AND SO IT begins. Microsoft has started the process of built-in obsolescence to current hardware by blocking updates of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Intel 7th Generation (Kaby Lake), AMD Ryzen and Qualcomm Snapdragon 82x processors.
Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates.
Windows could not search for new updates
An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.
Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error.
Microsoft has confirmed the move, saying in a statement to the INQUIRER: "As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support.
"This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon."
Sure, because everyone has £100 down the back of the sofa for a needless upgrade. For actual f*cks sake Microsoft.
This is one of those things like Brexit or Trump or Noel Fielding hosting Bake Off - we could see it coming, but now it's actually here is the first time we've really started to acknowledge what an absolute sh*t-show it is.
It also reeks of a chip-software cartel, and we hope for the sake of all concerned that isn't the case.
You don't just block updates, effectively bringing forward the end-of-life of an operating system by five years because you want the "best experience". The only incentive to do it is to screw people over.
If the Android community has shown us anything via XDA Developers it's that compatibility isn't down to the ability of the hardware - hell, not even the operating system.
Particularly aggravating is that this will mean that old computers become less useful to charities, developing countries and other environments where used computers are lifeblood. It's a giant "f*ck you" to everyone who can't afford to run the latest operating system and a cynical move by an increasingly greedy Microsoft that will stop at nothing to start "moving people from needing Windows, to choosing Windows, to loving Windows" as PT Barnum Nadella once said.
If you're caught in the boat of sudden borkage, don't worry there are a million Linux distros that would be happy to have you - like our beloved Remix OS Android for example. Vote with your feet.
Yeah, that's right, Microsoft. We're p*ssed. Really p*ssed. µ
But we probably won't see it until next year
Why stick a finger in a dyke when you can ram the entire boy in the hole, eh?
Reminds us that we're supposed to be able to trust them
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