Microsoft extending Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 support on Intel 6th Gen computers

If you have an Intel Skylake device running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, you’ll be glad to know that Microsoft aims to extend support of those operating systems, but only if they are being used on a system with an Intel Skylake processor installed. Earlier this year, Microsoft made it clear that support for both operating systems on a Skylake machine will run up until July 17, 2017.


Microsoft decided at another date to change its tune by announcing plans to extend the date for another year. However, the company is yet again changing its policy, and we have to wonder, will another change happen in the future to come, or is this the final one.

Here’s what the company had to say about its new policy change:

This change is designed to help our customers purchase modern hardware with confidence, while continuing to manage their migrations to Windows 10. There are now over 350 million devices on Windows 10 and more than 135 billion hours of use since the launch, with enterprise customers deploying Windows 10 to devices every day. We recommend that customers upgrade these 6th Gen Intel Core systems on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as soon as possible so that they can receive full support along with the great enhancements that come from running modern hardware with modern software.

Windows 10 users are not supported here, but Microsoft will definitely do the same for Windows 10 users with machines powered by Intel’s 7th generation processor, Kaby Lake, or AMD’s 7th generation alternative known as Bristol Ridge.

Microsoft says these changes are made possible due to the partnership between the company and OEMs such as Intel and many others.

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  1. Beercules

    LOL, If you spend 3k on a new PC, we’ll keep support Windows 7. Or, I can stay with the PC I have and get 99% of the performance as NOTHING has changed in the last 3 years in processor performance that justifies an upgrade.
    Also if Windows 8 and 10 are so great why are you support windows 7 still?
    Microsoft is a dead software company, and intel doesn’t have a clue what the consumer want, loosing millions investing into desktop CPU when no one is buying them 🙂
    Mac, Linux and others will dominate in the coming years because Intel and Microsoft are clueless.

  2. Outtanames999

    MS needs to make Win 10 support the Intel skylake chips and motherboards. Win 10 won’t even install on them.

  3. Alberto Gorin

    windows 7 was a very good system easy and simple
    design by Steven Sinofsky.who made windows 8 but windows 8 was is very good but was steve Ballmer that told you don t get a start menu and included i did t know how to use it with out that start menu,many start to develop a start menu.complaining about a system that was difficult to use.
    than came windows 10 use it on mi core 2 desktop
    and what Microsoft want you to do and me is forget about the past windows 7 start to get old
    windows 8 did t get that great reception windows 10 is the modern windows 7 or 8 with a start menu.but the way Microsoft promoting it was a terrible.forcing pushing .if you had windows 7 and windows 8(8.1) in the taskbar get a notification to upgrade to windows 10.some or many did
    but there system did t function .Microsoft went this fair upgrade with out user knowledge
    and went back to windows 7 and windows 8 systems
    now Microsoft notice that and they let 7 and 8 (8.1) live longer

    i also have zorin OS on a old acer laptop i bought swap the SSD in and it goes fast
    Linux is quiet and designing distros. and they do well.
    from bruce naylor heard with new ceo there is no innovation can t judge like to ever own a apple

    chips there is intel and amd
    intel is from Israel and amd has a plant there
    than go back to Microsoft they building a third research center so perhaps be some more inspiration
    one thing i know this area we are looking do a remake of history notice new star trek movie beyond and the new camaro

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