Windows 10 Creators Update may force updates over metered connections


"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". "We'll keep trying in case new updates become available" error message might still be popping up in Windows 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. It's a drastic approach for some, and it will most probably not sit well with Windows 7 or 8.1 holdouts. But now, they should take that warning very seriously.

It's not surprising, considering the fact that most support for Windows Vista died out in 2012, five years after it was launched in January, 2007. Microsoft has been releasing preview builds of the Creators Update since August previous year.

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

So what next for the Vista user?

Users have complained of the cartel-like approach to forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10 as it effectively brings forward the end-of-life of an operating system that people have legitimately acquired and paid for by five years.

This means that users of Windows Vista after this date may face the risk of their computer becoming more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

I would propose a persistent nag screen as a much safer solution - make it annoying enough and inform the user beforehand what size the update is, and they may even find an unmetered connection, avoiding the uncontrollable cost issue. And there is no guarantee the convoluted upgrade to Windows 10 would work properly, as the dreaded driver issue could rear its ugly head.

Internet Explorer 9 will no longer be supported by the operating system; therefore all users of this may expose their PCs to additional threats.

Rather than mere benign neglect (not actively testing new patches on the new processors, but not stopping anyone from hitting Windows Update and installing them), the Knowledge Base article would suggest that Microsoft intends to implement a hard block, with Windows Update completely shutting out these new processors.

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