The Intel i7-6700HQ CPU is not compatible with Windows 11. Because Intel i7-6700HQ is a 6th generation CPU, Windows 11 needs at least an 8th gen processor. in other words, your i7-6700HQ based device is not compatible with Windows 11 even it meets all other requirements of Windows 11 upgrade. you can also use PC health check app to confirm that.
Intel i7-6700HQ CPU Specifications
- Total Cores 4.
- Total Threads 8.
- Max Turbo Frequency 3.50 GHz.
- Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Frequency‡ 3.50 GHz.
- Processor Base Frequency 2.60 GHz.
- Cache 6 MB Intel® Smart Cache.
- Bus Speed 8 GT/s. TDP 45 W.
Why Intel i7-6700HQ is not supported Windows 11?
Windows 11 enables Microsoft’s Virtual-Based Security (VBS) with more security in mind. While VBS has been around for a while, Win 10 is not enabled. There is a slight performance penalty for enabling VBS, but can reportedly increase CPU load by as much as 30% to 40%.
And 8th Gen Intel processors supporting the Intel vPro platform include MBEC optimizations, which mitigate the performance penalty caused by VBS. That’s why Microsoft requires 8th generation and above Intel processors to upgrade to Windows 11. In general, it is for a safer situation, while ensuring the good performance of the system.
How to Install Windows 11 on Intel i7-6700HQ?
Although microsoft reported that Intel i7-6700HQ is not supported Windows 11, you can still install Windows 11 on Intel i7-6700HQ. if you really want to experience Windows 11 on your Intel i7-6700HQ based device. You can read the article how to install Windows 11 on unsupported CPUs.
Before that, you need to notice that you will not receive any security update after installing on unsupported computers. Therefore, You need to think carefully before doing this.