Hardware requirements for Windows 11
In many ways, Windows 11 represents an innovation, coming six years after the release of Windows 10. Not only is it a major release for the first time since Windows 8.1, which causes support for several older CPU generations to expire, but it also represents a milestone on the client level with the end of 32-bit support. What we are already used to on the server side beginning with Server 2008 (Server 2008 was the first server OS offered as a 64-bit version only) will now also become standard for client operating systems. Windows 11 and all future versions will only be released as 64-bit (also on the ARM side). More details about the reasons for this CPU decision can be found in the CPU limitations section further on in this chapter.