Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Mar 2017 23:09 UTC
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Ars Technica reports:

A recently published Knowledge Base article suggests that Microsoft is going to block Windows Updates for owners of the latest Intel and AMD processors if they try to run Windows 7 or 8.1.

Last year, Microsoft announced a shift in the way it would support Windows. Going forward, new processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's recently-released Ryzen, would require the newest version of Windows. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 would be out of luck, with Microsoft having no plans to support the new chips on the old operating systems.

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RE: Windows 10 is better
by StephenBeDoper on Sun 19th Mar 2017 21:43 UTC in reply to "Windows 10 is better"
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This move is to force us to upgrade to Windows 10 for using those types of chips. However, I think that's a good move.


Eh, in some ways - but there have certainly been some regressions in Win8/10 when compared to 7. The dumbest, most glaring example I've run into was a Catch-22 situation where I had installed the upgrade on an HTPC and it defaulted to the basic drivers and a resolution of 1360*768. "No problem," I thought, I'll just go online and download the drivers... except when I tried, I discovered that the network menu in Win10 has (or at least did on release) a fixed height/minimum height, and it top-aligns the list of networks, AND the height of the menu was greater than the height of the screen at that resolution. As result, the top of the network menu was cut off, making it impossible to connect to a network to download proper video drivers (short of downloading on another computer & resorting to sneaker-net).

Then there's the idiotic lock screen that Microsoft insists on enabling everywhere, even though it's utterly useless/pointless for any system where touch isn't the primary input method. Any sane person would see the criticism of that "feature" and the popularity of method to disable it as a sign that it might be such a great idea - but not Microsoft, instead the doubled-down and made it even harder to disable with the anniversary update.

Or there's the insane decision to force reboot for automatic updates AND provide no option whatsoever to disable it, even in the "Pro" version. With that one, I genuinely hope that Microsoft gets hit with a class action for willfully causing data loss.

And then there's more mundane stuff, like bad UI design decisions/regressions. E.g. the way that "Screen Resolution" used to be an option when you right-clicked the desktop in Win7 - now in 10, it's buried under "Display Settings"and then "Advanced display settings". Ditto for the way that customizing the system tray icons was easier in 7, where you could just click the control to show the hidden icons & then click the "Customize" button - compared to 10, which hides that stuff under 2 separate text links, buried in the Taskbar settings.

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