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Can i5 processor support Windows 11?

Yes, Intel i5 processors do support Windows 11. As per the list shared by Microsoft, there are 91 processors from the Intel i5 family of processors that support Windows 11. This also implies that not all i5 processors are compatible with Windows 11. The common denominator in all the supported i5 Intel processors is that they are at least 8th generation or higher generation processors. An Intel i5 generation processor that is below the 8th generation is considered incompatible for Windows 11 operating system.

In all, there are 126 Intel i5 Core processors that have been made by Intel. Out of this, 91 are compatible with Windows 11. This leaves 35 processors that are incompatible with Windows 11 from the Intel i5 family of core processors. Most, or all incompatible processors from the Intel i5 family belong to:

  • Fourth generation i5 processors.
  • Fifth generation i5 processors.
  • Sixth generation i5 processors.
  • Seventh generation i5 processors.

Your computer will still need to be compatible with the other hardware requirements for Windows 11. The hardware requirements for Windows 11 are:

  • Processor with a frequency of 1 GHz or higher with at least 2 cores.
  • at least 4 GB RAM.
  • 64 GB internal storage.
  • Hardware firmware that is compatible with UEFI and Safe boot.
  • Trusted Platform Module 2.0

Below, we share the details of all the Windows 11 compatible processors from the Intel i5 family.


Intel i5 8th generation processors compatible with Windows 11

The following 24 processors from the Intel i5 8th generation are 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

You will note that the Intel i5 8200 series, 8300 series, 8400 series, 8500 series and the 8600 series are supported for upgrade to Windows 11.


Intel i5 9th generation processors compatible with Windows 11

There are 14 Intel i5 processors from the 9th generation that support upgrade to the Windows 11 operating system. These i5 9th generation processors are mentioned below for your ready reference:

  • 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

You will note that the Windows 11 compatible 9th generation processors from the Intel i5 family are in the 9300 series, 9400 series, 9500 series and the 9600 series.


Intel i5 10th generation processors compatible with Windows 11

Intel i5 10th generation processors are compatible with the Windows 11 operating system. Computers based on the 10th generation processors of the Intel i5 family of processors would get a natural upgrade to the Windows 11 operating system through the Windows Update program on your computer. Obviously, your computer will still need to comply with the other hardware requirements of the Windows 11 operating system.

The following 26 processors from the 10th generation Intel i5 core are compatible with the Windows 11 operating system:

  • 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

You will note that the Intel i5 10th generation processors that are compatible with Windows 11 come from the Intel i5 10200 series, i5 10300 series, i5 10400 series, i5 10500 series and the Intel i5 10600 series.


Intel i5 11th generation processors compatible with Windows 11

There are 22 processors from the Intel i5 family of processors that support a direct upgrade to Windows 11. This is assuming that the other hardware requirements for Windows 11 are fully met. The list of Intel i5 11th generation processors that are compatible with Windows 11 is mentioned below.

  • 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

You will note that the 11th generation Intel i5 family of processors that are compatible with Windows 11 are from the 11200 series, 11300 series, 11400 series, 11500 series and the 11600 series.


Intel i5 12th generation processors compatible with Windows 11

The two processors of Intel i5 12 th generation that are compatible with Windows 11 are:

  • i5-12600K
  • i5-12600KF

This does not mean that the newer 12th generation processors are not supported. The compatible list of processors does expand as the newer processors are being launched by Intel.


Can I install Windows 11 on Intel i5 processor that is not compatible with Windows 11?

If your Intel i5 processor is not compatible with Windows 11, you can still install Windows 11 on the unsupported personal computer. You could perform a clean installation of Windows 11 in one of the following three ways:

  • You could download an ISO image of Windows 11 and install it using the ISO image.
  • You could download the Installation Assistant of Windows 11. It will work as a virtual assistant that leads you through the installation of Windows 11 on your computer.
  • Or, you could use the media creation utility to make a USB or DVD installation media. You can use the installation media to boot into Windows 11 and run through the Windows 11 installation on your computer.

All these three steps involve downloading Windows 11 from the Microsoft site. Download happens from this page on the Microsoft site.

You may still want to know that such a clean install of Windows 11 on unsupported systems is not supported by Microsoft. So, your computer will not get any product updates, security updates, feature updates or quality updates. Your access to updates through the Windows Update program will be blocked. This policy may change in the future. For now though, such unsupported systems are deprived of the Windows 11 updates from the Microsoft Windows Update program.


Suggested options for unsupported Intel i5 processors

If your Intel i5 processor is not supported for Windows 11 update, you may continue to run on Windows 10. Windows 10 was launched in 2015. It will continue to be supported by Microsoft until 2025. In 2025, Windows 10 will become end of life and updates from Microsoft will stop. Until that time, your Windows 10 will work normally. It will continue to get the security updates, feature updates, product updates and all the other Windows 10 updates through the Windows Update program.

If you are keen on getting Windows 11, it may be worthwhile to consider buying a new computer with Windows 11 pre-loaded on it. Or, you could buy a computer with Windows 10 that ticks all the hardware and processor requirements of Windows 11.

Staying on Windows 10 is not a bad idea. You could always choose to get a new Windows 11 computer at a later date of your own choice.


Summary

On this page, we have listed the Core Intel i5 processors that are compatible with update to Windows 11. If your Intel i5 processor is not compatible with Windows 11, you could choose to perform a clean install of Windows 11. Alternatively, you could stay on Windows 10.


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