Microsoft launched Windows 11, the company’s next major operating system update, on Thursday. Even though it has a new style and even the ability to run emulated Android apps, not everyone will be able to install it. In fact, no Intel Mac will officially support Windows 11.
Windows is recognized for running on a variety of devices, but Microsoft appears to have decided to raise the system requirements for Windows 11 this year. The update will require a 64-bit 1GHz or faster processor, at least 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, a DirectX 12 capable graphics card, and TPM 2.0.
What is TPM 2.0
TPM, or Trusted Platform Module, is a chip inserted into a computer’s logic board or firmware that ensures the security of the operating system, comparable to Secure Enclave on Macs it has the ability to manage cryptographic keys, DRM, and more.
The issue is that, since its introduction in 2014, TPM 2.0 has not been installed on every computer. And if you have a custom-built desktop PC, there’s a good possibility it won’t contain a TPM chip (although you can add one to it). Microsoft gives a list of every processor that can run Windows 11 in another page, the most of which were released after 2017.
Windows 11 on Mac
Even if you have a Mac with the latest Intel processor generations (it’s worth mentioning that no Apple Silicon Mac runs Windows natively), you won’t be able to install Windows 11 on it – at least not officially.
On Intel Macs, Apple has never released support for the TPM 2.0 standard, rendering them completely incompatible with Windows 11. If you use the Microsoft tool to see if your PC has the necessary hardware to run Windows 11, you’ll see a notice that says “this PC can’t run Windows 11.”
Apple could theoretically change the software of its Intel machines to enable TPM 2.0 support using the CPU, but this appears unlikely given Apple’s gradual discontinuation of Intel Macs and the fact that even the new M1 Macs are incompatible with any version of Windows.
To put it another way, if you want to run Windows 11 on a Mac, you’ll have to utilize a virtual machine for the time being because Boot Camp won’t work. This fall, Windows 11 will be available as a free update.