept this promise and the update of the graphics drivers 30.0.13025.1000 enables the installation of Windows 11 on computers (namely laptops) with a CPU based on the Kaby Lake G architecture.
Interestingly, the graphics driver 30.0.13025.1000 is based on AMD Adrenalin 21.10.1, an update introducing full compatibility for AMD Radeon graphics cards.
The history of the Kaby Lake G family is very interesting – as the name says, they are based on the Intel Kaby Lake architecture (first used in the production of Intel Core 7th generation processors, released at the beginning of 2017). The chips marked “G” were released at the beginning of 2018, when Intel already had the Coffe Lake architecture (8th generation). Nevertheless, these are definitely interesting processors, because they have an integrated AMD graphics chip on board (different variants of the RX Vega M to be exact).
The latest update introduces Windows 11 compatibility with such processors as: Intel Core i7-8705G, i7-8706G, i7-8709G, i7-8809G and i5-8305G. Even though they have the “8” at the beginning of the name, they are still Kaby Lake. The decision may turn out to be a bit unfair to owners of Kaby Lake desktop (for example Intel Core i7-7700K), which, despite their years, are still efficient processors.
On the other hand, for Microsoft, support for a smaller number of CPUs is convenient, because the manufacturer does not have to update them in case of problems.