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Microsoft ends Windows 7 support for PCs which aren’t SSE2 capable

Microsoft ends Windows 7 support for PCs which aren’t SSE2 capable

by AshwinJune 21, 2018

Microsoft ends Windows 7 support for some older generation computers, ahead of the operating system’s 2020 EOL date. The Redmond company is rushing to kill the classic OS. This might be another move to market Windows 10, by forcing users to upgrade their computers.

We have already told you that the company has officially discontinued the Microsoft Answers support forums for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. And you must be aware of the false marketing which claims Windows 7 will not be supported on computers powered by the Intel Kabylake and Ryzen processors.

Microsoft ends Windows 7 support for some computers, am I affected by this? It depends on your computer’s processor. Is it SSE2 capable? If so, you are fine. Only those computers which aren’t SSE2 capable, are affected.

SSE2 = Streaming SIMD Extensions 2.

SIMD = Single Instructions Multiple Data.

You can find if your PC supports SSE2, by using the free Microsoft SysInternals tool called CoreInfo. Run the program’s exe from a command prompt window, and it should tell you if your processor is SSE2 capable.

The news isn’t official, but a report has solid evidence that it very well could be the case. Microsoft changed the support page for a Windows Update called KB4088875. The page on Microsoft’s support portal which originally mentioned a known issue about a Stop error occuring on computers which don’t support SSE2, along with a promise for a resolution for the problem, now asks users to upgrade to a processor that supports SSE2 or use VMs.

This error is actually a critical bug, which prevents Windows from installing security updates and patches on the affected computers. And it appears, that Microsoft has stopped security updates for such PCs, from June 15th, because it has not fixed the bug.

These issues could very well be related to the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, which affects all generations of Intel and AMD processors. The older generation Intel machines, like Pentium III, could be just the first of many impacted systems.

This should be viewed as a confirmation that Microsoft ends Windows 7 support for PCs which don’t support SSE2. It would have been nice to actually tell the users rather than silently killing off support, especially with the end of life support over one and a half years away.

Microsoft ends Windows 7 support for PCs SSE2

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but if it is broken it is your job to fix it, right? We are sure that Microsoft will disagree, but plenty of users are furious.