New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on Windows 8



Windows 8.1 fixes many of Windows 8’s most glaring flaws, but not everyone is able to bask in the bountiful new features. Owners of some older PCs have found themselves stranded on Windows 8, trapped by a subtle tweak in Windows 8.1’s hardware requirements. And beyond the irritation factor, the issue could have troubling support implications for affected users, as Microsoft has told Windows 8 users they’ll need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 by 2015 to continue receiving critical system updates.

“I’m rather frustrated, because I see no need for Microsoft to have produced a point release OS update—or rather, a service pack—with significantly different system requirements that would leave my PC ‘marooned’ on Windows 8,” says Chip Sudderth, a PCWorld reader affected by the issue...

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Procrastinating Member
Nothing I have here will run 8.1 except possibly some of the unbuilt desktop hardware (don't ask -- see below avatar). When even C2D quads, if on an Intel DP35 motherboard, can't run it, you have to wonder. Athlon 64 X2's are excluded. I can understand adding capability, but why drop support in the kernel for such recent and capable hardware?

Recent reports on the linux Cinnamon 2 desktop are good. Reasons to switch keep increasing.


Active Member
From the article, it seems the C2D actually supports the instruction and the motherboard itself is the culprit. It might be fixable with a BIOS update, but it's probably not worth the hassle for motherboard manufacturers.