8GB RAM & SSD required to run Android apps on Windows 11, AMD Ryzen 2000 and below are not supported.
Last week, Microsoft delivered one of the most important updates to Windows 11. This update brings a number of taskbar improvements, a redesigned Media Player, and improved Notepad (plus dark mode). However, one of the other standout features in the update is the ability to run Android apps on Windows 11. Hence, it's quite surprising that the 2000 and lower AMD Ryzen processors were released without the feature.

Windows 11 officially supports AMD Ryzen 2000 series processors, so being crossed out like this can disappoint many users. Many people have been looking forward to this feature because the Amazon Appstore brings more than 1,000 additional apps and games to Windows 11.

Microsoft did not give a reason for the “AMD Ryzen 3000 (minimum)” specification requirement. However, the Android compatibility layer implementation relies heavily on Intel Bridge Technology, so these are probably the minimum system requirements for that technology.

The other three important requirements are that the system needs at least 8GB of RAM and is recommended to have 16GB of RAM, install and run their Amazon Appstore apps from the SSD instead of the HDD, and have virtualization enabled. otherwise will face some unforeseen problems. Windows 11 only needs 4GB of RAM and can run on a regular HDD.

Back in June of last year, it was confirmed that Microsoft will support Android apps on Windows 11 and that AMD Ryzen processors will still be compatible with this function. Intel says Intel Bridge Technology will "support all x86 platforms (including AMD platforms)". However, the difference in specifications between the Zen+ and Zen 2 processor architectures could be the main reason why the Ryzen 2000 series was dropped.

Android apps are not originally designed for desktop computers and don't run natively on Windows 11. Virtualization and emulation often have higher hardware requirements, and that may explain why 8GB of RAM is the minimum. Android apps are also tweaked to run on flash memory, so the HDD is too slow.

Microsoft has created a lot of controversy when it comes to recommended minimum system requirements for Windows 11, which include 8th Gen Intel CPUs and above as well as AMD Ryzen 2000 and above. There are many questions raised regarding the specifications of these processors as well as the need for the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) requirement.

Microsoft later asserted that previous generations of processors were "not recommended" due to "compatibility or other issues". At the same time, systems that do not meet the minimum specifications will "no longer be guaranteed to receive updates, including security updates."
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