Article Number: 000130972
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, or Ice Lake equipped computers.
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).
Microsoft support policies with updated Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 guidelines.
|Processor Generation||Processor Model||Operating System Support|
|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).
An alternative to installing Windows 7 on a Kaby Lake computer 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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26 Oct 2022