Solved Motherboard recommendation for Windows 11?

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Xinil

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I currently am using a GigaByte GA-970A-DS3 Motherboard with Windows 10. Everything is working fine.

Of course, the motherboard isn't compatible with Windows 11.

Recommendations on a motherboard replacement for my GigaByte GA-970A-DS3 Motherboard?

Thanks.
 

Bruce

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what's the requirement causing the mobo to not be Win11 compatible?
does the board support Secure Boot and TPM?
or is it the processor that is too old?

quick answer, any new mobo will be Win11 compliant, even ones as old as 5 years or so.
but a new mobo probably equates to new memory and new processor as well. :(
 
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Xinil

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CPU is fine. Windows 11 check failed on the UEFI and TPM requirements.

I realize new motherboard means new CPU and RAM. Hoping I can still use the existing power supply, drives, etc.

Shame on Microsoft for forcing these requirements just to run Windows.
 

phillpower2

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I realize new motherboard means new CPU and RAM. Hoping I can still use the existing power supply, drives, etc.

A new MB also means that you have to purchase a new Windows product key as well :(
 

Xinil

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I realize I'll probably need to reauthenticate the OS (MS Office, etc), but a new product key should not be needed.
 

Bruce

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yes it sucks that Win11 will force many people to upgrade their hardware if they want to use the new OS.
But... it will mean better security and Win10 will still be updated for four more years.
personally, I think in that timeframe, you'll see MS relax those constraints as they'll want people to leave Win10 behind and upgrade.

we have about 60 PC's at work and only 18 are Win11 compatible.
we'll just keep the Win10 PC's humming along until they die.
 

phillpower2

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I realize I'll probably need to reauthenticate the OS (MS Office, etc), but a new product key should not be needed.

Depends on what version of Windows you have, OEM/System builders or full retail, doesn't apply to MS Office only Windows, see my canned explanation below;

Unless your present product key is the full retail version you cannot use it with a new MB as an OEM product key is tied to the original MB it was paired with, to use an OEM key with a new MB is detected by the Microsoft servers as software piracy and therefore you get on screen warnings etc..

Exceptions to the above are 1: If your MB is replaced under warranty and 2: If your MB is replaced out of warranty with an alternative type but same brand due to the original model no longer being available, an upgraded MB however will require the purchase of a new OS licence.

If you have a full retail disk and a product key that is not in use on another computer the OEM restriction/s is/are not the same.
 

phillpower2

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Or have an MSDN subscription.

Or an MSDN subscription but in my defence people that can afford to pay an initial outlay of almost $6000 and then an annual $2999 do not come to tech forums asking for help, they have an Admin dept to go to and any tech forum that helps a user that is logged into an MSDN account can find themselves before the courts should something go wrong.

Also worth mentioning is that you having an MSDN subscription on a computer that has a twelve year old motherboard would be real out of the ordinary ;)
 
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