Microsoft will not support upcoming CPUs on Windows 7 or 8.1

Microsoft will not support upcoming CPUs on Windows 7 or 8.1

Microsoft will not support upcoming CPUs on Windows 7 or 8.1

Microsoft will not support upcoming CPUs on Windows 7 or 8.1


Microsoft will not support upcoming CPUs on any platform other than Windows 10, which includes Intel's Kaby lake, Qualcomm's 820 and AMD's Bristol Ridge CPUs.

Microsoft hopes that this will be the final nail in Windows 7's coffin, no longer delivering any security or bug fixes coming to their older OS' when using new CPUs, making the OS insecure and unreliable on these new platforms.

Windows 7 will be receiving security updates until January 14th 2020 and Windows 8.1 will receive long term support until 2023, but now we know that this support will only be done with older hardware in mind.


      Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon. For example, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming “Kaby Lake” silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming “8996” silicon, and AMD’s upcoming “Bristol Ridge” silicon.

  Microsoft will not support upcoming CPUs on Windows 7 or 8.1


This means that if you want to use a new CPU, you will need to use an new OS, which is certainly a spanner in the works for companies who wish to use modern hardware but are still running on an OS. 

This does not mean that Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 are end of life now, but it effectively means that for those who plan on upgrading their CPU in the future. Microsoft says that they are doing this so that they can really focus on Windows 10's support for newer hardware, but in reality they are simply dropping a lot of support for their older operating systems.


You can join the discussion on Windows 10 being the only Windows platform that support upcoming/future CPUs on the OC3D Forums


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Most Recent Comments

16-01-2016, 14:48:20

Wow, it got real...

Can't say I blame them really. Adding CPU support means work on the main kernel and that's aggro.Quote

16-01-2016, 14:54:04

TBH the process of installing Windows 7 on Skylake systems for review is a annoying and stupid process a lot of the time.Quote

16-01-2016, 14:58:22

For as much as people will inevitably slate MS for this decision, I for one can see where this can in fact help the tech and gaming worlds. Yes it is another way for MS to force Win 10 on everyone, but at the same time is finally creating a level and equal base when it come to OS support for future games and software. One of many reasons that software will not work across multiple PC's is due to poor support for older/newer OS versions.Quote

16-01-2016, 15:59:09

I actually support this, Means software/hardware optimization should be better going forward Quote

16-01-2016, 16:20:12

am i the only one that really hates this decision? Imo its no more than pushing people to windows 10 even harder than they ever did before. They tried with w8 but now they're just taking it to a next level.

Kinda ed thoughQuote

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