Last week Microsoft released a series of patches for Windows 7 and 8.1 that disabled Windows Update on certain computers.

The stated intent is to force those with newer hardware to use Windows 10. Unfortunately, a few older PCs were also caught in the dragnet. Now there’s a movement afoot, led by a GitHub poster, to bypass that Update block.Let the whack-a-mole games begin.[ The essentials for Windows 10 installation: Download the Windows 10 Installation Superguide today. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]
As I explained last month, this situation started when Microsoft declared it wouldn’t support Windows 7 or 8.1 on computers running Intel’s Skylake processors.

A few weeks later, Microsoft backed down and said it would support Win7 and 8.1, but only on a specific subset of Skylake-based PCs–and only until this year.

Faced with more jeers from the peanut gallery, Microsoft backed down again and said it would require Windows 10 on newer Kaby Lake and Bristol Ridge processors, but left open the question of which older Intel and AMD processors would get zapped.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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