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Latest/ last Gen of CPUs Chipsets (Mobile, Desktop/ Workstation) from Intel AMD still support & can run Win 8.1?

#1 Post by crashnburn » Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:58 pm

Latest/ last Gen of CPUs Chipsets (Mobile, Desktop/ Workstation) from Intel AMD still support & can run Win 8.1?

What are the latest/ last Gen of CPUs Chipsets (Mobile, Desktop/ Workstation) from Intel AMD still support & can run Windows 8.1? officially or with some tweaks? With MS & OEMs not crippling it to push Win 10?

Currently and will continue using Win 8.1 as long as possible. Hate Win 10 but will run a side instance VHD for tiny things once in a while.

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Re: Latest/ last Gen of CPUs Chipsets (Mobile, Desktop/ Workstation) from Intel AMD still support & can run Win 8.1?

#2 Post by dr_st » Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:46 am

Pretty sure anything out there can still run Win8.1 "with some tweaks". The CPU is never the issue. Drivers for chipset-integrated components might be. For instance, Intel integrated LAN past a certain revision only has Win10 drivers, but even these can be "hacked" via simple INF changes to work on Win8.1.

Officially - I have no idea. I see very little reason to stay on Win8.1. It is a transitional system, that does not offer the same consistent desktop experience as Win7, but on the other hand it is less capable in general than Win10.
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Re: Latest/ last Gen of CPUs Chipsets (Mobile, Desktop/ Workstation) from Intel AMD still support & can run Win 8.1?

#3 Post by karl80038 » Sat Jan 01, 2022 8:45 pm

Sorry for the late reply and bumping, but the latest Intel-based ThinkPads that are officially tested and supported for use with Windows 7/8.1 by Lenovo are the Skylake-era laptops like the L460, T460, X260, X1 Gen4. The ThinkPad A275 and the ThinkPad A475 are the latest AMD-based ThinkPads that have Lenovo's official support for pre-Win10 operating systems.

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Re: Latest/ last Gen of CPUs Chipsets (Mobile, Desktop/ Workstation) from Intel AMD still support & can run Win 8.1?

#4 Post by mikemex » Sun Jan 02, 2022 12:48 am

karl80038 wrote:
Sat Jan 01, 2022 8:45 pm
the latest Intel-based ThinkPads that are officially tested and supported for use with Windows 7/8.1 by Lenovo are the Skylake-era laptops like the L460, T460, X260, X1 Gen4.
Skylake may be old and underpowered by today standards, but it's so special because it's the only intel generation to support almost all Windows versions (Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 and even Windows 11). Older than that and it won't run Windows 11 and newer won't do Windows 7. And I like the X1C4 in particular because it runs very cool and quiet, it has a traditional charging port (I hate being forced to use USB-C Power Delivery), it uses dual pivot hinges, etc (too bad it's so darn expensive to maintain; many parts cost a small fortune).

About Power Delivery, I'm not opposed to it per se, but to the unnecesary miniaturization. In a phone there is no room for anything but USB-C, but a laptop should have a similar connector just physically larger. A normal size USB port in USB-C shape (let's call it "USB-D") is what the computing world really needed, not USB-C.
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Re: Latest/ last Gen of CPUs Chipsets (Mobile, Desktop/ Workstation) from Intel AMD still support & can run Win 8.1?

#5 Post by dr_st » Sun Jan 02, 2022 2:54 am

mikemex wrote:
Sun Jan 02, 2022 12:48 am
About Power Delivery, I'm not opposed to it per se, but to the unnecesary miniaturization. In a phone there is no room for anything but USB-C, but a laptop should have a similar connector just physically larger. A normal size USB port in USB-C shape (let's call it "USB-D") is what the computing world really needed, not USB-C.
So you propose to replace unnecessary miniaturization with unnecessary size expansion? Why? There already is a standardized, functional port. Why would you create a new one that is the same but takes more space? Drawbacks are immediately obvious (for instance, you cannot share chargers and peripherals between your PC, tablet and phone, without some adapters). What is the gain?
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