Microsoft removes 44 Intel CPUs from Windows 11's Processor Compatibility list

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 7, 2023
Updated • Aug 7, 2023
Windows 11 News

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system has different hardware requirements than Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and previous versions of Windows. A modern processor is one of the requirements; Microsoft published three lists of officially supported CPUs, for Intel, AMD and Qualcomm, when it released Windows 11.

The company has updated the list several times since the release of Windows 11. Microsoft notes: "The processors listed represent the processor models which meet the minimum floor for the supported processor generations and up through the latest processors at the time of publication. These processors meet the design principles around security, reliability, and the minimum system requirements for Windows 11."

The AMD and Intel processor listings have been updated recently by Microsoft. While it is clear that new processors need to be added to the list regularly, as they are released, it happened in the past that Microsoft removed processors from the list. It is unclear why processors do get removed from the listing, as Microsoft does not provide information about this.

Our eagle-eyed colleagues over at Deskmodder discovered that Microsoft removed 44 Intel CPUs from the list of officially supported Windows 11 processors from the company. All are Intel Xeon processors, here is the full listing:

  • 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

All are processors of Intel's Xeon family of chips. Intel describes Intel Xeon processors as chips for entry server solutions. The processor family Xeon E was launched in 2018 by Intel and are considered 8th generation Intel processors.

The removal of a processor from the listing should not have any immediate impact on existing systems. OEMs, companies like HP, Dell or Asus, on the other hand, may not use these processors anymore when they create new Windows 11 PCs.

In other words: Windows 11 devices that are powered by one of the removed Intel Xeon processors won't suddenly be incompatible from one day to the other. Windows updates continues to work and there is little doubt that the upcoming Windows 11 version 23H2 update will install without issues on these devices.

Microsoft could still improve its communication skills by providing an explanation for removals and also announcing additions to the listings as well.

Now You: what is your take on the removal of the processors?

Microsoft removes 44 Intel CPUs from Windows 11's Processor Compatibility listing
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  1. ng6333 said on August 8, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    Its mainly artificial. IMO go ahead & mod the media if the system
    is not mission critical. Chances are it will keep working , worst case
    you won’t be able upgrade to newer build. Within a current build, I
    don’t expect this theoretical killer update – in a later build *maybe*.
    Even then you can prepare by setting a target-release policy that will block
    your system from upgrading to a potential incompatible build.

    After that install open shell which is now Win 11 compatible and explorer-patcher
    to take it even further.

  2. EP said on August 7, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    speaking of CPUs supported or not supported in Win11, I recently saw this from Neowin:

  3. Mike said on August 7, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    What’s funny, are the people modifying their install media to get Windows 11 to work on unsupported hardware. Six months from now, an update will be rolled out automatically by Microsoft that expects your system to actually meet the requirements and starts taking advantage of the new features, and boom. Computer is a paperweight, cuz it doesn’t.

    1. John G. said on August 8, 2023 at 1:36 am

      Microsoft is digging its own grave while Linux is having fun. Sad and true at the same time.

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