Upcoming Intel And AMD CPUs Will ONLY Support Windows 10 — Here How Things Will Work

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Short Bytes: In a step that will heavily impact the decisions of enterprises, Microsoft has announced that future silicon chips from Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm will only support Windows 10. For the existing Intel Skylake users running Windows 7 and 8, Redmond has released a list of PCs that will continue to get important security fixes only for next 18 months. Microsoft has blamed the inability of Windows 7 to adapt itself to the new silicon architectures.

In the latest change to its update policy, Microsoft has announced that older versions of Windows like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will lose support on the Intel 6th generation Core processors, also known as Intel Skylake. So, if you have just bought a new PC, you should consider upgrading to Windows 10 within the next 18 months.

According to a new announcement from Redmond, after July 2017 — in very severe circumstances — only the “most critical” security updates will be released. Effective today, this new policy states reminds the users that “compared to Windows 7 PC’s, Skylake when combined with Windows 10, enables up to 30x better graphics and 3x the battery life.” Well, the story doesn’t end here. Going one step ahead, the future generation processors will only support Windows 10.

As the new generations of silicon from Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm are introduced, they will support the latest Windows at that time. Microsoft clearly states:

Windows 10 will be the ONLY supported Windows on upcoming silicons like Intel’s “Kaby Lake”, Qualcomm’s “8996”, and AMD’s “Bristol Ridge”.

This policy is further being seen in Microsoft’s decision to publish a ‘list of specific new Skylake devices’ that will continue to support Windows 7 and 8.1 for the next 18 months. These devices are —

  • Dell Latitude 12
  • Dell Latitude 13 7000 Ultrabook
  • Dell XPS 13
  • HP EliteBook Folio
  • HP EliteBook 1040 G3
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T460s
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
  • Lenovo ThinkPad P70

More devices will be added to this list in near future, Microsoft says. Partnering with OEMs, Microsoft will perform special tests on the devices to ‘future proof’ your investment. This list will be helpful for the users who want to buy new hardware based on Skylake processors for running the older version of Windows.

Reason why Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows OS on upcoming silicons —

To justify this step, Microsoft throws some opaque lines at you and fails to tell the exact hardware changes that motivated this step. The company says that for running Windows 7 on any modern processor, the firmware and drivers need to be fully compatible.

Redmond lists the issues like “interruption in processing, bus support, and power states—which is challenging for WiFi [sic], graphics, security, and more.”

If we talk about Skylake, it comes with certain autonomous power management that allows the silicon to respond quickly depending upon the changing demands of the OS. If we choose to believe Microsoft’s play of words, Windows 7 was a simple operating system that wasn’t designed for the upcoming technologies. For a minute, if we keep aside Microsoft’s ambitious plans to install Windows 10 on 1 billion devices, some things do make sense.

Microsoft presents a complex situation for enterprises

Intel Kaby Lake silicon is expected to arrive before 2017 and AMD’s Bristol Bridge should make an appearance in 2016 itself. So, if enterprises are going to buy new systems in bulk, they’ll have to either buy systems from Microsoft’s ‘recommended list’ that will come with older processors, or they’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 (Microsoft will love this one), or they’ll have to use the next-generation silicon chips with an unsupported system.

This step from Microsoft is welcomed by company’s three biggest partners — Dell, Lenovo, and HP. It seems that the philosophy of “new hardware needs new software” will win and the enterprises will have to pay a bigger price for improvements on battery life and security.

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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]

0 thoughts on “Upcoming Intel And AMD CPUs Will ONLY Support Windows 10 — Here How Things Will Work”

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    This article is total BS, a CPU doesn’t support the OS, the OS supports the CPU. Intel & AMD cannot and did not say that you will only be able to run Windows 10 on their new CPUs. Who ever wrote this is an idiot and doesn’t know shit about computers and their hardware.

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    Another dimwit that uses clickbait headine technique. The problem is with Microsoft, their greed and sloth, not with the CPU manufacturers, Either the author is a near-total idiot, or had gotten a check from Microsoft for his services.

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    Out new model of escalator will only support floors with windows 10 walls theme.
    On other floor will get stuck, so please do not try to use other themes.

