Microsoft dropping updates for Windows 7/ 8.1 running on current generation processors


#1

TL; DR Microsoft seems to have forgotten the painful lessons from Vista/ 8.0.

Official MS communication:

“Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows” error when you scan or download Windows updates

We recommend that you upgrade Windows 8.1-based and Window 7-based computers to Windows 10 if those computers have a processor that is from any of the following generations:

• Intel seventh (7th)-generation "Intel Core" processor or a later generation
• AMD seventh (7th)-generation (“Bristol Ridge") processor or a later generation
• Qualcomm “8996" processor or a later generation

#2

This is quite interesting, when Microsoft rolled out Windows 10, they gave a chance to Windows users to upgrade free, they really wanted this, despite having devices in the shelves of vendors running Windows 8, and you know how many users don’t do software upgrades. They don’t because they are not on unlimited WiFi.

Microsoft pretends to understand Africa and they still don’t. As much as people are still buying Android phones, information from mobile carriers is that people don’t update their phones. It isn’t much different for PCs.

Right now Microsoft’s product for Windows 10 is highly dependent on the internet, thus the no-version model that just pushes updates after Windows 10. I mean, they are even pushing ads to Windows Explorer.

So they have set their minds that for all the later chips, they will arm-twist users to go onto Windows 10 since it would be tough to do the same to PC users with older machines.


#3

A good point noting that people don’t do updates. At a lot of my corporate clients; the kind with hundreds of workstations and the latest hardware, Windows 7 is king. The big impact is that Microsoft will hurt their users.

And the stats seem to back those numbers:

Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Operating System - Windows Versions Market Share