Old Intel PCs no longer receive Windows 7 updates

Costea Lestoc By: Costea Lestoc
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Users have been already preparing to wave goodbye to Windows 7 support, but they were expecting this to happen in 2020. It seems that Windows cannot wait that long and really wants to see Windows 7 dropping dead as soon as possible in order to crown Windows 10 as king.

Windows 7 support no longer available for some PCs

Computer World reported that some of the older PCs that have been using Windows 7 might not be able anymore to install updates and security fixes. Microsoft might have changed their plans quietly, and this may take some users by surprise. It looks like systems that are not supporting SSE2 and are running Windows 7 have already been blocked from receiving new updates. CW reports that all Pentium III PCs are affected.

The March Windows 7 Monthly Rollup was listed as KB4088875, and it brought users a surprise: an issue that impacted devices which weren’t supporting Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2 (SSE2).

Microsoft promised a fix but never delivered it

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Microsoft promised a fix every month since that happened, but of course, it was never delivered. The June 2018 Monthly Rollup brings a new policy that requires users to “upgrade your machines with a processor that supports SSE2 or virtualize those machines.”

It’s pretty clear by now that the tech giant ditched the fix idea altogether and it basically asks users to upgrade their systems to newer hardware or else.

You may be wondering why Microsoft decided to do things this way, and one answer could involve the horrible Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that affect Intel chips. On the other hand, it’s also true that this maneuver also seems Microsoft’s push to force users to upgrade to Windows 10. Pick your most comfortable answer and upgrade your system.

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