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What was the point of releasing the latest Skylake processors in 2017 when the X299 Chipset doesn't support Windows 7/8?

MLes
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I assume that the reason the Skylake processors were still released in late 2017 was because they are still supported by Windows 7/8? This is despite Kaby Lake/Coffee lake already being out.

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n_scott_pearson
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While support for Windows 7/8.1/10 is provided for Skylake processors, support for only Windows 10 is provided for the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors that you can use in your X299-based board. This is because Skylake-X was released after the deadline Intel established for their transition to supporting only Windows 10.

Hope this helps,

...S

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