Windows 10 Creators Update might leave Intel's Atom 'Clover Trail' CPUs behind
As things currently, the latest feature update for Windows 10 is poised to leave some users behind. According to ZDNet, PCs running on Intel's Atom Clover Trail processors are currently unsupported by the Windows 10 Creators Update.
According to the report, users trying to install the update on Atom Clover Trail PCs are met with an error message that confusingly states "Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC." Microsoft itself hasn't confirmed the compatibility issues in its support documents. Acer, however, has, stating that the Atom Z2760, Atom Z2520, Atom Z2560, and Atom Z2580 are all unsupported by the Creators Update. From Acer:
A post on Microsoft's TechNet forums provides a similar answer.
It's not clear from the information provided just what the compatibility issue is. However, if it isn't resolved, incompatibility could cause a large number of 2-in-1 PCs initially sold throughout 2013 and 2014 to be stuck on the Anniversary Update. That's potentially a problem as far as security is concerned, as Microsoft is set to drop official support (meaning updates) for the Anniversary Update in early 2018. That's an effect of the new Windows as a Service model, which only allows for servicing major feature updates for 18 months after their release.
Fortunately, it sounds as though Microsoft is actively working with its partners to remedy the issue. However, there will be no moving to the Creators Update for the foreseeable future.
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