Microsoft ends updates for Windows 7/8.1 on new processors

Microsoft has announced that all support for its Windows Vista operating system will come to an end in less than a month.

Moreover, this rumored spring release date of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is further supported by a report by ZDNet previous year that the Windows 10 Creators Update was pushed back to a spring 2017 release to support "a new wave of Microsoft-branded Windows devices".

Today, when Microsoft released Build 15060 to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring, they hit a milestone when it comes to the number of builds released for Redstone 2 as compared to the Anniversary Updates Redstone 1 development.

However, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs running these new CPUs will not scan for updates or download them from Windows Update. That hardware includes Intel's 7th-generation chips, AMD Ryzen, and Qualcomm's "8996" series of chips. Britain's National Health Service is still using a lot of Windows XP systems, for example, and Microsoft will support these at a cost of $200 per desktop for year one, $400 for year two, and $800 for a third year. At that point, some Skylake-equipped PCs would continue to receive some security updates; other such PCs would get nothing after the deadline. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 would be out of luck, with Microsoft having no plans to support the new chips on the old operating systems.

Also Windows again might not remind you to restart after you install an update, like a Surface firmware update. Microsoft did not immediately reply to questions, including whether it is now sniffing for Windows 7 and 8.1 on PCs running the banned silicon, and if it has not, when it would.

So hold on tight because something tells me there are more builds to be installed before we reach that final one leading up to the Creators Update GA.

Currently, Windows 7 and 8.1 users will receive the following error when scanning or attempting to download Windows updates.

Indeed it had roughly 400 million users in 2009, but with the release of Windows 7 (October 2009), Windows 8 (October 2012), Windows 8.1 (October 2013), and then Windows 10 in July 2015, its market share soon plummeted.

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