Microsoft blocks driver updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8 on July 1, 2021

Posted on Thursday, Oct 29 2020 @ 13:11 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Slashdot writes Microsoft will no longer allow the ability to cross-sign drivers for Windows 7, Windows 8.x, and Windows Server 2012 R2, starting on July 1, 2021. This basically means driver updates for these operating systems will be largely phased out:
The only option that will remain available to devs who want to release drivers for versions of Windows other than Windows 10 will be to have those drivers pass HLK/WHQL testing. Unfortunately, not all drivers are even eligible for HLK/WHQL testing, and even for those that are eligible, getting some drivers to pass the HLK/WHQL tests is effectively impossible.

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