Asus rolls out Windows 11 support on older Intel CPU motherboards, contradicting Microsoft's...

GreenReaper

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They probably want to make sure it has in-silicon protection against the initial Meltdown and Spectre variants, so they don't have to worry about it - that came in around the Coffee Lake era. That, or specific instruction like AES-NI to ensure good encryption performance.

The trick is that cheaper Celeron or Pentium CPUs don't always have the latest instructions - so higher-valued CPUs in previous generations may work as they got the instructions earlier.

Microsoft also got in trouble for saying "you can put this on a 32GB SSD", then people couldn't upgrade or update, so no wonder they gave it a bit more room this time.
 
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Tantor

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I was expecting this to happen.

I installed the latest win 11 on my i7 2600K without problems and Windows 11 ran just fine. Yes I had to do a couple things to make windows 11 install but after that everything was peachy and just worked. heck it even installed everything for my system for drivers.

Sadly though I found 11 to be lacking and annoying with some of the changes and pulled the test SSD out and put my Windows 10 SSD back into the system. I think Windows 11 lasted about 6 hours on my system before I tired of it and got rid of it.

I was surprised at how fast it installed though from a SSD format to desktop in about 7-8 minutes and no you do not need internet to log in the first time and you can make a local account just fine as well without having to log into an MS account and Windows 11 activated just fine on this old system.

Did you try to turn TPM off? Is it required to run Win11 or just for installation?
 
FYI

Microsoft has confirmed they will be keeping these requirements in place, for any system upgrades.

However, for a clean install using a .ISO, pretty much any older systems will be able to install Windows 11 regardless of TPM, secure boot, etc.
 

Xex360

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A version for games?
Not necessary.
Home and Pro are perfectly fine as they are.
You miss the point, you can't install win11 on some CPUs even though they are decent for gaming or other uses, hence we need a version without those new requirements for old decent platforms.
 

hahahanoobs

Posts: 3,694   +1,774
You miss the point, you can't install win11 on some CPUs even though they are decent for gaming or other uses, hence we need a version without those new requirements for old decent platforms.
It's called Windows 10. You use it until you can afford a W11 machine.
 

Danny101

Posts: 1,864   +796
There's no reason to dispense with older CPUs if they can run Windows 11 as well as 10. Not angry though. Because in 3 years, it won't matter as much. Isn't 7 years about the average life of a computer?
 

theruck

Posts: 377   +213
I was expecting this to happen.



Did you try to turn TPM off? Is it required to run Win11 or just for installation?
of course it is not required. it is just another registry setting you can overwrite. as everything else before. it is still the same
os for many many years
 

Puiu

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I have an Asus Z97A motherboard and a 4th generation Intel CPU. My system is more than capable for all of my needs, it is quite a workhorse. Retiring this computer would be so wasteful.
You are not "retiring" the system just because you can't install the latest OS (officially anyway). You still get updates for windows 10 until 2025.

People are making this to be too much of big deal.
 

bandit8623

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FYI

Microsoft has confirmed they will be keeping these requirements in place, for any system upgrades.

However, for a clean install using a .ISO, pretty much any older systems will be able to install Windows 11 regardless of TPM, secure boot, etc.
problem is they are not allowing updates on those systems. im sure there will be a way around it.