Why Intel N4200 is not supported by the Windows 11?

김상구 6 Reputation points
2021-10-06T23:30:30.703+00:00

I tried to upgrade the OS of a labtop using N4200(Apollo Lake Pentium) to Windows11 yesterday, and found that it is not supported because of the CPU.
When I check the CPU list, there IS N4100(Apollo Lake Celeron) but N4200 is not listed. Why N4200 is not supported even it has more core and better spec than N4100?

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  1. 김상구 6 Reputation points
    2021-10-08T01:49:57.303+00:00

    No, it should be checked by Microsoft, because old CPUs were not designed for future OS such as Windows 11. It is not a problem of driver compatibility issue, but of specification and standard. Microsoft has maden some standards such as clock speed, cores count and then listed the CPUs on that. Microsoft just missed the N4200. That is the truth.

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  2. Anonymous
    2021-10-06T23:50:30.73+00:00

    Your question should be directed towards the hardware manufacturer. The burden is on them to test and submit the results to the hardware dashboard to qualify for the Windows Hardware Compatibility
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/compatibility/whcp-certification-process

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