Windows 10 - important announcement from Microsoft
Microsoft says new processors will only work with Windows 10
From July 2017 most new computers will come with Kaby Lake Intel Processors or AMD Bristol Ridge. These processors only support the
Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and cannot be downgraded to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Microsoft and its hardware partners will not be putting in significant work to make the new processors work with older versions of the operating system.
Microsofts changes does not mean that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are no longer supported in general. The two operating systems will continue to get updates through to January 14th, 2020 and January 10th, 2023, respectively. But that is only if you're using processor hardware prior to the Kaby Lake version. (The previous version of processor was the Skylake)
Schools ICT, currently sells mainly Skylake Intel processor based hardware, but from July our suppliers will by supplying hardware based on the Kaby Lake processor, these computers will only support Windows 10. Dell will start rolling out Kaby Lake processors in some of its laptops from February 2017.
Our suppliers might be able to supply some computers using the Skylake processor after July 2017, but they will not be able to guarentee stock levels.
- What do schools and companies need to think about:
- All new hardware will be coming with Windows 10 and we will not be able to down grade it to Windows 7.
Possibly managing a mix of operating systems - look at standardising a version of the operating system in certain areas such as a class or ICT suite.
- Consider a rolling hardware replacement program for the school removing all computers running Windows 7 that only have 2GB Ram or less and upgrading the rest to Windows 10.