Intel Coffee lake (z370, 8700K, etc.) and Windows 7,8,8.1

Discussion in 'hardware' started by pandlouk, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

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    Can we install windows 7, 8, 8.1 on the new Intel CPUs/mobos?

    Official response: "No, only windows 10 is the supported OS"

    Reality check: Actually we can install Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 on those CPUs/mobos and in fact exist official drivers to install them. But down the road, Intel by itself? or with the pressure of Microsoft? or was it Microsoft? or maybe both Intel and Microsoft? must have demanded from the hardware makers to not release and to remove all the drivers (at least the Intel ones).

    Personally I'll buy a Ryzen 1700X because it seems that AMD values me as a client while Intel does not give a **** . And probably I will never again buy another intel product... and this comes from someone that owns 2 Macs, 2 Intel laptops, 3 Intel desktops and 2 Intel NUCs...

    Anyway for those that already bought the New cpus/mobos and do not want to install Windows 10 or want to simply test Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 on their new beasts I list bellow all the drivers that you need depending on your mobo. Search the net and you will find them... but not in the Intel site and not on your product support/download page.

    Panagiotis
     
  2. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

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    A friend asked me if I could upload those drivers and since I already did... I decided to add the link here, in case someone needs to find them in one place.
    https://mega.nz/#F!BSIhVChS!Eg5LVimXhBI98F1LAE6xWA

    Important: Only windows 10 and Linux is officially supported with the z370 chipset and the 8th gen intel processors. So if you decide to test with windows 7 and windows 8.1 you are on your own and don't expect support from Intel, Microsoft or you motherboard manufacturer. The VGA drivers are considered beta. Again, if you decide to use windows other than 10 you do it on your own risk/responsibility.

    Panagiotis
     
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