Asus started rolling out Windows 11 support on older Intel CPU motherboards
- Motherboard creators have started issuing new BIOS firmware to help users out, mainly by automatically enabling TPM.
- Asus set up a page listing the Windows 11 compatibility status for all its motherboards, which it continues to update.
- Microsoft's list of officially supported Intel CPUs says Windows 11 requires 8th-gen Core processors (Coffee Lake) and newer.
- However, Asus shows that it's updating motherboards for seventh and sixth-generation Intel processors to add Windows 11 compatibility.
If you were wondering if Asus would keep the promise it made not long ago, the answer is yes.
It seems that the company is honoring its previous engagement and has started rolling out Windows 11-compatible firmware, at least for its Z270 series motherboards for Intel 6th and 7th gen processors.
The company had earlier released a list of motherboard chipsets that already had the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 module and technically should be able to run Windows 11.
Asus will provide Windows 11 support for older motherboards
In this list of chipsets was Intel’s Z270, which is the tech company’s flagship chipset for the socket LGA1151.
If you weren’t aware, know that the LGA1151 is the predecessor of the firm’s current LGA1200 socket that goes with the 11th gen Rocket Lake-S processors.
The LGA1151 socket supports Intel’s 6th gen (Skylake-S) and 7th gen (Kaby Lake-S) processors.
Almost a week ago and rather quietly, the firm has released the latest BIOS version 1501 on some of its ROG Z270 motherboards.
On models like the Z270F GAMING, the 1501 firmware is still labeled as Beta Version as it is still undergoing final testing before its official release.
Essentially the latest firmware will now enable the TPM or in this case, Intel’s PTT (Platform Trust Technology) in the BIOS by default.
Of course, there could also be other motherboard models too including from other manufacturers which now have compatible firmware available.
If we go just a bit back in time, Microsoft originally stated that the Windows 11 minimum requirements that only 8th gen and newer Intel processors would be compatible with its next OS.
Afterward, the company said that it was testing potential compatibility with Windows 11 on 6th gen Skylake and 7th gen Kaby Lake processors as well.
The official list from Microsoft however still doesn’t have the Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs listed but that list was updated even before its second statement was released.
So it could be that the tech giant is still testing things out and may update the list later.
Users that are really interested will have to look up that information in their respective motherboard model’s support section.
If you’re unsure what your motherboard model is, you can try running msinfo32 or System Information to find that.
Also, third-party tools like CPU-Z, or Piriform’s Speccy, can be used to look it up.
What motherboard will you be using for WIndows 11? Let us know in the comments section below.