The question is closed as a duplicate of another question. I have highlighted the difference between the associated question and my question. I have now significantly edited the question to ask how old the CPU must actually be to pass the Windows 11 test?
Any chance this could be reviewed for reopening?
The question gets locked before I get the opportunity to type in what I think of. I have already thought better of my question.
This is what I actually want in the question:
Courtesy link: Will my computer run Windows 11?
Prior to the actual release date, this has been the summary of whether the computer will be able to upgrade to Windows 11.
How do I get a summary of whether my computer will be able to upgrade to Windows 11? There is a Microsoft App (PC Health Check), but I think WhyNotWin11 is more accurate:
[Why Not Windows 11]
Study the WhyNotWin11 README file, scroll down to the Download Latest Stable Release hyperlink, download and run it. You will see the dialog below:
[![Why not Windows 11 screen]]
You see in this screen CPU Generation. This screen came from my ThinkPad X1 laptop, and it meets all the requirements for Windows 11 except for CPU Generation.
So far as I know now, the CPU must be newer than 3 years old to pass this Windows 11 test.
We will not conclusively know an answer until closer to the official Windows 11 release date when clearer advice and test apps are available from Microsoft.
I will typically purchase a commercial grade computer and so for me, four years is not particularly old, but apparently too old to run Windows 11.
This has been a summary to help us determine if our computers will run Windows 11.
Follow up Note: I have today (June 28, 2021) installed Windows 11 Pro pre-release on my Windows Insider machine, and it is working well.
Now that is almost 2 years following the Windows 11 release date on October 5, 2021, Microsoft must have clearer advice and test apps. Now, what will be a clearer summary of whether the computer will be able to upgrade to Windows 11?
Note, I have made the edit. But, I have not submitted the question to the reopen queue. Instead, I am letting the community decide what to do.