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List of Microsoft Surface devices that support Windows 11

Yesterday, Microsoft announced Windows 11, with a new UI that’s cleaner and more intuitive to use. Windows 11 introduces a host of new features designed to help you be more productive and connect seamlessly with the people that matter to you. It’s all very exciting.

With it Microsoft also revealed the Windows 11 system requirements, and as expected, it supports all of the modern hardware you’d expect. But when it comes to Surface devices, which go all the way back to 2012, some devices are not compatible with the upcoming OS. So I’ve put together a list of all consumer Surface devices and their compatibility with Windows 11 based on the released system requirements.

Windows 11 System Requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm processor or system on a chip (SoC).
  • RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB) or greater.
  • Storage: 64 GB* or greater available storage is required to install Windows 11.
    • Additional storage space might be required to download updates and enable specific features.
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
  • Display: High definition (720p) display, 9″ or greater monitor, 8 bits per color channel.
  • Internet connection: Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates, and to download and use some features.
    • Windows 11 Home edition requires an Internet connection and a Microsoft Account to complete device setup on first use.

Now for the supported Surface devices:

Surface

ModelWindows 11 CompatibilityLimiting Factors
Surface RTNot CompatibleProcessor, RAM, TPM 
Surface 2Not CompatibleProcessor, RAM, TPM 
Surface 3Not CompatibleProcessor, TPM

Surface Go

Model Windows 11 CompatibilityLimiting Factors
Surface GoNot CompatibleProcessor
Surface Go 2Compatible 

Surface Pro

Model Windows 11 CompatibilityLimiting Factors
Surface ProNot CompatibleProcessor, TPM
Surface Pro 2Not CompatibleProcessor, TPM
Surface Pro 3Not CompatibleProcessor
Surface Pro 4Not CompatibleProcessor
Surface Pro (2017)Not CompatibleProcessor
Surface Pro 6Compatible 
Surface Pro 7Compatible 
Surface Pro 7+Compatible 

Surface Pro X

Model Windows 11 CompatibilityLimiting Factors
Surface Pro XCompatible 
Surface Pro X (2020)Compatible 

Surface Laptop Go

Model Windows 11 CompatibilityLimiting Factors
Surface Laptop GoCompatible 

Surface Laptop

Model Windows 11 CompatibilityLimiting Factors
Surface LaptopNot CompatibleProcessor
Surface Laptop 2Compatible 
Surface Laptop 3Compatible 
Surface Laptop 4Compatible 

Surface Book

Model Windows 11 CompatibilityLimiting Factors
Surface BookNot CompatibleProcessor
Surface Book 2CompatibleBase 13″ model not compatible
Surface Book 3Compatible 

Surface Studio

Model Windows 11 CompatibilityLimiting Factors
Surface StudioNot CompatibleProcessor
Surface Studio 2Not CompatibleProcessor

A note on compatibility: While the devices listed as incompatible might not be offered Windows 11 as an upgrade due to their limiting factors, a full reinstall might still be possible (although not recommended) if the device meets the hard floor specifications.

2 comments

  1. On the Microsoft Surface Pro 3
    Not True
    Currently Am Running
    Windows 11 Pro
    OS build:10:0.22000.51
    OS Architecture: 64-bit
    BIOS Version/ Date: 3.11.2650 2019/04/30
    Processor: Intel (R) Core(TM) i7-4650U CPU @ 1.70GHz
    Installed Ram: 8 GB
    GPU: Intel(R) HD Graphics 5000
    Screen Resolution: 2160 x 1440

    1. You can run Windows 11 today on much older hardware than a Surface Pro 3.

      This article points out the devices that will not be offered Windows 11 as an upgrade path from Windows 10 via Windows Update. So when Windows 11 launches later this year, all the devices listed as ‘Not Compatible’ in this list will not get an update notification for Windows 11.

      This however doesnt mean that there aren’t other ways to install Windows 11 on older devices.

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