Intel Alder Lake is no longer affected by DRM problems
Intel recently updated its website dedicated to Alder Lake DRM issues, confirming that they have been fully resolved.
At the launch of desktop Intel Alder Lake CPUs, an issue has emerged regarding the software recognition of the hybrid architecture. Digital Rights Management tools in software such as games would recognize Efficient cores as a separate system. This would trigger the DRM protection and it could result in the game suddenly shutting down or game launchers being prevented from starting whatsoever.
Intel and motherboard makers provided workarounds, some of which are based on core parking, while others would make use of BIOS “Legacy Game Compatibility Mode”. For those who experienced those problems those workarounds were not a huge problem but still a very annoying thing to encounter on a brand new processor.
Intel has now confirmed that the list of affected software is now empty, which means that officially Intel is not aware of any software still encountering DRM issues with Alder Lake.
Intel has resolved the DRM issue on 12th Gen intel® Core™ Processors that caused games to crash or not load in Windows 11* and/or Windows® 10 by working with game publishers and Microsoft. At this time, all games originally identified as having this DRM issue have been fixed through game patches or OS updates.
If you experience issues on an older Windows OS, run the latest version of Windows Update to resolve the issue. Along with game patches, the most recent updates for Windows 11 and Windows 10 have resolved a majority of the DRM issues.
Naturally, gamers who are still, for some reason, encountering such problems are encouraged to reach out to Intel so that those issues can quickly be patched.