Tech giant Microsoft is reportedly forcing owners of computers that feature the latest CPU architecture to only install Windows 10 but not previous versions of the popular operating system.

According to a report published by the respected ZDNet tech news platform, Microsoft’s promise to support Windows 7 until 2020 and Windows 8.1 until 2023 has been nullified to owners of computers powered by the seventh generation Intel chips such as Kaby Lake and their AMD counterparts, known as Bristol Ridge.

Potential Issues With Hardware Upgrades

Let’s say you purchase a desktop powered by an Intel Kaby Lake processor; chances are that Windows 10 Anniversary Update will already be installed on your new machine. If you have a Windows 7 OEM CD, you might still be able to go through the installation process; however, you may see an ominous message from Microsoft indicating that your hardware is not supported and will not receive future updates. You may also become subject to nagging messages urging you to upgrade to Windows 10. Alternatively, you may see error messages that mention Code 80240037.

If you have a tablet powered by a Qualcomm 8996 chip, you may also run into the aforementioned issues, although you really want to be running Windows 10 in this case since this is an operating system that is more suitable for mobile devices than Windows 7.

It is too early to tell if backlash from enterprise desktop users who want to stick with Windows 7 will prompt Microsoft to reverse this latest policy. To be fair to Microsoft, the company had already announced this move a year ago with its Lifecycle Program for Windows products.

Resolving Windows Operating System Hardware Issues

If you decide to stick with Windows 7 or 8.1 and are unable to connect to Windows Update, bring your system to PC Performance Pros in Victorville. Our technicians might be able to perform a manual download and install procedure to ensure that your device is up-to-date. This is particularly important at a time when hackers are actively looking for vulnerabilities, exploits, and systems that have not been properly patched with security updates.

Needless to say, it is imperative that you have antivirus programs installed in any device that is powered by older operating systems. If you find that the Microsoft Windows policies are too restrictive, you may want to consider stable alternatives such as Linux.