Microsoft lists Skylake based systems that will receive Windows 7 and 8.1 support

Microsoft has revealed the OEM systems running the 6th Generation Intel Skylake that will only receive support for Windows 10 until 17 July 2017. The current list has about 100 systems on it.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

January 22, 2016

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Microsoft lists Skylake based systems that will receive Windows 7 and 8.1 support

Late last week Microsoft dropped a bombshell on its customers, primarily those in the enterprise, that they would only continue to support their Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems on Intel's 6th Generation Skylake chips until 17 July 2017.

The move to be transparent has been met with a mixed reaction.

At that time Microsoft's Windows and Devices VP Terry Myerson explained the change in support like this:

Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon. For example, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming “Kaby Lake” silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming “8996” silicon, and AMD’s upcoming “Bristol Ridge” silicon.

Through July 17, 2017, Skylake devices on the supported list will also be supported with Windows 7 and 8.1. During the 18-month support period, these systems should be upgraded to Windows 10 to continue receiving support after the period ends. After July 2017, the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for these configurations, and will be released if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.

Rough translation is that anyone on newer hardware will need to be running Windows 10 and if you need to run Windows 7 in your enterprise then you will have to make sure you do not upgrade to any hardware with the above listed CPUs. Other than that everyone should be fine - right?

If you are curious what systems are impacted by this decision then you can go read the list Microsoft has just posted that covers OEM partners HP, Dell, Lenovo and NEC.

Currently there are over 100 models listed in this database and what I find interesting is that the link for each company goes to their support sites for the listing of devices that fall under this new support policy from Microsoft.

That means the listing will be updated by the OEM themselves and not Microsoft then, as other partners introduce their own new silicon that falls under this 18 month support policy, you can expect links to their own listings on this main page from Microsoft. 

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Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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