Microsoft has announced they’re ending support for some of Intel’s older Atom chipsets. According to a pretty lengthy statement given to ZDNet, the company will no longer support Intel’s Clover Trail line of Atom-branded chipsets, meaning users will no longer be able to install Windows 10 properly on such hardware. It will, of course, still be possible, but the company notes things may take a performance hit when doing so since they won’t offer native support for such processors.
In the statement, Microsoft notes that while computers with Clover Trail chips will receive the older Windows 10 Anniversary Update, they won’t be getting the Creators Update. “They require additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience when updating to the latest Windows 10 feature update, the Windows 10 Creators Update,” writes a Microsoft spokesperson. “However, these systems are no longer supported by Intel (End of Interactive Support), and without the necessary driver support, they may be incapable of moving to the Windows 10 Creators Update without a potential performance impact.”
Luckily, those who choose to hold onto their older Windows 10 devices will still receive security updates. “To keep our customers secure, we will provide security updates to these specific devices running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update until January of 2023,” wrote the company, “which aligns with the original Windows 8.1 extended support period.”
In case you’re curious, the exact models of Clover Trail processors that are getting the ax today are as follows:
- Atom Z2760
- Atom Z2520
- Atom Z2560
- Atom Z2580
If you attempt to install the Creators Update in any way on this hardware, you’ll be blocked from doing so. Therefore, it’s clearly the end of the line for this aging hardware that originally debuted in devices dating back to 2013 as a low-cost option for convertibles, hybrid PCs, and small tablets. So in case this entire article wasn’t enough indication, it’s probably time to upgrade.