What is newest motherboard/CPU combo that can run Windows 7?

NatalieEGH

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I am not interested in using Windows 10.

I make extensive use of Windows Media Center. As the old advertisements from Microsoft suggested, I made my computer the center of my entire entertainment system. I play BluRays on my computer. It is my DVR. It is my DVD player. It is my radio. I read books on KIndle. I watch television using a Hauppauge 4 channel or Ceton InfinitTV 6 (only used in Christmas season as that is the only time I have cable, I like the movies) tuner. Everything except my Playstations run through my computer. Most running through Windows Media Center.

I am not interested in Microsoft controlling what patches I install and when. I have discovered installing about a month late is often a good idea as Microsoft does not always test well or with every hardware combination.

I understand Microsoft Windows 10 will not install except of approved motherboard/cpu combinations. Fine, I do not care.

I understand Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will no longer install on the new motherboard/cpu combinations. That is bad.

What is the highest generation equipment I can use for Windows 7 now (I have licensed copies of both 64 Ultimate and Professional)? I would gladly continue with my current hardware except my motherboard is failing, so time to build a replacement.
 
You can use Intel 200 Series Chipset motherboard along with Intel 6th Generation CPU.
For example:
ASUS PRIME B250M-A
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132947&Tpk=N82E16813132947

Intel Core i5-6600
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117562

CPU Support List
https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-B250M-A/HelpDesk_CPU/

That is a B250 Chipset. Windows 8.1 64-bit and Windows 7 32 / 64-bit are only supported when using 6th Generation Intel Processors. So Kaby Lake and 7th Gen CPUs need Windows 10.
 
You can use Intel 200 Series Chipset motherboard along with Intel 6th Generation CPU.
For example:
ASUS PRIME B250M-A
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132947&Tpk=N82E16813132947

Intel Core i5-6600
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117562

CPU Support List
https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-B250M-A/HelpDesk_CPU/

That is a B250 Chipset. Windows 8.1 64-bit and Windows 7 32 / 64-bit are only supported when using 6th Generation Intel Processors. So Kaby Lake and 7th Gen CPUs need Windows 10.
 

NatalieEGH

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Calvin7, I will try your solution first. I had actually purchased the i7-7700k cpu and ASUS Strix B250F a while back but then read a bunch of information suggesting it was a turkey processor. I then was thinking of building an AMD Threadripper system but was told about the about the problems using Windows 7 and when "BLANK". It looks like the turkey may be my solution after all. I have all that I need except DDR memory.

Thank you. I am tentatively picking you as the solution.

After I build the i7-7700k system, I will try what alexoiu suggested too. It looks like I am at the end of my time with Microsoft so a second system even just sitting waiting to be a backup will not hurt.
 

NatalieEGH

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You suggested the ASUS B250M-A motherboard. I looked and it uses the i7-7700K CPU (I gave up trying to keep track of generations, possibly dumb but for me it just got two confusing, Haswell, Broadwell, Katy Lake, ... and whitch -- deliberately misspelled to combine the two words and meanings to display how they confuse and annoy me -- go with what).

Does it use multiple generations of CPU? I thought the generations starting somewhere around the Pentium II only supported specific CPUs from specific generations. I know the last computer that I built that could use 2 generations supported the Pentium and Pentium Pro. Now it is getting really hard to go more than one or two generations and still be able to even re-use memory.

So what i7 is the 6th generation. I admit 90% of my computer use is reading (Kindle, fanfiction, wikipedia) and gaming with a i5 would be plenty powerful for but I still occasionally, it is becoming rarer, do fairly heavy production stuff too, especially when writing utilities for my use. They are either ones I cannot find, are too expensive, or just do not quite do what I want to do. And I do like to keep my MASM skills for going completely rusty and the work keeps my mind active (must now remember the great enemy is dementia).
 

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