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VenkatRahul-0049 asked ShawnMaiberger-6198 published

when the Windows 11 free upgrade is available for Intel Core i7-6770HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz CPU's

Hello Windows 11 support team,

Can you please let us know when the Windows 11 free upgrade is available for Intel Core i7-6770HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz CPU's on for Intel NUC 6i7KYK

Thank you for the support.

Best regards
Venkat Rahul

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KapilArya answered

Hello,

I understand i7-6770HQ processor is not compatible for Windows 11, according to Microsoft. Atm, we don't have any information, if it will be included in list of supported processors.

I recommend you to drop a feedback to Microsoft about this, using Feedback hub app.

Regards.

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ShawnMaiberger-6198 answered ShawnMaiberger-6198 published

Windows 11 is not supported on 6th generation Intel processors. Microsoft discusses this in this blog, where they note that a select set of 7th generation Intel, and all 8th generation and above Intel processors are supported, and that 6th generation and below will not be supported. https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/08/27/update-on-windows-11-minimum-system-requirements-and-the-pc-health-check-app/

The full Intel CPU compatibility list is available here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/supported/windows-11-supported-intel-processors, where you can see that the 6770HQ is not on the compatible processors list.

Per the Microsoft blog, their recommendation is to continue running Windows 10 on your NUC, and to upgrade to a newer system that supports Windows 11 before October 2025 when Windows 10 support ends: "For those who are using a PC that won’t upgrade, and who aren’t ready to transition to a new device, Windows 10 is the right choice. We will support Windows 10 through October 14, 2025."

As an unsupported option, you can also use this registry setting to upgrade to Windows 11 while bypassing the CPU support check: https://www.theverge.com/22715331/how-to-install-windows-11-unsupported-cpu-intel-amd-registry-regedit

However, if you choose to do this to upgrade to 11 on your unsupported system instead of staying on 10, note that Microsoft may reserve the right to deny future updates to your system on 11 per https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/21/22686457/windows-11-health-check-compatible-supported-cpu-old-pc-waiver

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