Apr 20, 2017 06:53 PM EDT
Microsoft implemented their new policy last year, telling that Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel's upcoming 7th Gen Intel Core (Kaby Lake) silicon. Unfortunately, the policy went down badly with business users who had perfectly good reason to run old Windows on new PCs.
According to The Register, Microsoft eventually changed the policy so that users running Windows 7 or 8.1 can still get security updates. As recent reports stated, Microsoft plans to lock down system updates for those using AMD's new Ryzen and Intel's new Kaby Lake processors on an older version of Windows. By this, it means while users can install Windows 7 or 8.1 on a system featuring one of the latest Intel or AMD CPUs, users can miss out all updates, leaving their system without the latest security updates. As of now, this policy is in effect with a new message popping up for users attempting to update their older OS.
If consumers are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a PC featuring one of Intel or AMD's new CPUs, then they may start to see the following message pop up saying that "Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows. It is because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version you are currently using, your system will miss important security updates," as followed by Network World.
Users will be encouraged to install Windows 10. This policy will apply to future CPU releases from Intel and AMD. Although there's no doubt that Windows 7 purist will figure out a way to block and avoid the pop-ups entirely. Still, it is worth considering the security aspect of things. Microsoft's nice way of telling everyone who'd rather keep using Windows 7 or 8.1 on their Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen systems to screw themselves.
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