Microsoft Refused to Support Windows 7 on Older Computers

Windows 7 Support
Written by Hassan Abbas

Microsoft promised to officially support Windows 7 until January 2020, but it looks like the software giant is trying to get users to switch to more recent versions of Windows ahead of time, ignoring some of the serious problems that have appeared with the latest updates.

Last week, it became known that Microsoft will no longer be helping users on the Microsoft Answers Support Forum to resolve issues related to Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and other obsolete products, according to the company. Now Microsoft refuses to release fixes for Windows 7. It’s about computers equipped with old processors, such as the Pentium III.

Windows 7 Support

Windows 7 Support

As is known, in March of this year the update for the “seven” KB4088875 led to the appearance of a blue screen on devices with processors without the support of the Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 (SSE2) instruction set. Until recently, Microsoft said that it was working to solve this problem and promised to provide a patch in the near future. The error was still present in the description for the April and May updates, but already in June the company made changes to the documentation, replacing the old text: “Microsoft is working on a solution to the problem and will submit an update in the next issue” with this advice:

“Upgrade your computers with SSE2-enabled processors or turn them into virtual machines.”

In other words, Microsoft refused to support outdated processors and will not solve the problem with Windows 7. A set of SSE2 instructions is required to install Windows 8 and later versions of the operating system, but it was never required for Windows 7. This restriction will affect the old computers and put them owners in a predicament. The only way out for them is to never update or switch to Linux.

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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