Windows 10 Creators Update might leave Intel's Atom 'Clover Trail' CPUs behind

Windows 10 Creators Update might leave Intel's Atom 'Clover Trail' CPUs behind

Microsoft today announced the availability of the LinkedIn mobile app for Windows 10. I assume the LinkedIn website works fine on Windows 10 Mobile. In contrast, it's easy to know that Version 1703 is installed because Windows' System properties and the winver program both tell you.

It's not clear from the information provided just what the compatibility issue is.

A recent ZDNet article thrust this issue into the spotlight, but Microsoft laid out details about the error in an April forum post.

Clover Trail processors powered the earliest Windows 8 2-in-1 hybrid devices, such as the HP Envy X2 and the Asus VivoTab. However, there will be no moving to the Creators Update for the foreseeable future.

"Microsoft is working with our partners to provide compatible drivers for these processors".

The update is live for Windows Insiders on the Windows Store. Last week, the company began emailing users to inform them that its app for Windows phones will be killed off at the end of August, advising them to access LinkedIn via the browser on their devices instead. According to one user who replied to the main thread, the Creators Update doesn't support the following CPUs: Intel Atom Z2760, Atom Z2520, Atom Z2560, and Atom Z2580. Your Clover Trail system should be running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update if you're trying to upgrade to the Creators Update, and Microsoft supports major Windows 10 releases for at least 18 months.

It is unknown what hardware incompatibility has caused Microsoft to shut out these Atom systems, but there doesn't yet appear to be a current workaround or proposed fix to resolve the issue. If worse comes to worse, you'll probably want to pick up a new laptop. British Windows 10 users will be more familiar with autumn than fall, the American way to describe the season that marks the transition from summer sunshine to wet winter weather.

This debacle shines a light on an unclear clause in Windows 10's support policy. As such, they were eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10 when it launched. There will also be a "Long-Term Servicing Channel" that will be updated every three years and receive long term support.