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James Daniel Marrs Ritchey

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What Is The "lifetime of the device"?
« on: October 03, 2019, 09:04:05 PM »
One thing that has been unclear since the beginning of Windows 10 is how long you will receive updates for. Microsoft has always stated you can update for the lifetime of the device, but what is the "lifetime of the device"?. Does Microsoft determine the life of the device, or do the component/computer manufacturers? As far as I can tell it's both, but mostly the manufacturer.

According to the System Requirements page you may not be able to update anymore if there are no drivers compatible with the updated version of Windows. So this would mean if the manufacturer doesn't provide updated drivers, and if there aren't any suitable generic Microsoft drivers, you might not be able to update anymore.

It also states that the system requirements for Windows may change over time. Though it does appear you can install Windows 10 even if you don't meet all the "requirements" I would imagine there are limits to how far you can push this, and it might prevent you from updating.