Clover Trail systems won’t get Windows 10 Creators Update, ever

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Magnify / One of the affected Atom processors.
Intel

Systems using Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processors and constant Windows 10 won’t ever receive the Creators Update, or any major Windows 10 updates in tomorrow. But in an exception to its normal Windows 10 support policy, Microsoft has voiced that it will provide security updates to those systems until January 2023.

We put in blacked earlier this week about the tricky situation of the Clover Trail techniques. Those machines shipped with Windows 8 and 8.1 were due to walk off software support until 2023. However, the systems were also worthy for the free upgrade to Windows 10. But to receive security fixes on Windows 10, you be enduring to keep pace with the periodic regular major upgrades that Microsoft remodels to that operating system. Each of these named releases is contrariwise supported for 18 months, after which you have to upgrade, or else you’re cut off from surveillance fixes.

This is a problem for the Clover Trail machines, because those practices are prevented from installing and using the Windows 10 Creators Update, discontinuing them stuck on last year’s Anniversary Update. Support, categorizing security fixes, for the Anniversary Update is due to end in early 2018. As such, it appeared that upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 has charmed Clover Trail systems from being supported until 2023, to supported until 2018, a five-year regression.

The bad front-page news is that the block on the Creators Update appears to be permanent. The problem is the GPU drivers; Clover Pull Atoms use GPU technology licensed from Imagination Technologies. Imagination appears unwilling, and Intel appears not able, to update the GPU drivers to meet the demands of the Creators Update. So systems shaped with such hardware will never be upgradable beyond the Anniversary Update.

The proper news is that Microsoft has said that it will provide such approaches with security fixes until 2023, thereby reinstating the sponsored lifetime that such machines were supposed to have in the start place. Luckily for Microsoft, the Anniversary Update already had a corresponding long-term aid branch version (LTSB), so the company was already intending to release safe keeping fixes for this version of Windows until 2023.

The situation still nurtures questions about Microsoft’s plans for hardware obsolescence. What would participate in happened if, for example, the Clover Trail systems had worked with the Makers Update—which doesn’t have and won’t ever have an LTSB type, and so which is strictly limited to an 18-month support timeframe—and only subdued in the Fall Creators Update? Would Microsoft force people to bread-roll back to a prior, LTSB-aligned version? Or would Redmond instead enlarge support for a version of Windows that wasn’t supposed to have a protracted support timeframe?

While this issue is unlikely to crop up again for anything as impressive as a processor or GPU, we’re sure that it’s going to happen again with something less meaningful—a printer, say, or unusual USB device. And so far, Microsoft hasn’t given a clear intimation of how this will be handled.

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