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If you want to run reliable old Windows 7 on a new PC, Microsoft might not let you. Recently, users trying to do so are seeing “Unsupported Hardware” errors when running updates.

Once upon a time, Microsoft supported an operating system for a decade, but they’ve changed their tune. The newest generation of processors are supposedly only supported by Windows 10, though some technology blogs have indicated that this is nothing but a strong arm tactic to force upgrades.

The problem isn’t widespread, and there may be workarounds, but updates are key to keeping your system secure, so the most cost effective soluion may be to embrace Windows 10, which is proving to be one of the more stable and effective versions of the ubiquitous OS.