Windows 10’s “Hidden” Support Requirement

Windows 10’s “Hidden” Support Requirement

When Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 two years ago, the company unveiled a new support model. Updates would be pushed to your PC regularly, so you’d theoretically never be out of support. While this frustrated hoards of users, it did give Microsoft a way to avoid what happened with XP and assures users that their PC won’t end up in an archaic state. However, this support model comes with a catch… each new version of Windows will further limit the supported hardware.

This means, two years into the tenure of Windows 10, some of the PCs that originally had no issues are being denied updates. This will keep happening as time goes on. Inevitably, every system will tell you it cannot install the latest update at some point. Even though the OS will continue to update itself “forever”, every single piece of hardware will become unsupported at some point forcing users to buy new hardware if they want to stay current. While this is logical, it is counter-intuitive to Microsoft’s “you’re supported forever” marketing.

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