Back in June, Microsoft said that it would consider adding
Windows 11 support for Intel’s 7th-generation and AMD Ryzen
1000 series CPUs. On August 27, Microsoft finally
published the final hardware requirements list which includes
support for 10 new CPUs from Intel’s 7th-generation line of
The announcement took many by surprise, as the updated CPU list
includes support for a handful of CPUs. These new CPUs include
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.
In other words, Microsoft’s updated Windows 11 hardware
requirements are only going to benefit flagship products like
Surface Studio 2 and Dell Precision. If you ignore the above
list, only 8th-gen and newer processors would be able to run
Microsoft’s new operating system.
In a statement,
Microsoft admitted that older chips can indeed run Windows 11
unofficially by downloading the OS with tools like Media
Creation Tool, but the company won’t provide support for old
hardware and there may be performance issues.
Asus has started testing BIOS updates to extend support to some
motherboards running Intel CPUs older than the ones specified
Asus is testing Windows 11 support for some older CPUs
Back in July, ASUS shared guidance on what motherboards
are prepared for Windows 11 upgrade. The motherboards listed in
the company’s documentation come with TPM 2.0, but Asus is also
pledging support for motherboards with older Intel 6th and 7th
gen processors, according to the updated firmware page.
Asus recently released a Windows 11-ready BIOS update for a
number of Z270 motherboards for Intel 6th and 7th gen
processors, which are not included in the official CPU specs
documentation published by Microsoft.
Asus has confirmed support for Windows 11 in the changelog of
BIOS 1501 for MAXIMUS IX FORMULA, which supports 6th and
7th-gen Intel processors.
“Support Windows 11 by default, no settings changes required in
the UEFI BIOS,” the changelog
Likewise, Asus has also teased beta support for Windows 11 with
the same BIOS update on STRIX Z270F GAMING.
“Support Windows 11 by default, no settings changes are
required in the UEFI BIOS. Please note that this is a beta BIOS
version of the motherboard which is still undergoing final
testing before its official release,” the changelog
As you’re probably aware, Microsoft’s official document states
that Windows 11 requires 8th-gen Core processors and newer.
However, Asus has already started testing Windows 11 support
for 7th-Gen (Kaby Lake) and 6th-gen (Skylake) generation Intel
processors on select motherboards.