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Microsoft has announced some bad news about Windows 10 Creators Update
Windows 10 Creators Update started to roll-out to users across the globe earlier this week.
The blockbuster update, which includes a brand-new version of Microsoft Paint, was gradually pushed-out to users worldwide – a precautionary measure to ease the strain on Microsoft's servers.
There are currently 400 million users running Windows 10 on PC hardware, who are all eligible for the latest update.
That is a significant number of users. However, that drops dramatically when it comes to Windows 10 phone owners.
Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 Creators Update will only be available for 13 handset models.
Windows and Devices Group software engineer, Dona Sarkar has revealed Windows 10 Creators Update for Windows phones will be pushed-out on April 25th 2017.
Microsoft has confirmed only 13 handsets will be eligible for the Windows 10 Creators Update
Ms Sarkar confirmed the update will only be available for 13 handsets.
The only smartphones capable of running Windows 10 Creators Update when it launches are – HP Elite x3, Microsoft Lumia 550, Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL, Microsoft Lumia 650, Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, Alcatel Idol 4S, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, SoftBank 503LV, Vaio Phone Biz, MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601, and Trinity NuAns NEO.
Besides these handsets, no other device will officially receive an upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update.
However, there is a workaround.
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Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Insiders running beta versions of Creators Update on devices not included in the list will be able to continue to run the software.
However, these devices will be running the software at their own risk – with no official support from the Redmond-based technology company.
No new Windows Insider preview builds will be pushed to any devices, other than the 13 handsets in the official list.
“We looked at feedback from our Windows Insiders and realised that we were not providing the best possible experience for our customers on many older devices.
“That helped us determine which devices we support for the Windows 10 Creators Update.
"We are continually listening to your feedback to provide the best experience for ALL of our customers.”
Even those devices running the Windows 10 Creators Update bet will not be officially supported
The news comes as Microsoft has started to block Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates to hardware running on the latest Intel and AMD chipsets.
The Redmond technology company announced plans to roll-out the block earlier this year, however, it was unclear when the policy would be enforced.
However, now users across social media have started to report Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates being blocked on devices running AMD Ryzen and 7th Generation Intel Core processors, also dubbed Kaby Lake.
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The block means machines powered by these newer processors will no longer be able to receive crucial security updates.
Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors – as well as all new processors released on an ongoing basis – will only be supported by Windows 10.
Windows 7 and 8.1 will continue to support older chipsets, but their chip compatibility would be frozen.
Users who build their own devices are most at risk – particularly those who have an aversion to Windows 10 and insist would prefer to run a previous version of the Windows operating system.