Microsoft has extended the support for Windows 10 computers that are powered by an Intel Clover Trail CPU. Earlier we reported that Clover Trail based systems could no longer be upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update.
That would be a serious issue for these computers as they would no longer receive security updates. The Anniversary Update, the predecessor of the Creator Update is only supported till the beginning of 2018. After that date, the only way to get security updates on Windows 10 is by installing the Creators Update.
Microsoft today told ZDNet that it will provide updates till January 2023 for Clover Trail based computers with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update installed. That is the same date as when support for Windows 8.1 ends.
Clover Trail computers first appeared in 2013 and 2014 and originally had Windows 8 installed. Also these systems were eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10.
The processors are no longer supported by Intel. To make the computers work under Windows 10 Creators Update, additional hardware support is required, Microsoft claims. Now Intel has ended support, the necessary drives will no longer be released and therefore the systems won’t be able to run the Creators Update.
The issue concerns many Windows 10 users, it seems Microsoft might pull the plug on older CPUs at any time, leaving these users without security updates.