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Microsoft begins blocking updates for older Windows

It’s the end of the line for Windows 7 on the latest PC designs. Anyone running on an older versions received a message that they no longer have supported hardware when the security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 came out.

Will Windows 10 be released for free?This issue occurs with the newer hardware equipped with the 7th-generation Intel processors. When Microsoft initially announced the restrictions, they were even intended to affect PCs with 6th generation Intel processors, which are called Skylake.

Skylake-based systems on the supported list receive updates. On the other hand, those that are not on the list will loose access to the updates for older Windows versions.

The bottom line is that devices built pre-2015 will be unaffected and although it is possible to manually download and install updates from older Windows versions, the best solution is suggested by Microsoft is simply to upgrade to Windows 10. Even the PC owners who have Skylake should be able to take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10.

Sources: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-begins-blocking-updates-for-older-windows-versions-on-newer-hardware/

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