Sat. May 28th, 2022

A month later, Microsoft and Intel fixed the DRM issues on Windows 11 with 12th generation Alder Lake CPUs for most games. Right now, only three games are still affected by the issue, which is still a huge improvement from the 51 titles that had trouble running on Windows 11.

DRM-affected titles on Windows 11 aimed at Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake desktop CPUs

The problem arose when the Digital Rights Management (DRM) software in a series of games incorrectly identified the hybrid design of Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs as two separate PCs. Intel’s Alder Lake CPU series comes with two separate core architectures, Performance Cores (P-Core) powered by Golden Cove architecture and Efficiency Cores (E-Core) powered by Gracemont architecture. DRM treats these two separate core packages as two different PCs while part of the same chip.

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Earlier this month, over 50 titles were affected by the DRM issue on Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs and Windows 11 OS. Now there are only three titles, which include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Fernbus Simulator and Maden 22.

Name of game affected in Windows 11 * and Windows 10
  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla *
  • Fernbus Simulator *
  • Madden 22 *

Intel says the solution to the problem for these games is the scroll lock fix, which can be done by enabling Legacy Game Compatibility mode from the BIOS on your motherboard. While running the mentioned games, you can press scroll lock to park the E-cores on Intel Alder Lake Desktop CPUs to get rid of DRM issues.

Some motherboard manufacturers like MSI and Gigabyte have made this even easier through software tools that you do not need to access the BIOS with. All you have to do is select a button in the tool that works on both Windows 11 and Windows 10 operating systems and you will enable compatibility mode.

Intel Alder Lake Desktop CPU DRM Game Access Utility for Microsoft Windows 11

MSI released DRM access tool to offer an alternative way to improve the problem that Intel has seen in the past and bring players a solution to the affected game titles. BIOS update is not a launch requirement DRM access tool, as just to ensure that the E-core is not the bottleneck when running the game.

1. Before starting the game, open the tool and press start
Start the game and you should not encounter any DRM related issues

If you encountered DRM issues on Windows 11 with certain games, it is recommended that you follow both methods depending on your motherboard (DRM Fix Tool & BIOS Feature).

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