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If you intend to use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 in the foreseeable future, you should know that Microsoft plans to make it harder for you.

If you’ve got a current generation Intel Skylake processor, they’re going to stop issuing security updates for these older supported versions of Windows in about eighteen months. Furthermore, Microsoft is refusing to support anything less than Windows 10 on Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake processors, period.

Despite the inevitable outpouring of grief and anger, this is actually a really good move for Microsoft, and an even better move for consumers. It will increase security, and ensure that older versions of Windows are put to pasture when they really ought to. Here’s what you need to know.

Windows 10 and Intel’s Kaby Lake Processors

Technically speaking, Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors are remarkable leaps forward, and represent a significant advancement on earlier Intel chips. The fabrication process has improved to the point where each transistor measures around 14 nano meters, allowing more of them to fit on a single piece of silicon wafer, while simultaneously consuming less power.

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Kaby Lake is better equipped to handle 4K video, and has more resources allocated to 3D graphics than earlier Intel processors. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Ever since the Intel Core 2 architecture was first released, Intel has been determined to improve the graphics performance on their chips in order to compete with AMD and NVIDIA.

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But perhaps the most controversial feature of these chips is one we mentioned at the start of this article: namely that previous versions of Windows will not be supported on this chipset. No matter whether you’re a home-builder or an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), you’ll have to use Windows 10, otherwise you won’t receive security updates or patches.

This will undoubtedly earn the ire of users, but there’s a really good reason for it. In an official blogpost called “Windows 10 Embracing Silicon Innovation”, they attributed this to the immense difficulty in ensuring older versions of Windows are able to use the features of these chips:

“Windows 7 was designed nearly 10 years ago before any x86/x64 SOCs existed. For Windows 7 to run on any modern silicon, device drivers and firmware need to emulate Windows 7’s expectations for interrupt processing, bus support, and power states, which is challenging for WiFi, graphics, security, and more. As partners make customizations to legacy device drivers, services, and firmware settings, customers are likely to see regressions with Windows 7 ongoing servicing.”

Before you take to Twitter and start bombarding Intel with angry messages, it’s worth pointing out that they’re not alone in this. Both AMD (remember them?) and Qualcomm have stated that their next-generation chips will be Windows 10 exclusives. These are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MS8996, and AMD’s Bristol Ridge APU (Accelerated Processing Unit What Is An APU? [Technology Explained] What Is An APU? [Technology Explained] Read More ), which is scheduled to be released later this year.

But My Current Computer Is Fine, Right?

Your ability to use Windows 7 and 8.1 on your existing machine depends on what kind of processor you’ve got. If your computer isn’t cutting edge, you’re probably fine. But if you’re using Intel’s latest-and-greatest Skylake processors, Microsoft is determined to strong-arm you into upgrading How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 Microsoft ramps up its efforts to make users upgrade to Windows 10. Come 2016, many people will wake up to a new operating system, despite never having consented to the upgrade. Don't be one of... Read More .

Although Windows 7 will continue to receive updates until 2020, and Windows 8 until 2023, and in spite of the fact that these versions of Windows run quite happily on Skylake processors, Microsoft is discontinuing support for these versions of Windows on Skylake on July 17, 2017. That’s about eighteen months away.

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After that point, only the “most critical” security fixes will be released for those platforms. There’s no guarantee of that either, as these fixes will only be released if they don’t “risk the reliability or compatibility” of Windows 7 and 8.1 on non-Skylake systems.

There’s yet-another caveat, too. Only a handful of machines will be eligible to receive updates and patches in the months leading up to July 2017, and these are overwhelmingly top-end business machines from a small handful of manufacturers. These are as follows:

  • Dell Latitude 12
  • Dell Latitude 13 7000 Ultrabook
  • Dell XPS 13
  • HP EliteBook Folio
  • HP EliteBook 1040 G3
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T460s
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
  • Lenovo ThinkPad P70

Although this sounds scary, we should put this into perspective. Shipments of Skylake processors only really took off around the time when Microsoft released Windows 10. Only a small number of users are likely to be affected by these changes.

