Friday, August 27th 2021

ASUS Rolls Out BIOS Updates for Windows 11 Support on Kaby Lake, Skylake

ASUS has begun rolling out BIOS updates that add motherboard support for Windows 11 even for processor families that Microsoft said would be left out of their latest Windows OS. Ever since the introduction of Windows 11, the message around specific hardware requirements has been difficult to pinpoint, as the company struggles to send a clear message on exactly which users should be looking to update their hardware - and which should not. ASUS' new BIOS updates will certainly add to the stirring pot, as they are being touted to enable Windows 11 support for Intel CPU families that Microsoft doesn't officially (yet) support for the OS release: Skylake (6th Gen) and Kaby Lake (7th Gen). According to Microsoft, only 8th Gen (Coffee Lake) and later Intel CPUs are supported by Windows 11.

The new BIOS updates typically activate TPM on the users' machine, should it be off at the BIOS level. ASUS has already released beta BIOS versions that introduce support for Windows 11 on Z270, H270 and B250 motherboards, and launched a hub page with compatibility status for a number of its motherboard releases. According to the company in the respective motherboard support pages, "The following motherboards are compatible with Windows 11 under current testing. The upgrability [sic] is subject to the support from operation system or 3rd party drivers availability." Which of course means that even if ASUS has gotten preview versions of Windows 11 to run on systems with this hardware, there's no way to know if the final, retail Windows 11 version will actually offer support for these CPUs. Of course, driver compatibility is also in question, since nothing guarantees Windows 11 to competently manage your hardware on the basis of Windows 10-bound driver packages.
Source: via TechSpot
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32 Comments on ASUS Rolls Out BIOS Updates for Windows 11 Support on Kaby Lake, Skylake

#1
Tardian
Windows 11 on HellFrozenOverLake on ZZZZZZZZZZZ chipset motherFboard with I_Can't memory and LN cooling needed. Punch cards supported.
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#2
Hyderz
yay my old desktop i use for school can be updated to windows 11 :)
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#3
Tardian
Hyderzyay my old desktop i use for school can be updated to windows 11 :)
Yay? Go back to school? WTF, why would you want W11?
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#4
Ferrum Master
TardianYay? Go back to school? WTF, why would you want W11?
Don't be so judgmental. It is a matter of personal taste.

Treat it is a decision in between Debian and Redhat? Just a personal preference.
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#5
puma99dk|
My Dell Latitude E7470 (i5-6300U, 8GB RAM & 256GB NVME SSD) got a firmware upgrade for the built-in TPM module for 2.0.

I was running Windows 11 Pro Dev version and when I wanted to upgrade to the newest Windows 11 Pro Beta using Windows it said my CPU wasn't supported but when I do a USB boot and a clean install no issues at all :roll:
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#6
Tardian
Ferrum MasterDon't be so judgmental. It is a matter of personal taste.

Treat it is a decision in between Debian and Redhat? Just a personal preference.
Do go Judy on me! WTF why would you go W11? This is not a tin foil question!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Sheindlin
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#7
ARF
Windows 11 is still months and months away, and there isn't even a concrete date for its launch.

So, please, don't fall into the hype train trap!
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#9
Tardian
Idk, maybe he likes the way it looks, why do you care ? :D
Because I liked 3.1, 95, XP, 7 and the rest ... uurrrgghh!

Vista: Please confirm yes Are you sure yes Are you really sure yes Are you really, really sure yes ... Blue screen of death

Ironically typing this post made TPU fall over on my PC. [True story]

I blame the ghost of Vista. Yes, I am sure!
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#10
SirB
ARFWindows 11 is still months and months away, and there isn't even a concrete date for its launch.

So, please, don't fall into the hype train trap!
Been using W11 for many weeks . Cant find ANYTHING that does not work so far. 9/10
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#11
ssdpro
I see the headline but I see none of the UEFI/bios updates. I checked about 6 Z170 boards and the most recent download is from 2018. Are they on global sites just not worldwide yet? I have no idea if I would even consider W11 but I'll try it.
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puma99dk|
ssdproI see the headline but I see none of the UEFI/bios updates. I checked about 6 Z170 boards and the most recent download is from 2018. Are they on global sites just not worldwide yet? I have no idea if I would even consider W11 but I'll try it.
"ASUS has already released beta BIOS versions that introduce support for Windows 11 on Z270, H270 and B250 motherboards"

So Z170 ain't out yet only for Z270, H270 and B250 the others will come later.
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#13
ARF
SirBBeen using W11 for many weeks . Cant find ANYTHING that does not work so far. 9/10
An early alpha or beta version, for development purposes only?

