- January 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm #71489Sir-diealotParticipant
Microsoft says new processors will only work with Windows 10
Soon, when you buy a new PC, it won’t support Windows 7 or 8. Microsoft has announced a change to its support policy that lays out its plans for future updates to its older operating systems, and the new rules mean that future PC owners with next-generation Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors will need to use Windows 10.
It’s not usual for old PCs to fall short of the minimum requirements of a brand new operating system, but in this case, the opposite is happening. Microsoft and its partners will not be putting in the significant work necessary to make new hardware work with older versions of Windows. The old operating systems, at best, will merely lack the latest updates. At worst, they might not function properly.
Policy starts with Intel’s current processors, Skylake
“Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support,” Microsoft notes in a blog post published on Friday. “Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming ‘Kaby Lake’ silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming ‘8996’ silicon, and AMD’s upcoming ‘Bristol Ridge’ silicon.”
This new policy doesn’t mean that Windows 7 and 8.1 are no longer supported in general. The two operating systems will continue to get updates through January 14th, 2020 and January 10th, 2023, respectively. But that’s only if you’re using hardware that was contemporaneous with those operating systems.
For current PC owners, the detail to note is that Intel’s current, sixth generation processors, known as Skylake, are the first that won’t support either of the older versions of Windows. (Intel and Microsoft say that the platform and Windows 10 were designed for each other.) Microsoft is phasing in the policy now.
Microsoft offers 18-month grace period for enterprise customers
For the company’s all-important enterprise customers, who often lag behind on hardware and software updates in order to guarantee stability, Microsoft says it will be maintaining a list of approved Skylake systems that are guaranteed to have Windows 7 and 8.1 support through July 17th, 2017. That gives companies an 18-month grace period to buy modern hardware for employees before committing and implementing upgrades to Windows 10.
After the grace period, only “the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for these configurations, and will be released if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.” Companies and consumers, of course, can still buy older PC hardware that doesn’t utilize Intel’s Skylake platform or other modern CPUs — the last generation of supported Intel processors are known as Broadwell, and those chips are still widely available.
The policy change not only makes Microsoft’s hardware partners happy — they no longer are on the hook to develop as many costly software updates for past versions of Windows — but it also helps Microsoft push adoption of Windows 10. The company sees the operating system as the “final” version of Windows; it’s now a service, not a product, and this change better reflects that. There’s only one current version of Windows, and while Microsoft will fulfill its legacy hardware obligations, it won’t be expending resources to help users steer clear of its latest and greatest.
Windows 7 and 8.1 won’t be updated for future processors, starting with Intel’s Skylake platformJanuary 23, 2016 at 1:25 am #90043January 23, 2016 at 1:44 pm #90044Steve-OParticipant
They (MS) just keep on driving the stake into us every week with crap like this, especially aggressively the past year or so.
I’m even now thinking more of moving to Linux or even Apple. OMGJanuary 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm #90045
My Apple days were cut short by one of my sons needing an iMac for college. I gave him my 24” iMac.
It was great for photo editing and keeping my songs all in one place,…..but gaming sucked with it, even though it was an Intel Extreme series processor with 16GB of RAM. It’s OS was easy to use and worked great.
Microsoft is pissing me off and I’m actively looking for alternatives to Windows. I really love the way Win-7 works, but I think that they’re trying to screw that up for us. They’re actively messing with those of us who like what we already have.
I do have Linux on one of my PCs and it’s about to be more of them.
I’ll probably mantain one PC in Windows game playing mode and forgo the rest of them.
Win-10 is sticking as it’s shoved down my throat. (can you tell?)
Microsoft can kiss my ass.January 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm #90046Sir-diealotParticipant
I knew this would not make people happy but figured people would want to know before they went and bought any new equipment.January 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm #90047
Just got an i5-6600K, ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+, and 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM.
So I’m all-in, already.January 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm #90050Steve-OParticipant
you going to put Windows 10 on it ??????January 30, 2016 at 7:44 pm #90054Bob2701Member
LMFAO!!!January 30, 2016 at 9:38 pm #90055
Once they stop providing support for my shiny new CPU, I’ll move on to something else.
Win-10 isn’t gonna be on any of my PCs except for the Dell Laptop that already has it.January 31, 2016 at 3:34 pm #90056Bob2701Member
You shouldn’t hold back Neil, tell us how you really feel. lol
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