Owners of Skylake systems with perfectly-running Windows 7 installations are in a bit of a weird place.Microsoft will support Windows 7 or 8.1 on those systems only until a year and change from now, on July 17, 2018—a deadline that was extended one year from the original date.
However, as I discussed earlier today, it is also very close to being the final version of this big feature update with the likelihood of changes being very low at this point.
I say that because this is more than just a change in text but the underlying networking capabilities to allow certain updates to be installed over metered connections as well.
They stated that this is a positive feature, primarily for security reasons. Moreover, that leads to unusable hardware, all-around underperformance and, eventually, to the Blue Screen of Death.
So, we’ve prepared some temporary workarounds that will let you surpass automatic drivers update.
This move was initially announced back in August of 2016.
All operating systems have to drop support for older hardware sometime, and Microsoft's actions are far from unexpected.
After that, those systems will only receive critical security updates until the OSes reach the end of their extended support periods—January 14, 2020 for Windows 7 and January 10, 2023 for Windows 8.1.
However, some OEM Skylake systems from 16 manufacturers will still apparently receive updates for those older OSes until Microsoft's regular end-of-life dates for the software.
----- Update: I heard back from Microsoft and was provided this from a spokesperson: Not a lot of clarity about bandwidth that might get used so this is an area we will have to keep an eye on.