This may be a shock to most users that bought a new computer and found out that they are unable to use Windows 7/8. Microsoft announced in January of 2016 that Windows 10 will be the only supported Operating System starting with Intel’s Skylake processors.
Intel’s New Generation Processors:
- 6th Generation Skylake
- 7th Generation Kaby Lake
- 8th Generation Coffee Lake (14nm) and Canon Lake (10nm) (Just released 10/05/2017)
- 9th Generation Ice Lake (10nm) (Expected Release is in 2018 or 2019)
Canon Lake is the first design with 10 nm (Nanometer), this means smaller transistor design and allows for more power efficiency.
AMD’s New Generation Processors:
- Bristol Ridge
Microsoft announced that they consider Windows 10 to be the “Final” Operating system and will move forward as a service rather than a product. This would mean that they would release major updates like Version 1709 released October 2017 and is between 4GB and 8GB depending on features.
Businesses will need to be Windows 10 ready when they buy new computers, because they will no longer be able to buy newer computers and have Windows 7/8. This means their business applications, printers/scanners might need to be upgraded. This does not mean that Windows 7/8 is no longer supported.
- Windows 7 will continue to get patches and security updates until 01/14/2020
- Windows 8 will continue to get patches and security updates until 01/10/2023
Microsoft released a Windows Update KB on these newer processors will prohibit PC’s from receiving updates. There are some workarounds like removing the Hard Drive and placing it in another PC for updates, or looking at some articles that show you how to bypass it. I have tried a few myself but have concluded that your better option is to upgrade to Windows 10.