Updates to Support Policy for Skylake Devices Running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1


As we approached Intel’s Business Launch for Skylake in mid-January, we shared more details on our recommendations for enterprise customers on Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, including clarifications to our support policy for new silicon. A key part of this update was our commitment to continuing to lead with a customer-first approach. Since then we’ve received feedback from customers at various stages of planning and deployment of Windows 10. Led by their feedback, today we are sharing a few updates to our Skylake support policy*:

  1. To help provide greater flexibility for customers who have longer deployment timeframes to Windows 10, the support period for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices on Skylake systems will be extended by one year: from July 17, 2017 to July 17, 2018.
  2. Also, after July 2018, all critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for Skylake systems until extended support ends for Windows 7, January 14, 2020 and Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023.

This guidance is designed to help our customers purchase modern hardware with confidence, while continuing to manage their migrations to Windows 10. As our customers upgrade to Windows 10 on Skylake devices, they can benefit from the latest capabilities that come from modern hardware and software. Compared to Windows 7 PC’s, Skylake when combined with Windows 10, enables up to 30x better graphics and 3x the battery life – with the unmatched security of Credential Guard utilizing silicon supported virtualization.

Our commitment to all of our customers remains strong and we’re grateful for your ongoing support. Additional Q&A on the topic can be found here.

*applies to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Embedded 7, 8, 8.1

Jeremy Korst, General Manager Windows Marketing

Comments (23)

  1. Nonsenskylake says:

    The only one thing Microsoft must do is to follow the standard support cycle for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on both Skylake and non-Skylake systems. Period.

  2. Nonsenskylake says:

    Not following the standard support cycle for ALL Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems, even running in Skylake platforms, will result in severe distrust from your customers.

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  4. nanasi says:

    I thought though that decision is wrong.
    I think it should have done so from the beginning.
    From thinking properly about user decide.
    So is the case in the future.

  5. Krystyna Switalski says:

    I Like to haw Windows

  6. Chuck Blount says:

    You guys really need to stop forcing Win10 upon everyone. Simply support 7 on any hardware until it’s end of life and stop giving customers reasons to look for alternative solutions to 10.

  7. Chuck Blount says:

    *its

  8. John M. says:

    What’s up with the "support for new silicon" talk?

    Can’t you guys use plain English anymore? It’s "support for new processors" – the "silicon" does nothing, it’s a chemical element (Si) that definitely doesn’t run Windows all by itself. Human ingenuity that culminates in the creation of a processor is what
    even makes your Windows run.

    How about plumbers start talking about support for "new waters"? Or physicians no longer talk about their instruments, but of their support for "new iron"?

    It’s simply a buzzword bingo to make your work seem more "impressive" so you can put a big price tag on it. Oh my, you are supporting a new silicon. Nope. You simply added some code to enable the newest feature from a CPU that makes *your* life easier.

  9. Drake Jones says:

    "Customer first"? HUH! MS’ does what they damn well please. You’re hell bent on making Linux the new standard and you’re succeeding!

  10. John R says:

    Has there been any change on Kaby lake W10 only support stance?

  11. anonymouscommenter says:

    Le 15 Janvier dernier, nous avions annoncé que pour la 6éme génération de

  12. Mark B says:

    Thank you for spinning up the entire industry for months and our customers while you figured out a reasonable position to take here. Next time think about the customer first, would you?

  13. mike h says:

    What about non-Critical Patches/Updates (Important, Moderate, Low)?

  14. Martin says:

    Useless blah blah as before. Windows 7 has to be supported until the end of its extended support period on enterprise class Intel chipsets. Not talking about new devices like SoC designs, tablets, but standard PC and laptop hardware. Microsoft should ask
    itself what a customer first approach really is – first announcing something and withdrawing it two months later? Just amazing.

  15. Mike K says:

    wow 30x better graphics!!!
    is the windows7 pc the same herdware as the skylake windows10 pc?

  16. Maralyn says:

    Windows 10 is garbage

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  18. Joel O says:

    What about support for next-gen Intel processors?

  19. anonymouscommenter says:

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