Users with Older Atom Processors Should Wait on the Windows 10 Creators Update

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 42 Comments

Users with Older Atom Processors Should Wait on the Windows 10 Creators Update

If you’re using an older PC with an Atom processor, you should avoid manually upgrading to the Windows 10 Creators Update.

But then, this isn’t new advice: Microsoft made this recommendation back in April when the Creators Update first shipped. Plus, anyone using such a PC isn’t the type of person that would ever manually install an OS update.

“Microsoft is working with our partners to provide compatible drivers for these processors,” the support note explains. “Until then, Windows Update will prevent devices containing one of the processors listed above from installing the Creators Update.”

The processors in question are:

  • Atom Z2760
  • Atom Z2520
  • Atom Z2560
  • Atom Z2580

In other words, the story hasn’t changed: If you aren’t technical, you should wait until the Creators Update is actually offered to you via Windows Update. Otherwise, you may have bad results as there’s a reason this update isn’t being delivered to your PC automatically. In this case, what I’d imagine is a pretty serious issue.

This comes up today because of a ZDNet report that states that “an entire generation of PCs, most only three or four years old, are now unable to receive new feature updates to Windows 10.” That’s very dramatic, but the reality is that Microsoft is just doing what it always does by ensuring the highest-quality upgrade experience. And missing a few non-essential feature updates isn’t all that important.

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