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Microsoft mentioned in June its plans to add Windows 11 support for Intel’s 7th generation and AMD’s Ryzen 1000 series processors. Later, support was introduced for 10 new CPUs from Intel’s 7th generation Core family, but these were not widely used models:

  • Core i5-7640X, Core i7-7740X, Core i7-7800X, Core i7-7820HQ, Core i7-7820X, Core i7-7900X, Core i7-7920X, Core i9-7940X, Core i9-7960X and Core i9 -7980XE.

With the official statement, it was said that the operating system can be used with tools such as ISO files or Media Creation Tool in old generation processors. However, it was emphasized that there will be no support for these old hardware and performance problems may occur.

ASUS has begun testing BIOS updates to expand support for motherboards running legacy Intel CPUs specified by Microsoft.

The hardware manufacturer started preparing its hardware for the Windows 11 upgrade back in July, and a guide has been shared. Anakardollarsar listed in the company’s documentation comes with TPM 2.0. ASUS also promises support for motherboards with older Intel 6th and 7th generation processors, according to the updated firmware page.

A Windows 11 ready BIOS update was recently released for some Z270 motherboards for Intel 6th and 7th generation processors and they are not included in the official CPU list released by Microsoft.

BIOS version 1501 has been released for the MAXIMUS IX FORMULA motherboard, which can be used with Intel’s 6th and 7th generation processors, and Windows 11 support has been confirmed in the changelog. Likewise, beta support for Windows 11 was introduced with the BIOS update for the STRIX Z270F GAMING chipset. The description is as follows:

Windows 11 is supported by default and no setting changes are required in the UEFI BIOS. Please note that this is a beta BIOS version of the motherboard, which is undergoing final testing before its official release.

According to Microsoft’s official document, 8 Core series and newer processors are required. However, ASUS has already started testing Windows 11 support for 7th Gen (Kaby Lake) and 6th Gen (Skylake) generation Intel processors on motherboards. Probably different motherboard manufacturers will start making similar moves.


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