Welp. Microsoft just updated the document The Verge linked to. It no longer allows any older CPUs nor TPM 1.2.
It’s now quite firm,
@MaryJo, what are the chances Microsoft may clarify why the document was changed. Are they really dropping support for prior than Intel 8th generation / AMD Zen+? A few outlets have already published the older document, which may have been Microsoft’s impetus in changing the document.
The biggest “red flag” is that the very short CPU support list is linked right on Microsoft’s main consumer Windows 11 page. These CPU lists aren’t hidden away in an OEM document, but front and center.
This change may remove many CPUs, including those in some Surface devices, from upgrading to Windows 11. Heck, the current Surface Studio 2 cannot be upgraded to Windows 11 under these restrictions. I mean, of the 1.3 billion Windows users, this will likely exclude a double-digit percentage.