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Microsoft now apply new strategy to bring more Windows 10 users.?  (Maybe.) They are now forcing users of Windows 7,  8/8.1 up upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft now decided to make updates unavailable of these versions of Windows are running on systems which use the latest processors.

Actually instead of receiving the latest security patch, users are now seeing an error message. Users are seeing notification which says

Unsupported Hardware

Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows and you won’t receive updates.

This is quite strange because Microsoft already announced that Windows 7 is supported until 2020, and Windows 8.1 will get updates until 2023. The main thing is that the this issue occurs with newer hardware equipped with 7th-generation Intel processors (“Kaby Lake”) and AMD Ryzen (“Bristol Ridge”) chips. Of course these are latest and and very high tech processor.  Kaby Lake went on sale in late 2016 and AMD’s new chips are just beginning to reach the market.

Well of course all of sudden end of updates might come as a surprise to many PC owners. However back in January 2016 company already made some changes in policy in which they clearly mention that the “…they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support…”

Here take a note that the, devices built using pre-2015 chip designed are unaffected. Today, OEMs still have copious quantities of PCs to sale it using those 4th- and 5th-generation Intel products (Few months ago I brought 4th generation laptop; however I have Windows 10 on it).

Well if you are one of them who is suffering from this issue then, Microsoft’s official solution is to upgrade to Windows 10. Maybe company want to increase the number of users of Windows 10.?? I don’t think so. Maybe that’s not the reason why they are doing it.