    Fo all other we offer virtual VMware, elevator from future that will take you where ever you want to go to.

    Have a nice ride ….. and a beautiful day.

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    David Chipman no way will they not support Linux. Most mature businesses and certainly most development shops use Linux with more frequency than Windows. If AMD and Intel want to hitch their horses to Microsoft, that market will belong to someone else.

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    Arnav Jadhav "Windows 10 will be the ONLY supported Windows on upcoming silicons like Intel’s “Kaby Lake”, Qualcomm’s “8996”, and AMD’s *…"… This is the word from Microsoft… Not from processor companies…. That's just play of words from MSC..
    Microsoft just want you to install windows 10 on you machines… & for that, they will use all their dirty plays…

    "no available processors for Linux"? No… Linux will not be affected by this…
    I think companies like Intel or AMD hasn't quoted about this…
    Microsoft's idea would be an epic fail…

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    This article is total BS, a CPU doesn't support the OS, the OS supports the CPU. Intel & AMD cannot and did not say that you will only be able to run Windows 10 on their new CPUs. Who ever wrote this is an idiot and doesn't know shit about computers and their hardware.

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    If anything, Window's kernel will not be bloated with support for ancient/legacy tech. There's no point in insisting on decades-old hardware, if you want the latest software you need the latest (well, not just the VERY latest) hardware to properly run it, and kind-of-viceversa. Anyway, that's not even the point of the article.

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    But u can make somethink in windows 10 boot that will send special command and if cpu dont get it first it will not continue processing.
    Or on boot lvl when mobo will check partition or efi key.
    There is so many ways

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    Remon, whoever wrote this article doesn't know anything about computer Operating systems or computer hardware lol. The CPU doesn't support the OS the OS supports the CPU/hardware

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    Joseph Philip Intel has supported Microsoft's idea. “We share Microsoft’s commitment to delivering quality experiences on Windows, while ushering in a new era of innovation with our 6th generation Intel Core processors,” said Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President, General Manager PC Client Group at Intel. “These new processors set a new standard for PC performance – blazing fast and feature packed with built-in security. Combined with new features from Windows 10 like Windows Hello and Cortana, people can have unmatched productivity while they work and play on the go. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Microsoft and share their strong commitment to our joint customers.”

    Read more here: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/01/15/windows-10-embracing-silicon-innovation/

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    Remon Salazar Intel has supported Microsoft's idea. “We share Microsoft’s commitment to delivering quality experiences on Windows, while ushering in a new era of innovation with our 6th generation Intel Core processors,” said Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President, General Manager PC Client Group at Intel. “These new processors set a new standard for PC performance – blazing fast and feature packed with built-in security. Combined with new features from Windows 10 like Windows Hello and Cortana, people can have unmatched productivity while they work and play on the go. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Microsoft and share their strong commitment to our joint customers.”

    Read more here: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/01/15/windows-10-embracing-silicon-innovation/

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    Adarsh Verma Thanks. :)
    6th Gen processors are optimized for Win-10… : Very sad that they have joined hands… :(
    But it says that Win 7 & Win 8.1 & all wil actually run on those processors… But will not ever achive it's performance compared to OS Win 10…
    BTW, have they ever said any word for Linux users?

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    Adarsh Verma This statement has nothing to do with what software a CPU will support as CPUs are not made to support software, it's quite the opposite software is made to support the CPU.

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    Christian Kimmel Spot on. The title of the article is backwards. Microsoft is saying if you want to use new versions of processors and use windows you are going to have to use Windows 10 not Windows 7. Simple as that. The title of the article reads the opposite. Intel is not making it so that only windows is supported for their processors. Way too many servers run a version of Linux and intel knows that is where the real money is, the same goes for AMD.

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    Another dimwit that uses clickbait headine technique. The problem is with Microsoft, their greed and sloth, not with the CPU manufacturers, Either the author is a near-total idiot, or had gotten a check from Microsoft for his services.

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    Out new model of escalator will only support floors with windows 10 walls theme.
    On other floor will get stuck, so please do not try to use other themes.

    Fo all other we offer virtual VMware, elevator from future that will take you where ever you want to go to.

    Have a nice ride ….. and a beautiful day.

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