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Can Intel i5 Run Windows 11?

Yes, Intel i5 processors can run Windows 11. According to the Intel processor compatibility list released by Microsoft, there are a total of 126 Intel i5 processors, of which 91 processors are compatible with Windows 11. That said, other than these 91 Intel i5 processors, none of the other Intel i5 processors are compatible with Windows 11. These Intel i5 processors that support Windows 11 are at least 8th generation or higher. And Intel i5 generation processors below the 8th generation are not compatible with Windows 11.

It’s worth noting that even if your Intel i5 processor is 8th generation or higher, your computer still needs to be compatible with other Windows 11 hardware requirements in order to run Windows 11. The hardware requirements for Windows 11 are as follows:

A processor with a frequency of 1 GHz or higher and at least 2 cores.

At least 4 GB RAM.

64 GB internal storage.

Hardware firmware compatible with UEFI and Secure Boot.

Trusted Platform Module 2.0

Overall, 91 of the 126 Intel i5 Core processors are compatible with Windows 11, and 35 of the processors are not compatible with Windows 11. As mentioned above, Intel i5 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th generation processors are not compatible with Windows 11. Below, we’ll detail all Windows 11-compatible processors in the Intel i5 series.

Can I install Windows 11 on Intel i5 processor incompatible with Windows 11?

Yes. Actually, you can install Windows 11 on any unsupported devices. Incompatible with Windows 11 doesn’t mean you can run Windows 11. In order to ensure the better security and performance, Microsoft tests lots of hardware and processors. The processors with higher hardware crash rate running on Windows 11 will be marked as incompatible process by Microsoft. Therefore, Microsoft will not send the Windows 11 upgrade to these incompatible processors based computers. In other words, these devices can’t directly upgrade to Windows 11 via Windows update program. But you can perform a clean install on Windows 11 on incompatible processor based computers. Read the article How to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs to learn more details.

24 processors from Intel i5 8th generation compatible with Windows 11

There are 24 processors from Intel i5 8th generation compatible with Windows 11.

  • i5-8210Y
  • i5-8250U
  • i5-8257U
  • i5-8259U
  • i5-8260U
  • i5-8265U
  • i5-8269U
  • i5-8279U
  • i5-8300H
  • i5-8305G
  • i5-8310Y
  • i5-8350U
  • i5-8365U
  • i5-8365UE
  • i5-8400
  • i5-8400B
  • i5-8400H
  • i5-8400T
  • i5-8500
  • i5-8500B
  • i5-8500T
  • i5-8600
  • i5-8600K
  • i5-8600T

In summary, Intel i5 8200 series, 8300 series, 8400 series, 8500 series and the 8600 series can run Windows 11.

14 processors from Intel i5 9th generation compatible with Windows 11

There are 14 processors from Intel i5 9th generation to run Windows 11. They are from the 9300 series, 9400 series, 9500 series and the 9600 series.

  • i5-9300HF
  • i5-9400
  • i5-9400F
  • i5-9400H
  • i5-9400T
  • i5-9500
  • i5-9500E
  • i5-9500F
  • i5-9500T
  • i5-9500TE
  • i5-9600
  • i5-9600K
  • i5-9600KF
  • i5-9600T

26 processors from Intel i5 10th generation compatible with Windows 11

Intel i5 10th generation based computers can upgrade to Windows 11 via Windows update program. They are from the i5 10200 series, i5 10300 series, i5 10400 series, i5 10500 series and the Intel i5 10600 series.

  • i5-10210U
  • i5-10210Y
  • i5-10300H
  • i5-1030G4
  • i5-1030G7
  • i5-10310U
  • i5-10310Y
  • i5-1035G1
  • i5-1035G4
  • i5-1035G7
  • i5-1038NG7
  • i5-10400
  • i5-10400F
  • i5-10400H
  • i5-10400T
  • i5-10500
  • i5-10500E
  • i5-10500H
  • i5-10500T
  • i5-10500TE
  • i5-10505
  • i5-10600
  • i5-10600K
  • i5-10600KF
  • i5-10600T
  • i5-L16G7

22 processors from Intel i5 11th generation compatible with Windows 11

Just like the Intel i5 10th generation processors, the Intel i5 11th generation also support the upgrade to Windows 11. They are from the 11200 series, 11300 series, 11400 series, 11500 series and the 11600 series.

  • i5-11260H
  • i5-11300H
  • i5-1130G7
  • i5-11320H
  • i5-1135G7
  • i5-1135G7
  • i5-11400
  • i5-11400F
  • i5-11400H
  • i5-11400T
  • i5-1140G7
  • i5-1145G7
  • i5-1145G7E
  • i5-1145GRE
  • i5-11500
  • i5-11500H
  • i5-11500T
  • i5-1155G7
  • i5-11600
  • i5-11600K
  • i5-11600KF
  • i5-11600T

2 processors from Intel i5 12th generation compatible with Windows 11

  • i5-12600K
  • i5-12600KF

Conclusion

This article lists all Intel Core i5 processors that are compatible with Windows 11. If your Intel i5 processor is not on the compatibility list, you can choose to perform a clean install of Windows 11, which will also allow you to experience Windows 11.

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