Why We Should Be Rejoicing

Looking at these announcements, we can only come to one conclusion: Microsoft is determined to not repeat the mistakes it made when it came to the discontinuation of Windows XP.

Even the largest Windows XP fan Why Windows XP Won't Be Going Away Anytime Soon Why Windows XP Won't Be Going Away Anytime Soon People cannot let go of Windows XP. In businesses and homes the world over, it will stick around. We spoke with three Windows XP users from different generations and backgrounds to find out why. Read More would agree that its continued prevalence has been a disaster for computer security. It lacked some of the most rudimentary user security protections, like UAC (User Account Control), and it saved passwords with the insecure LN hashing algorithm, making it trivially easy for someone who gains physical access to the computer to gain access to it.

Its flaws run much deeper than that. It just wasn’t all that good. Unlike Windows 10, there’s no integrated support for Microsoft’s cloud services, and no app store. It lacks the battery-saving and performance-enhancing tweaks of newer versions of Windows, and it isn’t optimized for touch-screen devices. In comparison to Windows 10, Windows XP has dated very unfavorably.

WindowsXP

In a few years, I think we’ll look upon Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in a similar way. Microsoft will continue to refine and upgrade Windows 10 (indeed, they’ve said that it’ll be the “last Windows ever” Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More ), increasing its arsenal of security enhancements and user features, and Windows 7 will look utterly archaic.

Rather than allow Windows 7 and 8.1 to continue to be used well past their prime, like Windows XP was, Microsoft is taking some drastic steps to bring about its graceful retirement. Ensuring that Windows 7 is insecure on current-generation hardware, and not supporting it on next-generation hardware will go a long way to meeting that goal.

In short, Microsoft is determined to make a break with their previous operating-systems. They have a vision of how in the future, no computers will be compatible with older versions of Windows. Although this will undoubtedly infuriate some users, it’ll go a long way to improving overall computer security.

Will It Work?

Over to you. If you haven’t upgraded yet, will this convince you to finally do so? Or will you hold on to Windows 7 until the bitter end? I want to hear about it. Drop me a comment below, and let me know your thoughts.  

Photo Credits: USB Type-C (Intel Free Press), CHKDSK (Daniel Oines)

  1. danwat1234
    September 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I'll be using Window 8 (with Start 8 to have the XP start menu and no Metro) forever. Windows 10, no thank you. The horizontal battery meter creeps me out and the control panel being phased out by an 'app' is just disgusting. I can always keep a build of windows 10 and not update it (disable the Windows Update service, work even on Home edition to stop updates), but I'd rather just cloner over my Windows 8 system onto a new Coffee Lake, Ice Lake, whatever I may get laptop from my old laptop and install the drivers to get the hardware working.
    Granted I'll get more power consumption and no updates but it's not a big deal for me. I disabled updates on my Windows 8 install for years and when I run a portable virus scanner, nothing is found. I understand vulnerabilities having been exploited on my machine can be undetectable but I am not worried.
    If I can't install, I'll look up on the web how to hack the .iso to get it working. If it's really impossble by the internet community, I won't upgrade my hardware. But I very much doubt Windows 7/8 will go ballistic over a new x86 architecture, refusing to install, or refusing to boot up after cloning from another machine. RAID to no RAID controller, AHCI/legacy vice versa can cause it but otherwise..

    And Westmere(tick) & Sandy Bridge(tock) were the first Intel CPUs to have a GPU onboard, not any of the Core duo or Core 2 Duo CPUs.

  2. J Shaw
    September 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    This really is an insulting article. It would be less so if it didn't read like the ad copy from their PR department.

