In June, Microsoft said it would consider adding support for Windows 11 to 7th Gen Intel and AMD Ryzen 1000-series processors.
On August 27, Microsoft finally released the definitive list of hardware requirements. The same includes support for 10 new Intel 7th Gen Core processors.
This announcement surprised many because the updated CPU listing includes support for a small number of CPUs. So, Asus plans its motherboards to allow window 11 support. These new processors include:
- Intel Core i5 7640X
- Intel Core i7 7700k Window 11 Compatible
- Intel Core i7 7800X
- Intel Core i7 7820 HQ
- Intel Core i7 7820X
- Intel Core i7 7900X
- Intel Core i7 7920X
- Intel Core i9 7960X
- Intel Core i9 7960X
- Intel Core i9 7980XE
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ASUS Testing the Chipsets
Asus is testing to validate the BIOS updates for dozens of older motherboards based on the Intel 200 and 100 series chipsets. They are allowing users to run Windows 11 on systems with unsupported processors of 6th Generation Skylake or 7th Generation Kaby Lake processors for window 11. There is still hope.
When Microsoft announced Windows 11, they also announced some pretty strict hardware requirements. That are tied to the updated user interface that ships with the latest version of Windows.
For example, when configuring the security level, Microsoft requires all Windows 11 motherboard devices to include TPM and Secure Boot. Still, it also draws a line with 8th Gen processors or their equivalents, except for a few recently announced cases.
Previously, Microsoft did not include older chipset series. The requirements look unnecessary for some Windows users who have tested Windows 11 on these unsupported 6th and 7th generation processors like i7 7700k.
Motherboard manufacturer Asus has announced that they are working on extending Z270 motherboards for Windows 11 7th Gen Intel support to these older processors through a BIOS update via the latest version of Windows.
Z270 motherboards for 6th and 7th generation processors will now “compatible with Windows 11 by default without requiring a configuration change in the UEFI BIOS.”
Asus is also testing similar support for its ROG STRIX Z270F GAMING motherboard series. However, it is unclear if these motherboards will add features to the motherboard not found in 6th and 7th generation processors or if UEFI / BIOS changes will address this issue with Windows 11 requirements.
8th, 6th, or 7th Gen Processors can handle HVCI, or Hypervisor Protected Code Integrity, also known as Memory Integrity.
The 8th gen processors have the feature of HVCI built into the CPU. In contrast, the 6th and 7th gen processors use HVCI in emulation. It means HVCI-enabled parts, including the system (the future Windows child of Android) will run slower on older generation CPUs.
If Asus can meet Microsoft’s HVCI (or other feature) requirements through a firmware update, that could be good news for ASUS motherboard with window 11 users to enjoy all latest features.
However, if Asus “Cracked” the BIOS to trick Intel 7th gen windows 11 into saying that these processors are compatible and they are not. It will be interesting to know what Microsoft has to say.
Unfortunately, users will have to wait for many improvements in the next operating system that Asus Plans Motherboard BIOS Updates to Allow Windows 11 Support. The tech giant says, it is currently prioritizing software development for Windows 11.
The improvement in system performance is attributed to a 37% decrease in CPU usage and a 32% reduction in CPU memory usage.