In January last year, one particular decision by Microsoft faced lot of criticism; when it announced to end support for older versions of Windows and users didn’t like it. The company thus made an other announcement and said “Microsoft’s support would only be available for Skylake PCs.” In other words, the company confirmed; there would be no Windows 7 or 8.1 updates available to users any further.
Microsoft had actually conveyed that there will be no room for outdated Windows versions, on upcoming, latest PC hardware. But as mentioned above, due to the (anticipated) backlash, all Microsoft could do was to cave in on the decision. The company later said it would only back Skylake PCs, which still run the older Windows 7 and 8.1.
The company further added that for continued support; Windows 10 would be a MUST for the entire “Silicon Platforms” in future.
The decision is not only in effect now but the same is causing numerous problems for the users, still relying on older versions. Whenever they attempt to install latest “Patch Tuesday Updates” on their new hardware; the poor users encounter errors.
Most of the users reported that whenever they tried to install the newer batch of security updates; their newer PCs encountered the following error:
The PC you’re using, possesses an unsupported processor on this Windows version and thus; you won’t receive further updates.
Though controversial, the announcement about no Windows 7 or 8.1 updates however, had purpose. The users were explicitly cautioned about the fact that every new PC will require Windows 10; being the only available, latest Windows platform.
Whether its Bristol Ridge (AMD), Kaby Lake (Intel) or “8996” silicon (Qualcomm); to receive future updates, each of these upcoming seventh-gen silicon processors would require one thing; running Windows 10.