Microsoft Windows Operating System Support for Intel Kaby Lake, and Later Processors

Microsoft Windows Operating System Support for Intel Kaby Lake, and Later Processors

Summary: Windows Operating System support for Intel Kaby Lake, and later processors is limited to Windows 10".

Kaby Lake, and Later Generations of Processors:

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

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

There will be no legacy operating system support (Windows 7, Windows 8.0 or Windows 8.1) for Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Ice Lake etc. equipped systems.

Legacy Operating system support using Skylake generation of processors.

For systems with a demonstrated need for legacy Windows, Dell Precision, Latitude and OptiPlex platforms would have had to have been purchased with a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 downgrade and 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.

Processor Generation Processor Model OS Support
Kaby Lake
Coffee Lake
Whiskey Lake
Ice Lake
7th Generation Core processors and later (i9, i7, i5) Windows 10 ONLY
6th Generation Xeon processors and later
SkyLake 6th Generation Core processors (i7, i5) Windows 7, 8, 8.1
5th Generation Xeon processors

Dell Precision, Latitude and OptiPlex models launched in 2017 had Skylake processor options that allow for Windows 7 and 8.1 support through the end of Intel Skylake support (Skylake support has ended).

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 alternative 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.)

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Article ID: SLN304217

Last Date Modified: 06/22/2020 07:33 AM

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