    I've already experienced Windows 10's supposed "perfection" when it's forced self-updating BS got it locked in a loop where it decided to upgrade my drivers, which crashed, and then couldn't be rolled back to the previous driver preventing me from continuing work and missing a deadline costing me a $1000 contract job.

    There's a reason why sometimes people don't want to "keep updating" their systems. Because Microsoft releases broken software. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Forcing people at gunpoint to update doesn't solve problems for us when it BREAKS OUR SYSTEMS and STOPS US FROM DOING WORK. There is a reason why sometimes we want to postpone updates until we feel we might be willing to take the risks. Or why sometimes we don't even update something at all fearing what will happen.

    That's before we get into things like privacy violations, and forced EULA's "oh we will just update this software for you - oh we have some new features you dont even want - oh now you cant shut them off - click here to legally accept total responsibility for what you didn't want even if it screws up your marriage, career, investments, or anything else". Microsoft has never been about user choice, user freedom, or even basic respect.

    What other things will be rammed down our throats in the future? Maybe they'll decide everyone should be policed for their online speech so they'll put in a backdoor watching you as you type. Or they'll decide to break your old software (an old Microsoft trick going back to the Windows 3.11 days - always with "plausible deniability" that somehow 100% of the time conveniently benefits their bottom line by breaking all competitors software but never their own with every update) to force you to buy new software even though your old software worked fine for what you had to do with it, or maybe you even NEEDED that old software for some special use which they don't care about like compatibility with some legacy system. Not to worry, here's Microsoft with a sledgehammer, ready to make that square peg fit the round hole whether it wants to or not.

    Were Microsoft less known for d_ckbag behavior this wouldn't be as bad. But they are. So stop trying to sell me on it.

  3. Grandma
    September 1, 2016 at 5:52 am

    I still use Win 7 Prof on my older laptop and bought a new one earlier this year that runs Win 7. I prefer it because it allows me to use Virtual XP which runs my old graphics programs like a charm. I do not want to have to go to the expense of buying all new programs for the bit of graphics I do, or have to learn to use all new programs for the bit of graphics I do. The only other use I have for my computers is email, researching family genealogy and using a genealogy program to document, and some online games and internet search. It rankles me to feel forced to change what I have when it suits me just fine because a company decides something like this.

  4. Sandra
    August 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Is this a joke article? It must be. The line about Windows XP not being that good because it didn't have an app store sealed the deal for me.

  5. Clay
    August 10, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Wow, could this clown be any more of a shill for Windows 10 if he tried? It's practically self-parody at this point.

  6. Thomas
    August 2, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Win7 is the last good desktop OS Microsoft made, and since we've been burdened with these ever worse touch focused, user distrusting piles of poo. This site seems to be a complete shill in order to sell everyone on win10.

    I'd rather use an unpatched win7 to the bitter end than have to use win10.

  7. Stan3433
    July 11, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    This sounds like a horrible idea. Windows 7 will still run on Skylake (and I assume) Kaby Lake processors, but will merely stop getting security upgrades? So people using these systems will be unwittingly put in danger? Will there be warnings sent to them telling them they need to upgrade their software, or will they simply stop receiving updates years before other Win7 users?

    This move is making me a) postpone purchasing new MB/CPU hardware, and b) making me seriously consider Linux or other alternatives. Gaming is really the only thing stopping me from going Linux now, and I think that market is only growing.

  8. zkltffgl
    July 9, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    This has convinced me to install Linux on modern hardware and to run XP in a VM for compatibility. I hope those capitalist Mi€ro$oft arseholes suffocate in their bloody Windows 10!

  9. mark
    July 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Are we allowed to say "horseshit" on here? Because it's horseshit. All versions of Linux continue to work on all of these CPUs and this limitation is completely *completely* artificial.

    • Joe
      July 9, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Agreed!

    • Massamo
      August 4, 2016 at 1:26 am

      not true linux don't work on my new pc

    • Bob
      August 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      No offense. But I'm sure it is you; not the cpu.

