The Curtain Is Falling On Lots Of Old Windows Builds

Mar 20, 2017, 00:26
The Curtain Is Falling On Lots Of Old Windows Builds

Users who build their own devices are most at risk, particularly those who have an aversion to Windows 10, and insist on running older versions of Microsoft's platform. Microsoft will block updates on said systems until they are updated to Windows 10.

Word of a new Microsoft support document surfaced Thursday, applying the stick to those bold enough to try and pair an older Microsoft OS with the latest silicon.

However, it was initially believed that users running computers with the new chips would only have some compatibility issues when trying to run Windows 7 or 8.1 but now it seems that Microsoft will ditch support altogether, meaning users are faced with being left open to security threats unless they upgrade to Windows 10. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 would be out of luck, with Microsoft having no plans to support the new chips on the old operating systems.

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We already knew that Microsoft and its hardware partners - namely Intel and AMD - will not provide official support for the newest generation of PC processors on operating systems released prior to Windows 10.

However, although Intel's seventh generation Kaby Lake chip is now the talk of the town, there are rumors that Microsoft will bypass it and use AMD's Ryzen instead in the new Surface Pro 5. Microsoft did not immediately reply to questions, including whether it is now sniffing for Windows 7 and 8.1 on PCs running the banned silicon, and if it has not, when it would. But when's the last time you had to upgrade your OS to, er, use your OS, because of your processor?

Microsoft's new policy is obviously not going to sit well with some users. That's a pretty tough pillow to swallow for those that still want to cling on to Windows 7 (for whatever reason), and is likely a move that won't sit well with many consumers and businesses. After a little blowback, it said it would support Skylake up to mid-2018, but Kaby Lake, Ryzen and Bristol Ridge are newer. And the problem is exacerbated by the company's messaging via Windows Update. Extended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 end on January 14, 2020 and January 10, 2023 respectively. But what that does also mean is that if there are additional things added to Windows that you dislike, you won't have any option to use an old version of Windows instead.