I am not in a rush for it. Can't see what new, different and interesting it can offer compared to Windows 10.

They won't even change the boring, ugly, flat, minimalistic look.
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#14
ssdpro
puma99dk|"ASUS has already released beta BIOS versions that introduce support for Windows 11 on Z270, H270 and B250 motherboards"

So Z170 ain't out yet only for Z270, H270 and B250 the others will come later.
Ah. So this isn't news then. I figured the "news" was announcing something new involving support for boards using Skylake and Kaby processors. The limited updates for Z20, H270 came out a month ago.
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#15
Jill Christine Valentine
S.T.A.R.S.
I'm not surprised as from 6th gen to 10th gen, they have the same architecture. Just a made-up limitation.
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#16
defaultluser
This cluster continues to get stupider-and-stupider, with Motherboard Manufacturers obviously being out-of-sync with Microsoft.

Why not? BOTH sides are the reason the entire TPM 1.2 spec is so easily-broken (they made it cheap, in-order to lower implementation costs), and now MS is shooting itself in the foot by rushing-out mandatory Coffee Lake lust 3 years after the platform released.

I'm going to laugh if someone hacks their way into TPM 2.0, a year after Windows 11 releases - you really can't do anything for hacked laptops (no TPM slot, and these fools haven't heard of these secure USB keys they could have used instead of per-board customized TPM modules!)

This is a poorly-designed spec, and it is being poorly-manged by it's masters, so I will wait to upgrade my hardware for Win11 compatibility utilll they cut-off Windiosw 10 (who knows, if we have The Greeat Hackening I just described, they may be up to 3.0 by 2025!)
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#17
Operandi
Jill ValentineI'm not surprised as from 6th gen to 10th gen, they have the same architecture. Just a made-up limitation.
It is 100% an abstract artificial limitation under the guise of "security". All this TPM stuff is pretty much crap if you aren't incorporating things like 2FA on your accounts and even then why should I be forced to use Microsoft's encryption.
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#18
R-T-B
TardianDo go Judy on me! WTF why would you go W11? This is not a tin foil question!
AutoHDR is nice.

You are tempting me to install the beta again just to troll you.
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#19
Mussels
Moderprator
Yup, new bios on my board now for official 11 support


I still ran a modded install without secureboot and TPM, but good to know its functional if thats ever needed

11 is my only OS on my main rig and laptop... they're working really smoothly
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#20
ARF
MusselsYup, new bios on my board now for official 11 support


I still ran a modded install without secureboot and TPM, but good to know its functional if thats ever needed

11 is my only OS on my main rig and laptop... they're working really smoothly
How compared to Windows 10, faster or slower, lighter or heavier?
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#21
docnorth
TardianWindows 11 on HellFrozenOverLake on ZZZZZZZZZZZ chipset motherFboard with I_Can't memory and LN cooling needed. Punch cards supported.
I thought comments are accepted in English only.
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#22
R-T-B
ARFHow compared to Windows 10, faster or slower, lighter or heavier?
As far as binary size it's far smaller as an image to burn. DIdn't use it long enough to judge the rest.
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#23
Mussels
Moderprator
docnorthI thought comments are accepted in English only.
the universal translator in the Tardis glitches out sometimes
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#24
ARF
docnorthI thought comments are accepted in English only.
It is in English. What don't you understand?
It is about a random Lake (because of the codenames), random Z number from the chipsets' naming scheme and the tremendously high power consumption and heat which will be removed by liquid nitrogen coolers.
What don't you understand?
R-T-BAs far as binary size it's far smaller as an image to burn. DIdn't use it long enough to judge the rest.
This means there is no perceivable performance difference.

So, why would I want to update my system from Windows 10 to Windows 11?
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#25
docnorth
ARFIt is in English. What don't you understand?
It is about a random Lake (because of the codenames), random Z number from the chipsets' naming scheme and the tremendously high power consumption and heat which will be removed by liquid nitrogen coolers.
What don't you understand?
It’s about Skylake and Kaby lake which were way more efficient than the competition. l have a prebuilt PC at the office with i7 6700, the stock cooler is more than enough despite the poor airflow and the CPU is restricted to 65w but still competitive. On the other hand cooling the office’s 3700x (works as a shared mini server) was much more challenging, even without PBO. Of course its multi-core performance is in a different league.
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