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Next-Generation Processors Block Older Windows

Posted by Admin | April 27, 2017 | IT Security

The benefits of the latest generation of PCs will now only be available to those who run Windows 10

A recent change of heart by Microsoft may mark the start of a new drive to force users to upgrade Windows if they upgrade to modern PC hardware.


Microsoft has published a knowledge base article that gives an insight into how its flagship operating system is evolving.

The note, which relates to an unsupported processor error, outlines a change in policy for Windows.

Microsoft said Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will no longer run on seventh-generation processors from Intel and AMD, such as Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Bristol Ridge series of chips.

What this means, according to analyst Gartner, is that PCs with Intel’s Kaby Lake processor will not support any OS before Windows 10. “This makes Windows 10 the definitive release and unavoidable for any company working with Windows-based devices,” it said.

Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said: “Organisations recognise the need to move to Windows 10.”

Gartner’s latest survey on Windows adoption found that the total time to evaluate and deploy Windows 10 had shortened from 23 months to 21 months.

Atwal added: “Large businesses are either already engaged in Windows 10 upgrades or have delayed upgrading until 2018. This likely reflects the transition of legacy applications to Windows 10 or replacing those legacy applications before Windows 10 migration takes place.”

The survey reported that, on average, companies are planning to migrate at least 30% of their PC installed base to new PCs on Windows in 2017.

While the hardware restriction will lead to people upgrading, Gartner’s survey also found that security was a main driver to move to Windows 10. It reported that 49% of respondents said that security improvements were the main reason for the migration. The second most popular reason for Windows 10 deployment was cloud integration capabilities (38%).

Among the organisations surveyed, Gartner found that Microsoft Hello was the highest-ranked capability enticing users to move to Windows 10. It suggested that the integration of Active Directory and Azure was stimulating Windows 10 upgrades.

“Windows 10 will remove the duplication of authentication and applications, and smooth the path between different applications,” Gartner noted.

Source: computerweekly

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