Since Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 on 24th June 2021 and indicated that a Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 capable GPU is required, many older GPUs are effectively unsupported.
Intel Generation 7.5 microarchitecture (Haswell-based microprocessors) and later GPUs are supported, however, anything older is not.
Haswell (4th generation core) and Broadwell (5th Gen Intel core) users must install the most recent drivers since they are WDDM 2.x.
Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen) users who are stuck with Integrated graphics processors or Switchable graphics laptops are out of luck.
GPUs that aren’t compatible with Windows 11 include the following
Kaby Lake – Generation 7
- Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge Pentium/Celeron)
- Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail/Valleyview)
- Intel HD Graphics 2500
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Intel HD Graphics P4000
Skylake – Generation 6
- Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge Pentium/Celeron)
- Intel HD Graphics 2000
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- Intel HD Graphics P3000
Broadwell – Generation 5
- Intel HD Graphics (1st gen Core, Clarkdale)
- Intel HD Graphics (1st gen Core, Arrandale)
Haswell – Generation 4
- Intel GMA 3000 (Intel 946 Series, Intel Q965/Q963 Series)
- Intel GMA X3000 (Intel G965)
- Intel GMA X3500 (Intel G35)
- Intel GMA 4500 (Intel B43, Q43 and Q45)
- Intel GMA X4500 (Intel G41 and G43)
- Intel GMA X4500HD (Intel G45)
- Intel GMA X3100 (Intel GL960 and GM965 Series)
- Intel GMA X4500MHD (Intel Mobile 4 Series, GL40, GS40, GS45, GM45, GM47)
Ivy Bridge – Generation 3
- Intel GMA 950 (Intel 945 Series)
- Intel GMA 3100 (Intel G31/G33/Q33/Q35)
- Intel GMA 950 (Intel Mobile 945 Series)
- Intel GMA 3150 (Intel Atom N4xx/N5xx/D4xx/D5xx)
- Intel GMA 500/600 (PowerVR SGX535)
- Intel GMA 3600/3650 (PowerVR SGX545)
For previous versions, an external TPM 2.0 module is still an option, although it is dependent on the Motherboard.
Some Reddit users have successfully installed the leaked version of Windows 11 on their HD 4000. They were also able to install the latest Intel GPU drivers without any problems. Only time will tell if things stay the same.
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