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Microsoft Windows Operating System support for Intel Kaby Lake processors





Summary: "Operating system support for Intel Kaby Lake 7th Generation Core processors is limited to Windows 10".


Kaby Lake (Intel 7th Generation Core processors).

Intel's seventh generation Core processors, the Kaby Lake series (I7-7xxx, I5-7xxx CPU description = Kaby Lake), will only have Windows 10 operating system support.

Dell is in alignment with both Intel and Microsoft support policies for Kaby Lake systems, limiting Kaby Lake operating system support to the Windows 10 operating system alone.

There will be no legacy operating system support (Windows 7 or Windows 8.1) for Kaby Lake equipped systems.


Legacy Operating system support using Skylake (Intel 6th Generation Core processors).

For systems with a demonstrated need for legacy Windows, Dell Precision, Latitude and OptiPlex platforms launching in 2017 may be purchased with a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 downgrade and these systems will be equipped with a Skylake central processing unit (CPU) (I7-6xxx, I5-6xxx CPU description = Skylake).

NOTE: Kaby Lake motherboards also support Skylake CPUs.

Microsoft support policies with updated Windows 7 & 8.1 guidelines.

Supported Windows Versions
Kaby Lake (Intel 7th Generation Core processors) Windows 10 ONLY
Skylake (Intel 6th Generation Core processors) Windows 7, 8.1,10

Del Precision, Latitude and OptiPlex models launching in 2017 will have Skylake processor options that allow for Windows 7 and 8.1 support through the end of Intel Skylake support.

NOTE: You can check the processor information of your system in the BIOS (Press the F2 Key at boot) or in either system properties in the control panel or by launching the system information application with the command: MSINFO32 in the run/search box next to the start button.

An alterative to installing Windows 7 on a Kaby Lake system is to Deploy a Windows Virtual Machine in Hyper-V on Windows 10 where you can install Windows 7 on the Virtual Machine. (This will require a Windows 7 product license that is not provided by Dell.)



Article ID: SLN304217

Last Date Modified: 02/15/2017 12:19 PM


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