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

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

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Symptoms

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 and Windows 11 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 Windows 10 and Windows 11 Operating Systems 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 so on equipped computers.
 


Legacy Operating System support using Skylake generation of processors.

For computers 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 & Windows 8.1 guidelines.

 
Processor Generation Processor Model Operating System Support
Kaby Lake
Coffee Lake
Whiskey Lake
Ice Lake
7th Generation Core processors and later (i9, i7, i5) Windows 10 and Windows 11 ONLY
Note: Windows 11 has limited support for 7th generation Kaby Lake processors. See additional information below.
6th Generation Xeon processors and later
SkyLake 6th Generation Core processors (i7, i5) Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
5th Generation Xeon processors
 

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

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

An alternative to installing Windows 7 on a Kaby Lake computer is to Deploy a Windows Virtual Machine in Hyper-V on Windows 10 SLN304217_en_US__3iC_External_Link_BD_v1 where you can install Windows 7 on the Virtual Machine. (This will require a Windows 7 product license that is not provided by Dell.)
 

Cause

 Hardware requirements for Operating System versions limits installable options.

Resolution

Only install supported Operating System versions that adhere to the restrictions outlined above. Dell neither offers assistance with installing non-compliant Operating System versions or support for non-compliant versions once installed.
 
Note: To determine if your computer is Windows 11 compatible, enter your computer model at the Dell Support Website at https://www.dell.com/support/home . If the following banner is displayed, your computer does not support Windows 11:
Windows 11 support banner
 
Note: Windows 11 has limited support for 7th Generation Kaby Lake Intel Processors. You can check the processor compatibility using their PC Health Check app. For more information on how to use and download the app, visit: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/how-to-use-the-pc-health-check-app-9c8abd9b-03ba-4e67-81ef-36f37caa7844
 

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Last Published Date

16 Jun 2022

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