And with “old” we do not mean only 1998 or 2002, but teams of just a couple of years of life that the manufacturer no longer officially support. This new Windows scenario looks a lot like the lives of Android phones.
Earlier this week we told you how computers with a Clover Trail processor were stuck in the Windows 10 Anniversay Update because they were not eligible to upgrade to Creators Update. Now Microsoft has confirmed that any hardware device that runs outside the manufacturer’s support cycle may be ineligible for future upgrades to Windows 10.
In the case of the Clover Trail processors, these had been out of the phase of interactive support of Intel, and therefore could not receive the Creators Update according to Microsoft. They will be offered only the Anniversary Update in addition to security updates until January 2023, when the Windows 8.1 support period ends.
Those of Redmond have said that:
If a hardware partner fails to support any device or any of its key components, and fails to provide driver updates, firmware upgrades, or fixes, it may mean that the device will no longer be able to perform a new major update of Windows 10.
This means that if you bought a computer and the manufacturer of it, or any of the parts that compose it, stop offering support and installed Windows 10, you could run out of updates in the future.
Life with Windows as a Service
For an eternity users have been accustomed to being able to install the operating system that is in our PCs. It may be slow, maybe not, but in a world where Windows now works as a service and Windows 10 will be the version on The one that continues working, we will have to worry about changing of computer or risk losing to the security patches sooner or later.
Ironically or to make users complain, an immense amount of computers created for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 were upgraded to Windows 10 in large part because of the pressure exerted by Microsoft since its launch. Offering a free update, downloading the system only through Windows Update and tirelessly annoying the user.
Now those users who upgraded to Windows 10 on old PCs could get stuck sooner rather than later and stop receiving next major Windows 10 updates. Now you have to worry about how long a manufacturer decides to support your hardware.
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