  10. Jimmy
    June 8, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I use to have one windows 7 computer now all computers in the house use 10 or XP. XP is offline of course for retro gaming that nigher 7 or 10 will run. 7 is good for a lot of people I never liked it.

  11. user
    June 1, 2016 at 4:57 am

    As time goes on and new hardware advancements are brought to the PCs, the OS has to change internally in order to keep up. This means that the future Windows OSs will be internally/architecturally different than the current Windows 10 design. So even if the Windows 10 name will persist, I don't see how the Windows OS architecture will remain the same in order to support all the PCs starting from now and going into the future. The point is that Windows will change as it has until now (starting form early versions like win 3.1, 95, ... to win 8.1 and win 10) to support newer and newer hardware.
    I don't see how the name (Windows 10) will stay the same because it will cause confusion between future hardware that will be outdated as newer future hardware enters the market, with different specs and capabilities.

    And a lot of users hate Windows 10 and don't upgrade (even from the nice Win7) because they value their privacy and they know that with Windows 10 MS tries to make money by getting and using (and maybe selling to other companies) your private data (information about you do on your PC/phone or information about your person ).
    Plus, the forced updates are a bad idea considering past MS recent updates that caused problems for users.

    • Bob
      August 14, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      All the "spying" updates that you refer to in windows 10 has been in Windows 7 and 8. They have been there since couple months after windows 10 was release. 7 and 8 does not make you any safer/private than 10.

  12. kirk
    May 31, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    actually just how often are there security updates for processors, or even hardware in general. the occasional driver update sure. not that i can recall ever having to update a driver for a CPU. seem pretty much all the security updates have to do with software. and since its usually the hardware manufactures responsibility to provide drivers for chip-sets, audio, video and ect. they may have to send them to MS for verification and to be added to the windows update list. but to my knowledge MS does not develop drivers for amd or nivida as an example. this whole thing smells of BS from MS.

  13. johndoe
    May 17, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    As much as I like this site I am starting like this site, It seems that this site has an obvious strong bias towards windows 10 and disowning one of the best OS's windows ever made. . . aka windows7. I do tech support and doing support on windows 8 or 10 is absolutely atrocious and not worth it. I am not the only one that feels this way and there are plenty of us real nerds that like real operating systems, not these dumbed downed tablets based OS's . . . . If I didn't know any better I would guess makeuseof.com are getting paid to write raving reviews about windows lates crappy os. . . aka windows 10. . . . NOTE: I did even mention all the privacy issues.

    • Matthew Hughes
      May 17, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Windows 7 was certainly a good operating system in 2010. The thing is, it's not 2010 any more, and Windows 7 is starting to look and feel dated indeed.

      Also, you do realize everything I wrote was factual, right? No bias. Just, y'know... Reality.

    • kirk
      May 31, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      "feel dated" what does that even mean. Windows 7 works great, and there are no new features in windows 10 that i care to have. I can currently do every thing i want. so what if its 6 years old. I drove the same truck for 19 years, wasn't about to replace it just because it had a few miles on it. Maybe for some people they have money to burn, but not I, when i purchase something I expect it to last as long as possible. my couch is going on 13 years old too, should i replace it just to improve the profit margin of the manufacture. and I don't care that its free. quite frankly that makes me trust them even less. as they say: if you are getting it for free you are not the customer, you are whats being sold.

    • Bob
      August 14, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Lol,You can not compare a Truck to an OS. Seriously bad analogy there, lol. Yes it does have an outdated feel. I do really like W7 also. Though I only run *Unix now because of all this W10 bs. BTW no one is putting a gun to your head and saying install W10; If you want 7 keep it. You just can never buy a new CPU; that is YOUR choice. Just like your choice to keep your couch that long. (which I see nothing wrong with).

  14. harry haines
    May 8, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Why not let the market place and the end users dictate what OS they want to use? What ever happened to that idea? Instead we are force fed and controlled by an oligopoly.

