Windows 7 is supported until 2020, and Windows 8.1 will get updates until 2023, right? Not if you're trying to run those older Windows versions on new hardware, as some frustrated customers discovered this week.
Anyone running an older version of Windows on new hardware received a rude shock this week when the latest Patch Tuesday updates rolled around.
Instead of receiving the latest security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, those customers saw an error message instead.
Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates.
Those greedy folk at Microsoft were originally going to stop extended updates on the Skylake platform which at the time of the original announcement had only just gone on sale.
Skylake-based systems on the supported list will receive updates through the official end of Microsoft's extended support phase for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (Jan. 14, 2020, and Jan. 10, 2023, respectively). Systems that aren't on the supported list will lose access to updates for older Windows versions as of July 17, 2018.
Edited by Corrine, 19 March 2017 - 06:11 PM.