New Update Windows 11's supported CPU list restores some of the previously removed Intel processors

CyberTech

Level 44
Thread author
Verified
Top Poster
Well-known
Nov 10, 2017
3,281
In August 2023, users noticed that Microsoft quietly and without a warning or explanation removed multiple Intel Xeon processors from the list of supported CPUs in Windows 11. What made the situation extra weird is that Microsoft kept eight-gen Intel Core models in the list, even though they shared the same CPU family with the 24 removed Xeon models.

Fast forward to today, all 24 processors removed in August are back on the list of officially supported CPUs in Windows 11. Those models include the following (via Deskmodder):
Intel Xeon E-2104G
Intel Xeon E-2124
Intel Xeon E-2124G
Intel Xeon E-2126G
Intel Xeon E-2134
Intel Xeon E-2136
Intel Xeon E-2144G
Intel Xeon E-2146G
Intel Xeon E-2174G
Intel Xeon E-2176G
Intel Xeon E-2176M
Intel Xeon E-2186G
Intel Xeon E-2186M
Intel Xeon E-2224
Intel Xeon E-2224G
Intel Xeon E-2226G
Intel Xeon E-2226GE
Intel Xeon E-2234
Intel Xeon E-2236
Intel Xeon E-2244G
Intel Xeon E-2246G
Intel Xeon E-2254ME
Intel Xeon E-2254ML
Intel Xeon E-2274G
Intel Xeon E-2276G
Intel Xeon E-2276M
Intel Xeon E-2276ME
Intel Xeon E-2276ML
Intel Xeon E-2278G
Intel Xeon E-2278GE
Intel Xeon E-2278GEL
Intel Xeon E-2286G
Intel Xeon E-2286M
Intel Xeon E-2288G
Intel Xeon E-2314
Intel Xeon E-2324G
Intel Xeon E-2334
Intel Xeon E-2336
Intel Xeon E-2356G
Intel Xeon E-2374G
Intel Xeon E-2378
Intel Xeon E-2378G
Intel Xeon E-2386G
Intel Xeon E-2388G

Like in August 2023, Microsoft has not officially commented on Windows 11's CPU requirement changes. It might be a mistake that took two months to fix or some technical reasons that required Microsoft to ditch 24 Xeon processors for a short period. Whatever the case, if you own one or several processors listed above, rest assured that they now officially support Microsoft's latest operating system.

For those curious, here are quick links to complete lists of supported CPUs:

Source
 

silversurfer

Level 85
Verified
Honorary Member
Top Poster
Content Creator
Malware Hunter
Well-known
Aug 17, 2014
9,974

Microsoft adds many new Intel processors to official Windows 11 23H2 / 22H2 support list​

Towards the end of July, Microsoft removed several Intel processors from its official Windows 11 supported CPU list. The change was pretty surprising as those chips were previously supported and there weren't any alterations made to the OS system requirements that warranted such changes.

Later on, in October, Microsoft seemed to realize its mistake and restored several of the CPUs on the list. Most consumers though weren't affected by this at all as they were Xeon SKUs, and even if a user owned such a Xeon processor, Windows 11 likely continued to work nicely on such PCs.

Fast forward a couple of months, and Microsoft has now added many new Intel x86 processors to the list of supported CPUs on Windows 11 22H2 and 23H2. Towards the end of September, the company began ensuring system requirements compatibility for Windows 11 version 23H2 after confirming earlier that hardware eligibility on 23H2 will remain unchanged from 22H2.
You can view the full list of Intel Windows 11-supported processors on Microsoft's website.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

Level 75
Verified
Honorary Member
Top Poster
Content Creator
Well-known
Apr 24, 2016
6,450
Microsoft adds Intel but skips new AMD CPUs on Windows 11 official supported processor list
At the end of November, Microsoft updated the list of supported Intel and AMD processors that are compatible with Windows 11. The list now includes chips that will run the newest generally available Windows client version, Windows 11 23H2 (also called the Windows 11 2023 update).

The company has included several new Intel processor models, both from desktop and mobile lineups. You can find the details about that in our dedicated article.

However, Microsoft has made no changes to the AMD list. While it can be argued that no new AMD processor has been publicly available since the last update back in July-August, it is still surprising considering that Microsoft added several newly released Intel CPUs from the Meteor Lake lineup that were announced a week after AMD unveiled its Ryzen 8040 and 8050 series. Much like Meteor Lake, these new Ryzen APUs also feature Neural Processing Units (NPUs), which are dedicated AI hardware processors meant for accelerating AI-based tasks and the upcoming next-gen Windows.

Hence, this also means that Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, which is AMD's first mobile processor with the 3D V-cache, is still not on the list, even though there are systems out there with this chip, and yet, Intel unannounced parts like the Core i9-14900HX, Core i7-14700HX and i7-14650HX, are already on the list.

What's even more surprising, perhaps, is that the AMD list still mentions the Ryzen 3 5380U despite the lack of acknowledgment from AMD about such a part existing, and yet processors that have been announced are yet to appear. A likely explanation for this could be that the certification procedure for eligibility has not yet been completed for these parts.

Moving on from x86 to Arm, the Qualcomm list of Windows 11-compatible processors also remains unchanged.

Edit: As Neowin forum member NextGen_Gamer points out, the Threadripper and Threadripper Pro 7000 series HEDT (high-end desktop) processors were also not added to the list even though they were released in October.
 

About us

  • MalwareTips is a community-driven platform providing the latest information and resources on malware and cyber threats. Our team of experienced professionals and passionate volunteers work to keep the internet safe and secure. We provide accurate, up-to-date information and strive to build a strong and supportive community dedicated to cybersecurity.

User Menu

Follow us

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to know first about the latest cybersecurity incidents and malware threats.

Top