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Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

Roland6 Silver badge

>Or is it that MS wants Intel to adapt existing drivers to fit OS API changes?

Well given what happened over the years to the original PC BIOS which was supposed to provide a basic hardware abstraction layer, I suspect Windows is becoming more and more dependent upon hardware specifics. Obviously what this means is that Windows is becoming more and more dependent upon the Intel chipset. Because of this and the long standing WinTel relationship, MS probably think they have some degree of 'proprietary ownership' of the Intel chipset and so are very comfortable in asking Intel to make changes that will in the first instance be to MS's benefit.

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