Almost half of the Microsoft Surface device lineup will not be able to install Windows 11, as the company confirmed last Thursday when announcing the new operating system.
When PCWorld asked which Surface devices would be compatible with Windows 11, a Microsoft representative responded by mail with the names of just five devices, as well as the latest versions of each Surface model. To date, Microsoft has produced 25 different models, excluding Surface Duo.
Microsoft hasn’t explained why it is excluding so many Surface devices from Windows 11, but the reason is likely due to the demands of Equipment Windows 11 minimum and probably the need for a TPM 2.0 coprocessor.
Of the 25 different Surface devices that Microsoft has created to date, only 13 are compatible with Windows 11. Most Tablet
To get right to the point, if you have a Surface device made before 2017, it might not be compatible with the Windows 11 update.
“The following devices meet the requirements of Equipment minimum to approve Windows 11 through the Windows Insider program, ”the Microsoft representative said in his statement. Users can use the PC Health Check app to see if their device meets the minimum system requirements, he added.
Surfaces that can install Windows 11
According to Microsoft, Surface devices that are compatible with the Windows 11 update are included in this list. We have added the release date of the device in parentheses.
- Surface Book 3 (May 2020)
- Surface Book 2 – models with 8th Generation Intel processors only (Core i5-8350U or Core i7-8650U, not Core i5-7300U (November 2017)
- Surface Go 2 (May 2020)
- Surface Laptop 4 13.5 “(April 2021)
- Surface Laptop 4 15 “(April 2021)
- Surface Laptop 3 13.5 “(October 2019)
- Surface Laptop 3 15 “(October 2019)
- Surface Laptop 2 (October 2018)
- Surface Laptop Go (October 2020)
- Surface Pro 7+ (February 2021)
- Surface Pro 7 (October 2019)
- Surface Pro 6 (October 2018)
- Surface Pro X (November 2019)
In addition, PCWorld has also started testing our Surface devices to see if they meet these Windows 11 requirements.
Gordon Mah Ung tested the Surface Pro 3, the device that unveiled the Surface Pro line, and found it to be unsupported.
While Microsoft has hinted that you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 11 to take advantage of the cool and unexpected features of Windows 11, it also hinted that we still have plenty of time to use Windows 10.
Windows 10 will no longer be supported in 2025. Still, that’s a bit disappointing, especially if you’ve purchased a Surface device. premium
Original article published in PCWorld US.