These Intel CPUs Will No Longer Be Compatible with Windows 11!

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Microsoft has been upgrading Windows 11 every now and then with many major updates for the OS that have come out since its release back in 2021. Now, they are updating the system requirements for Windows 11. But why so? PCs get older and if they have obsolete, there will be problems while running the latest operating system. And to ensure a smooth run, these system requirements change. As a result, many Intel CPUs are no longer compatible with Windows 11. Check out the details below.

Intel CPUs That Don’t Support Windows 11 Anymore!

The time has come for Microsoft to update its system requirements for Windows 11 and they will be dropping support for several older-generation Intel CPUs. This mostly includes Intel’s 8th-Gen Xeon processors as reported by

The list of these Intel Xeon Processors is below, so you can check it to see if your PC is affected by the system requirements change. Since other Intel 8th-Gen CPUs such as the i7-8700K, i5-8400, or laptop CPUs are still supported, this change shouldn’t impact most people.

  1. Intel Xeon E-2104G
  2. Intel Xeon E-2124
  3. Intel Xeon E-2124G
  4. Intel Xeon E-2126G
  5. Intel Xeon E-2134
  6. Intel Xeon E-2136
  7. Intel Xeon E-2144G
  8. Intel Xeon E-2146G
  9. Intel Xeon E-2174G
  10. Intel Xeon E-2176G
  11. Intel Xeon E-2176M
  12. Intel Xeon E-2186G
  13. Intel Xeon E-2186M
  14. Intel Xeon E-2224
  15. Intel Xeon E-2224G
  16. Intel Xeon E-2226G
  17. Intel Xeon E-2226GE
  18. Intel Xeon E-2234
  19. Intel Xeon E-2236
  20. Intel Xeon E-2244G
  21. Intel Xeon E-2246G
  22. Intel Xeon E-2254ME
  23. Intel Xeon E-2254ML
  24. Intel Xeon E-2274G
  25. Intel Xeon E-2276G
  26. Intel Xeon E-2276M
  27. Intel Xeon E-2276ME
  28. Intel Xeon E-2276ML
  29. Intel Xeon E-2278G
  30. Intel Xeon E-2278GE
  31. Intel Xeon E-2278GEL
  32. Intel Xeon E-2286G
  33. Intel Xeon E-2286M
  34. Intel Xeon E-2288G
  35. Intel Xeon E-2314
  36. Intel Xeon E-2324G
  37. Intel Xeon E-2334
  38. Intel Xeon E-2336
  39. Intel Xeon E-2356G
  40. Intel Xeon E-2374G
  41. Intel Xeon E-2378
  42. Intel Xeon E-2378G
  43. Intel Xeon E-2386G
  44. Intel Xeon E-2388G

These are all workstation-grade CPUs, mostly utilized in servers and professional environments. None of them are part of the CPU lineup Intel intended for normal consumers, so even if you have an older processor, chances are it will still work with Windows 11 just fine.

Apart from these Intel Xeon CPUs, a report by states that its forum users are unable to use ‘bypass methods,’ which people use to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware such as Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs.

So, on the latest Windows 11 build, they have created additional safeguards against the workarounds used by people for installing Windows 11 on older systems. In the future, (maybe with Windows 12) they could also block completely block OS installation on older CPUs. By the way, you can read everything we know about the upcoming Windows 12 update here.

Comments 2
  • John says:

    It appears that Microsoft now determines how long hardware is capable of using a Windows OS. What is truly bizarre is that Xeon CPU’s lose support but then you have Celeron’s and Pentiums still being supported. Just no logical reasoning behind what Microsoft is doing other than just being A holes about what hardware can run Windows now.

  • Nani says:

    So I really dodged a bullet when I ignored Microsoft’s push to upgrade my win10 on a PC with older CPU? Completely locking out older hardware after allowing in the early builds is terrible.

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