At the request of Microsoft, Intel is adding instructions to its newest CPU’s to not run on Windows 7 or 8.1 OS’s. You heard that right, the CPU’s are able to technically run on an older OS with no compatibility or performance issues but they are adding code so they do not because Microsoft wants more people adopting Windows 10. Microsoft never ending push with Windows 10 has hit a new low. For all the AMD fanboys out there AMD is following suit and too bowing to Microsoft’s demands, I mean request. This is what happens when a company holds a monopoly on the market, they tend to push their weight around.
Through July 17, 2017, Skylake devices on the supported list will also be supported with Windows 7 and 8.1. During the 18-month support period, these systems should be upgraded to Windows 10 to continue receiving support after the period ends. After July 2017, 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.
Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon. For example, 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.
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