Versions of Windows are supposed to have a support life cycle of 10 years. That means Windows 7 should have security and bug support until 2020 and Windows 8.1 until 2023. But, Microsoft has yanked support for 7 and 8.1 on some new hardware.
Microsoft announced the change last year, but it didn’t get a whole lot of press. The latest 7th generation of processors will only support Windows 10.
This includes AMD’s Bristol Bridge and Intel’s Kaby Lake processors, which have been on sale since last year. Starting this month, users who tried to complete a security update were notified that their PC processor would not receive any new updates. That means the super-fast new PCs are not safe to use online.
It’s all seen as part of a push to move all Windows users onto Windows 10. Click here for Microsoft’s full explanation of the policy.