Owners of some Intel Atom based computers are facing an extremely unusual predicament. Due to a hardware licensing issue, these computers cannot install the recent Windows 10 Creators Update; nor will they see any feature updates for the operating system.
These Clover Trail based devices originally began life as 2-in-1s and convertible laptops. All qualified for the free upgrade to Windows 10 when it became available, thanks to the fact that they were shipped with Windows 8.1.
However, Clover Trail based Atom processors licensed GPU technology from Imagination Technology; who are currently unwilling to update the drivers to support the Creators Update. What this translates into is a situation where any attempt to install the update is met with a notice that the computer is “no longer supported by Windows 10”.
Microsoft has issued a statement acknowledging the problem, although it really can’t do much to force other companies to update their drivers. As such, owners of these particular computers are left with a premature end of cycle support and won’t see new features added to their copies of Windows 10.
On the other hand, Microsoft has said that it will still push security updates for those still stuck on these machines. Security updates are generally smaller and require fewer changes to the operating system itself; but are far more important for computers to keep running safely.