Half of Microsoft Surface devices are not eligible for Windows 11 upgrade
As we mentioned earlier today, users who purchase a new laptop or PC in the future or those who already have a licensed Windows 10 will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. You can check whether your device is eligible or not here, but we also found out that a couple of Microsoft Surface devices won't be upgradeable.
According to pcworld.com, a Microsoft representative replied to their question about which Surface devices can be upgraded and turns out that only 13 out of 25 units can do so. Ironically, most of the Surface Pro tablets aren't qualified, same goes for the Surface Hub and Surface Studio as well. The media outlet notes that as long as your Surface device was before 2017, there's no Windows 11 availability.
Here is the list prepared by pcworld.com on the 13 eligible Surface devices for Windows 11:
- Surface Book 3 (May 2020)
- Surface Book 2: only the models with 8th-gen Intel CPUs (Core i5-8350U or Core i7-8650U, not the Core i5-7300U) (Nov. 2017)
- Surface Go 2 (May 2020)
- Surface Laptop 4 13.5” (Apr. 2021)
- Surface Laptop 4 15” (Apr. 2021)
- Surface Laptop 3 13.5” (Oct. 2019)
- Surface Laptop 3 15” (Oct. 2019)
- Surface Laptop 2 (Oct. 2018)
- Surface Laptop Go (Oct. 2020)
- Surface Pro 7+ (Feb. 2021)
- Surface Pro 7 (Oct. 2019)
- Surface Pro 6 (Oct. 2018)
- Surface Pro X (Nov. 2019)
No reason was given on why half of the Surface devices are left out. But it could be because of the hardware requirements, especially the TPM 2.0 coprocessor. Don't fret if your Surface can't upgrade to Windows 11, Windows 10 still have some life until 2025 so still a long way to go. Stay tuned for more trending tech news at TechNave.com.