  15. newuser1980
    April 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    no one can force me to use windows 10, i hate the interface, i dont need app store since i never play games, and i dont need touch screen, in productive environment? nothing close up to keyboard and mouse, touch screen are for entertainment, angry birds

    the reason why we use pc, is that we hate forced update, this only happen with a mac

  16. Bovski
    April 25, 2016 at 2:47 am

    I don't want integrated support for Microsoft’s cloud services. so m$ can see all My Data
    I don't want app store. So M$ can make a profit on the software I buy.
    LOL optimized for touch-screen devices have you tried working on a touchscreen device all day.

    I certainly don't want the windows 10 key-logger Trojan.

    Do you work for M$ this seems like the crap they spout whenever you visit them with their indoctrination. I guess they got you.this isn't tech journalism it's Microsoft Propaganda.

  17. Steve Auckland
    March 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    The move towards "Windows 10 only" for new CPU's forced me to:

    1) Immidiately stop updating my present PC to Windows 10
    2) Wont buy/build a new PC until support for Windows 7 ends (2020).

    I can understand, from a business point of view, why MS is pushing W10 so hard.
    One thing is the connectivity. MS will be able to control which mobile phone can interact with W10 (sms for instance). Others may have to pay (Androids etc) for this. And, which make me horrified, MS will have full insight in all users privacy! Wethjer you ar using a phone, pc, tablet or ... It's horrifying for three reasons:

    1) Sooner or later hackers will know how to get access...
    2) Goverments already know how to
    3) There are individuals who have protected ID's (by law)... MS and the likes doesn't seem to give them (or anyone else) opt out to avoid intrusion in privacy!

  18. Bogdan
    February 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Well, the privacy is certainly a concern with Windows10 compared to other Windows versions. On top of that because of the licensing, you cannot move a license from one machine to another in case the motherboard dies, or you decide to scrap the hardware. Windows10 in it's own way is good as long as you do not know/want/need anything else. But on the other hand when you look over the fence, there's Linux that fully respects your privacy and they do not force you to do anything. You sure have to upgrade every 6 months depending on the distribution, but you don't do it because it's broken. You get an upgraded OS every time and it feels like a new car. Every single time. And you look forward to the next upgrade. It's like buying a new PC. And it is PERSONAL. So...Windows10? Think again. Windows!? Not a chance for me!

  19. A41202813GMAIL ..
    January 21, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Another Click Bait Title - Hard To Find An Article With An Honest Title About This Issue.

    A - Choose Motherboards ( MB ) With Many PCIEXPRESS16 Slots And You Will Have Lots Of Used Cards With The Drivers You Need, Even If The ( MB ) Manufacturers Do Not Provide Them Anymore,

    B - Configure Your AV To Block And Warn You When Programs Are About To Be Run From The Temp Or Download Folders.

    Who Needs POS M$ **Updates** ? - I Have Not Used A Newer One Since The SUMMER Of 2009.

    XPOCALYPSE FOREVER !

  20. tom warner
    January 21, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I have just purchased a skylake CPU for a new pc build and i will be installing Win 7 and for as

    long as Microsoft are going to covertly collect data and share that with unknown 3rd parties ,

    invading my right of privacy whilst I'm using the computer ,I will not upgrade to windows 10

    They seem to have forgotten that PC stands for PERSONAL computer, and not Microsoft's

    I have always had full control over the O/S and what it does or doesn't do, like if or not it

    automatically downloads and or installs updates or not , there is also lots of things with Win 10
    and even 8.1 GUI wise that i wouldn't wish to use and can't be un-installed ,I seriously hope

    that windows 7 & 8.1 users tell Microsoft were to go with this , As for patches and security

    updates go, I'm still running XPSP3 on my old box,Party because it's old ,and i have several

    older games that use EAX 2.0, Win 7 doesn't support Direct sound 3d hardware

    acceleration they omitted it in their wisdom (idiots) Microsoft I will do as i wish ,i will not be

    intimidated by your corporate nonsense , remove your corporate spy-ware from win 10 and

