One of Microsoft’s ways to force people into upgrading to Windows 10 is to prevent older Windows operating systems from supporting the new hardware. We already told you about that before, and we also told you that Windows 7/Windows 8.1 will only support 6th generation of Intel’s Skylake processors until 17th July, 2017.
And that report turned out to be true, as OEMs (in partnership with Microsoft) announced the list of devices powered by Skylake processors that will support Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. But as we said, only until July 2017.
A lot of Skylake-powered devices still support Windows 7/8.1
Microsoft announced via its official website that a few major OEMs revealed their own lists of Skylake-supported Windows 7 and 8.1 devices.
Following manufacturers announced that their Skylake devices will still support older versions of Windows:
As OEMs will probably change their lists, you should check Microsoft’s page for all updates.
Microsoft also released an announcement via Skylake support page:
“The following is a list of computer manufacturers (OEMs) who have identified over 100 models of systems with Intel’s 6th generation of processors, also known as Skylake, that will be supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Support will be provided until July 17, 2017 and its recommended that these systems be upgraded to Windows 10 as soon as possible. For more information regarding Microsoft’s support lifecycle for Windows, please see the Support Lifecycle FAQ.
For each of the supported systems listed on the OEM pages, the OEM has committed to additional testing, regular validation of Windows Updates, and publishing drivers and firmware for Windows 10 on Windows Update which will help unlock the security and power management benefits of Windows 10 once the systems are upgraded.”
Of course, if you choose not to upgrade your system to Windows 10 after July 2017, there will be no requirement for that, but your computer won’t be ‘supported by Microsoft’ anymore. Microsoft clearly says that you’ll still be able to use Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on Skylake systems after the date, but it is “recommended that these systems be upgraded to Windows 10 as soon as possible.”