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Microsoft Forces Owners of Recent CPU Architectures to Use Windows 10

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Windows Vista doesn't get a lot of love.

With previous operating systems, Microsoft has been willing to extend support if you're big enough and have the cash.

The support article discusses the error messages a user may receive when trying to run one of these new CPUs on anything but Windows 10, including the following: "Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates". Windows 8.1 won't hit its end of life until next year, Vole is switching off its support early for new chips.

Windows Vista was released to the world way back in January 2007.

Systems with older hardware should still be receiving updates.

Anyone running an older version of Windows on new hardware received a rude shock this week when the latest Patch Tuesday updates rolled around.

Critics were particularly unhappy with the high system requirements of the new OS, along with the inclusion of new DRM technologies to restrict copying of protected material.

The question now becomes how many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are affected.

Using Windows 7 on these latest systems is already awkward in many situations; the operating system has no built-in support for USB 3 or NVMe.

Build 15060 also addressed a problem in which Microsoft Edge would fail to launch for several minutes after Windows 10 crashed.

We've asked Microsoft for comment, but received no response as yet.

Unless Microsoft sees the outrage which has erupted in some corners of the internet over this, accusing them of engaging in another underhand way to push Windows 10 upgrades - and the company thinks better of it.

The Windows 10 Creators Update is almost here. And there is no guarantee the convoluted upgrade to Windows 10 would work properly, as the dreaded driver issue could rear its ugly head.

KB4012982 describes the error you will see if you attempt to update Windows 7 or 8.x on 7th generation Intel processors, AMD Bristol Ridge and newer or Qualcomm "8996" and more recent models.

Internet Explorer 9 will no longer be supported by the operating system; therefore all users of this may expose their PCs to additional threats.

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