    I may just consider it but the end user is the one who keeps you in business they therefore

    should have choice, not only in which o/s the use, but have the choice to remove the bloat

    from your newer 8.1 and 10 o/s not only be able to disable some of it,

  21. fcd76218
    January 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    This nothing more than a Microsoft attempt to force people to use Win 10. The insecure Windows code will still be insecure, no matter what chip it runs on. Looks like desperation move on the part of M$. Since they cannot compete with other O/Ss on the basis of quality and security, they will make sure that only their O/S runs on the latest chips. Reminds me of the days of "Windows isn't done until DR-DOS won't run."

    • Matthew Hughes
      January 21, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Well, yeah. But I don't think that's a bad thing. Windows 10 is actually really, really good. It's replaced OS X El Capitan as my day-to-day OS.

    • fcd76218
      January 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      "But I don’t think that’s a bad thing."
      If you don't mind being locked into a walled garden.

    • Michael Weldon
      February 7, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Ho-hum. Matt, it sure sounds like M$ have ya brainwashed already. I gave Windoze the push nearly 2 years ago. Best move I ever made. Linux lets you keep on using those older CPUs.....and they're fully supported, too. And as soon as the Linux community sorts out the UEFI 'binary blob' thing, M$ will have lost the one advantage they once had.

  22. Bob
    January 19, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    @Sonic Jensen : Actually games might not work on it same as when it went from 8 to 8.1 and broke a lot of compatibility. I imagine it will hold the same when say upgrading from 10 to 10.1 and beyond as they say they are going to do. 10 is a huge pile of steaming crap also.

  23. Freeman
    January 19, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    It Is Time for multiple billion dollar federal class action law suits against Microsofts Monpoly, and antitrust law suits for there interference in the free markets. Its time for Microsoft to be broken of its hold on the american people. And privacy and freedom returned to the people.

    • Matthew Hughes
      January 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      It's not a monopoly by any stretch of the imagination. Dominant, sure. Monopoly? No.

      And it's only dominant on the desktop. Microsoft are still playing catchup when it comes to mobile and tablet.

  24. conjurer
    January 19, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I despise Win 10 with it's app store and cloud integration. How can this be considered progress of technology, taking the last bit of our privacy away? I'll definitely hang on to Win 7 as long as I can despite the improved security mechanisms and faster overall performance of Win 10. I just have more freedom of choice with 7, and that's what it's all about.

    • Matthew Hughes
      January 21, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      You're not forced to use the app store or the cloud integration. You don't need a Microsoft account to use Windows 10. It's just nice to have, y'know?

    • Bovski
      April 25, 2016 at 2:53 am

      But the spyware that isn't optional you can't even use the host file to get around it they have hard coded the IP's into Windows 10.

      Welcome to Windows 10 sponsored your friends at the NSA.

  25. markdbailey01
    January 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    What about those of us that use alternative OS's? Will there be versions of the cpu's that will work with those?

    • Matthew Hughes
      January 21, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      I'm sure alternative OS's will be fine.

    • fcd76218
      January 21, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      "Will there be versions of the cpu’s that will work with those?"
      Not if Microsoft has anything to say about it. :-)

  26. Howard Blair
    January 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    All this means is that Microsoft won't supply device drivers for newer CPUs, leaving Intel/AMD to do the job. As long as the system boots up to install the driver pack, Windows will still work fine.

    • Matthew Hughes
      January 21, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Right. And it will be a barely-functional, insecure mess. Every hole, every 0day will remain unpatched. Hardly what I call "working fine".

