Microsoft began to block updates for older versions of Windows on new hardware

Windows 7 is supported up to 2020, and Windows 8.1 will be up to 2023, right? Not if you are trying to run older versions of Windows on a new hardware, as some frustrated customers discovered this week.

Anyone who is still an older version of Windows new hardware this week will get a heavy blow when the latest patch updates Tuesday rolled around. Instead of receiving the latest security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, customers will report an error. Unsupported hardware Your computer uses a processor that does not support this version of Windows, and you will not be streaming. The problem occurs with newer hardware equipped with 7-generation Intel processors  and AMD Ryzen chips. Systems with the Intel CPUs went on sale at the end of 2016 devices installed new chips built with AMDs just starting to reach the market. Although the sudden end of the updates can come as a surprise to some PC owners, it is not unexpected. Microsoft announced the modification of its support policy more than a year earlier, in January 2016.

To advance a new silicon generations, they will present the latest Windows platform at this time required for support … 10 Windows will support only the Windows platform in the upcoming “Kaby Lake” silicon Intel, Qualcomm 8996 “silicon and upcoming AMD” Bristol Ridge “silicon. If Microsoft initially announced the restrictions, they are also a few PCs to be used 6-generation Intel processors, which came to the end of 2015 in the trade, the company slightly over this plan impact retractor the release A list of Skylake based systems is fully supported. (Microsoft’s official list of systems Skylake supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 was released in August 2016 finally, just before the  Skylake-based systems to support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates over the official end of Microsoft’s extended support phase (January 14, 2020, and January 10, 2023, respectively). Systems that do not support list access to updates for older versions of Windows, such as July 17, 2018. The change in funding policy is a major change for Microsoft, which has been supporting historical Windows for 10 years, regardless of hardware. This promotion policy makes sense in the past few days when the computer and operating at a relatively slow pace developed systems. Current generations of hardware and software are much closer together.

Of course, built devices pre-2015 chip design, including Haswell and Broadwell family of Intel are unaffected. Today, OEMs still buys large amounts of computers, the 4th and 5th generation of Intel products; The models better business for companies about 2018 a stay with older versions of Windows advance.

Although it may be possible to manually upgrade and install updates for older versions of Windows using the management tools, the official Microsoft solution for owners themselves to load from affected systems to upgrade Windows 10. For business buyers, this change in funding policy should not incur any additional costs. Any company that has a Windows Enterprise License with Software Assurance may be from Windows 10 as part of their licensing rights, and the vast majority of Kaby See systems on the market were sold under Windows 10 licenses; Recovery operating system no additional costs arise. Also, the relatively few PC owners who built Skylake or Kaby Lake-based systems from scratch and installing Windows 7 or 8.1 should still take 10 the free upgrade to Windows.