After breathing a sigh of relief on discovering the long list of motherboards compatible with Windows 11, let’s talk the stringent technical requirements of the new operating system it’s Microsoft.
In a long interview with the guys from TechRepublicMicrosoft’s director of OS security David Weston illustrated some of the cornerstones of the new Windows 11 operating system and why there are some limitations on compatible hardware.
In particular, we refer to the relatively short list of compatible CPUs and the need to have TPM 2.0 active.
Microsoft’s goal is to ensure greater security and an experience more based on the user’s trust in entrusting personal data to their system. For this reason, mesh system requirements became necessary less wide compared to the past.
Windows actually introduced TPM 2.0 activation as a requirement for years, but many manufacturers have decided to bypass Microsoft’s choice to ensure greater autonomy and better performance. The activation of the TPM 2.0 module together with the other malware mitigation solutions present on Windows 11 guarantees a 60% increase in system security and, as Weston stated “virtualization-based security is on by default. Of course the TPM is there, so this will give us the ability to run BitLocker in Windows Hello in multiple predefined scenarios. These will allow commercial enterprises to apply Zero Trust solutions and take advantage of tools such as System Guard. There’s a lot of out-of-the-box security value. I want people to open their laptops and feel they are much more secure, and we know they will be, based on the threat intelligence analysis compared to the default settings“.
For this reason, some CPUs such as 7th generation Intel are in a gray area, omitted from both the supported processor list and the unsupported CPU list. In fact, these are chips that include virtualization-based security profiles, but have partial support compared to the standards required by Microsoft.
While we await the official release of the new OS, we remind you that in the past few hours an interesting detail has emerged on the need to use a Microsoft account during the installation of Windows 11.