Microsoft ready to block updates for Windows 7 on latest PCs

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Aside from having a new powerful chip, the Surface Pro 5 is also speculated to feature a 4K resolution display, an improved Surface Pen with rechargeable ability and the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update.

Critics were particularly unhappy with the high system requirements of the new OS, along with the inclusion of new DRM technologies to restrict copying of protected material.

In fact, a handful of them contain images from my own photography work which I had accepted as part of those submission opportunities. Microsoft did not immediately reply to questions, including whether it is now sniffing for Windows 7 and 8.1 on PCs running the banned silicon, and if it has not, when it would.

Using Windows 7 on these latest systems is already awkward in many situations; the operating system has no built-in support for USB 3 or NVMe. Instead, it was meant to avoid large automatic downloads in order to prevent Windows 10 updates from blowing through a user's bandwidth cap.

Mozilla has also announced this week that Firefox 52 will be the last mainstream release for Windows XP and Vista.

"Windows Vista customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft".

This was expected sooner or later, but the software giant could be a little too harsh, as it is now forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10 instead of continuing to use the older operating systems. Only 25.19% of PCs are running Windows 10.

Even worse is that Vista users could potentially have to pay for two operating system upgrades: (one to Windows 7 and then one to Windows 10).

Hot on the heels of yesterdays release, Microsoft is rolling out build 15061 of Windows 10 for Insiders in the Fast ring today, packing another round up of bug fixes on the lead up to general availability. That support policy made sense in bygone days, when PCs and operating systems evolved at a relatively slow pace.

Overall, the company emphasises that potential security risks are likely for continuous users of Windows Vista after the end support so users should be prepared before this change.

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