Windows 10: Support for Clover Trail chipsets ends on January 10, 2023

Windows[German]Another information for users who are still running old systems with Windows 10 based on Clover Trail chipsets. The systems are stuck on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Microsoft had announced at the time that these machines would receive support until 2023. As a reminder, this support for Clover Trail chipsets expires on January 10, 2023.


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The Clover Trail chipset debacle

Back in Windows 8 days, a number of systems shipped with Intel's Clover Trail chipsets/CPUs. Buyers of these systems were able to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Up until then, everything was still fine. Then, these systems were partly changed to Windows 10 version 1507 via a forced update in the context of the Windows 10 launch starting in summer 2015.

Windows 10 error message
(Source: ZDNet.com)

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 version 1511 in November 2015 and Windows 10 version 1607, also known as Anniversary Update, in summer 2016. However, things went wrong on Clover Trail machines during the feature update to Windows 10 1703. The screenshot above signals that Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC. Systems with Clover Trail CPUs (Intel Atom Z2760, Z2520, Z2560 or Z2580) could no longer be updated to Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) because Intel allegedly did not supply drivers.

After 18 months of support, these machines would have fallen out of support with Windows 10 version 1607 because no more feature updates were available. After U.S. writer Ed Bot picked up on the update issue to Windows 10 Creators Update in the ZDNet article Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs, the story went viral. Microsoft had to respond and announced it would provide security updates for Clover Trail hardware until 2023. I had pointed this out in the blog post Windows 10 support for Clover Trail machines till 2023.

January 10, 2023 is end of support

Now it's soon 2023 and Microsoft has published the support post Windows 10 support on Intel Clover Trail chipsets will end on January 10, 2023 with a reminder. EP pointed it out in the English-language blog (thanks for that). Microsoft writes that they have been offering extended security updates for Windows 10 on these devices since March 2017. But January 10, 2023 is the end, the devices will receive a security update for the last time and then fall out of support.


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Microsoft recommends replacing these devices with a new Windows 11 PC. This also has the background that the support for Windows 10 (in most versions) ends in October 2025 and then only LTSC variants of Windows 10 as well as Windows 11 will be in support and provided with security updates. The support post still includes an FAQ with notes on what the end of support means (systems will continue to run, but will no longer receive security updates). However, I wonder how many PCs with Clover Trail chipsets are still in use.


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