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Microsoft Policy for Windows 7 & 8 Support on new Hardware

By Lyle McIntosh posted 05-11-2016 10:27


If you are looking at a hardware refresh in the near future, now may be time to also look at upgrading to Windows 10.  With the introduction of the Skylake processor by Intel, they designed it with Windows 10 in mind.  In keeping with this integration between Skylake and Windows 10, Microsoft is limiting support for older operating systems on the new hardware.  Here is a link to a Microsoft blog post explaining their decision.

The following link is to a list of systems that currently use the Skylake processor.

For older processor based systems the original full support life cycles still apply.  These life cycles can be found on the Microsoft support site at the following links.

Windows 7:

Windows 8/8.1:

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