    • Howard Blair
      January 24, 2016 at 5:05 am

      Um, I've never relied on Microsoft's device drivers - I've always downloaded them from the computer manufacturer's (Dell, HP) or hardware manufacturer's (AMD, Intel, nVidia)'s website, in order to have the latest versions.
      The only time I *had* to rely on a Microsoft driver was an ancient ATI Radeon 700 (not "HD 7000," an old-school Radeon 7000, from before AMD bought ATI) that had "marching ants" around text if I used the ATI drivers. No explanation why Windows XP's driver worked and ATI's didn't.
      You do know that Intel and AMD usually provide the drivers that are in Windows Update and/or on the Windows DVD, right? They're just "Microsoft Certified," nothing special about them. If Intel and AMD want Windows 7/8/8.1 to have the device drivers, they'll still produce them, and they'll rarely be different than the ones produced for Windows 10. I've seen dozens of printers, scanners, etc. that support the latest OS as well as two or three generations back, and they work just fine.
      This is just Microsoft spreading FUD about older OS's to get more people to switch faster. Nothing new, nothing to see here, just move along...

    • Michael Weldon
      February 8, 2016 at 12:29 am

      Got to agree with Howard, here. It IS Microsoft spreading FUD again; a tactic at which they are past masters. And unfortunately, those who will fall for it are the great majority of Joe Public, who, unlike the readers & followers of this site, are not, by and large, 'savvy' enough to see where M$ are heading with this.

      Same old, same old. It gets tired, REAL fast.....

    • johndoe
      May 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Matthew Hughes, I just wrote a comment on here commenting on how this article seems to be written by some one who paid off from MS and then I saw comments and thought, Man this guy must be paid off also, and then I realized OHHH your are the guy that wrote the article. . . Im not sure if you realize, but if you read thru all the comments. . . . almost every single person who has wrote a comment has mentioned in one way or another that windows 10 SUCKS, I wonder who is right , the 99 percent of the commenters, or the 1 percent of your comments who thinks its great.. just a thought. . . please do not degrade your wonderful site with such bias articles/comments . . . . SIDE NOTE
      CAN you state your source for this statement :

      ""Right. And it will be a barely-functional, insecure mess. Every hole, every 0day will remain unpatched. Hardly what I call “working fine”.""

      From own technical research, Howard Blair is correct

  27. Shawn Wayne
    January 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I've been running the same first gen Intel core 2 quad for many years in my desktop that I built a while back. It runs Windows 7 perfectly fine. I might upgrade to 10 at some point in the next few months just because I can and it's probably a good idea to do it sooner than later.

    My real question is would I be able to upgrade hardware in my desktop in the future and still use my existing Windows 7 license key to install Windows 10 when the time comes, if I want to upgrade to a larger SSD, or a new motherboard and CPU? I'd like to use the license that I already paid for instead of having to pay for a new license. I've always done this in the past. Just reinstall on a new drive. Microsoft hasn't really said anything about this to the best of my knowledge.

    • Matthew Hughes
      January 21, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      I think if you're reinstalling Windows, you should be fine, but don't quote me on that. I'm not much of a PC builder. I prefer them to come ready-made from Amazon or Best Buy.

  28. Sonic Jensen
    January 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    If windows 10 is the last version we get. Then im kinda glad, all the games than will be made, all run fine on windows 10. And since we dont need windows 11 or whatever. all the windows 10 games will run fine 10 years from now .

    • Matthew Hughes
      January 21, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Maybe. I think Windows 10 will be the last Windows, but it certainly won't be the last OS Microsoft ever release. I can see them starting again from scratch in years to come, just like Apple did around 2000.

    • Bovski
      April 25, 2016 at 2:58 am

      When did M$ start from scratch again ? NT 3.5 ?

      I have Exploits I found on NT4 that work on Windows 10.

  29. pierre
    January 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    it's just going to make people even more Grumpy about upgrading to Ten

    • Matthew Hughes
      January 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Probably. And a few months down the line, everyone will forget about it and nobody will care.

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