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Windows 7: Is Win7 running on LGA1151 + Skylake Motherboards?

08 Oct 2015   #1
pstein

win7pro 64bit
 
 
Is Win7 running on LGA1151 + Skylake Motherboards?

I am planning to buy a new computer with a LGA 1151 and Skylake processor.

Is Win7 running on such systems?

In other words: Are there Win 7 drivers available fr the new Skylake chipsets?

Peter


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08 Oct 2015   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Yes it will be fine.
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08 Oct 2015   #3
Alling

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Yes it will be fine.
I wouldn't really say so. I just tried to install Windows 7 Ultimate on an MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC with a 6600K. The only thing it does is complain about missing CD/DVD drivers as soon as I start the setup. AFAIK, this cannot be easily solved, since Intel has removed EHCI support in Skylake, effectively preventing installation of Windows 7. (It means that no USB devices will work during setup, including the bootable USB drive and the keyboard and mouse.)

It may still be possible to install from a DVD, but it seems that you must have an ODD, a PS/2 port and a PS/2 keyboard and mouse. So although it may not be impossible, it is certainly not easy, and most people don't own the required hardware.
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08 Oct 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

That`s crazy

Only way to know for sure is to experiment, but just going off that info, why would someone buy Skylake with the intent of installing 7 knowing ahead of time it may not work.

But Windows 10 is just another OS, once you get used to the GUI, so no real big issue.
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08 Oct 2015   #5
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I didn't know that, I stand corrected.
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08 Oct 2015   #6
Alling

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
That`s crazy
Yes, it is.

A friend told me that he had installed Windows 7 on a Z170 computer from a USB drive without any problems though. So I don't know ... It certainly doesn't work for me, even if I enable Windows 7 Installation in the UEFI settings.
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08 Oct 2015   #7
Alling

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
I didn't know that, I stand corrected.
Neither did I until I tried; I would never even have considered the possibility that Windows 7 would not run on Skylake.

One thing that did work was booting from an SSD with a Windows installation from another computer. Though, it was impossible to get any USB support at all.
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08 Oct 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Good thing none of us have to worry about it

@ Alling, the only time we`ve seen that error message was from the result of a bad installer, usually burned too fast (dvd anyway) what program did you use to create your usb installer and where did you get the iso files from ?

Windows 7 doesn`t see usb 3.0 and if the Skylake chipset has truly dropped usb 2.0 then there`s the problem.

I mean, are we saying there are no usb 2.0 ports on a Z170 board ?
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08 Oct 2015   #9
Alling

Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Good thing none of us have to worry about it

@ Alling, the only time we`ve seen that error message was from the result of a bad installer, usually burned too fast (dvd anyway) what program did you use to create your usb installer and where did you get the iso files from ?

Windows 7 doesn`t see usb 3.0 and if the Skylake chipset has truly dropped usb 2.0 then there`s the problem.

I mean, are we saying there are no usb 2.0 ports on a Z170 board ?
No, Z170 has full USB 2.0 support (of course; removing it would pretty much make every Z170 motherboard useless for any purpose).

I don't remember what program I used, but the drive has worked perfectly fine on Haswell-E, Haswell, Ivy Bridge, and Sandy Bridge computers.
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08 Oct 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Then I don`t understand why W7 wouldn`t install on a Z170 board, even after reading that article, so......

I`m befuttled

I mean it`s not like any manufacturer makes a board for a certain OS, unless I`m missing something here.
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