New PCs won’t support Windows 7 or 8.1

New PCs won’t support Windows 7 or 8.1

At the beginning of this year, Microsoft made a change to its support policy and Windows 10announced that new PCs with next-generation Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors will need to use Windows 10.

Previously, Microsoft allowed users to downgrade new PCs to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. But going forward,

Microsoft will no longer be working on ways to make new PCs work with previous versions of Windows. This means that new PCs running old operating systems, will lack the latest updates and may not even work properly.

This change will only affect new PCs. For those who have older PCs contemporary to Windows 7 and 8.1, fear not, these two operating systems will continue to get updates through to January 2020 and January 2023, respectively.

Intel’s sixth generation processors, known as Skylake, have been specifically named as the first that won’t support either of the older versions of Windows. The Skylake range includes the incredibly popular i3, i5 and i7 processors.

Microsoft have announced they will offer an 18 month grace period, including support through to July 2017, for enterprise customers, as the transition to Windows 10 for these size corporations can be quite an upheaval.

How Seatan can help?

The transition to Windows 10 needs careful planning, Opus can manage the entire migration project for you, end-to-end, to ensure a seamless and risk-free transition. We also provide user training, to help familiarise you with the changes and maximise the functionality of Windows 10.

The deadline has now passed for the free upgrade to Windows 10, but your Windows 7 and 8.1 license keys may still be valid for a Windows 10 upgrade, contact us to find out more.

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