Solved Hardware compatibility and safety question

October 5, 2018 at 21:25:34
Specs: Windows 8.1 / 10 , i3/16
Important question,
I have an i3 8th generation and a Asus motherboard that are both designed for windows 10 installation only. I want to use 8.1 instead after trying 10 for a while. Thing is, I can actually use this hardware on an 8.1 but the hardware can’t be installed by the Asus drivers provided and intel can’t update or install the processor. So, Windows is surprisingly running both with what seems to be no problems but I get the odd compatibility issue message on my desktop about the processor. I know it makes the processor a vulnerability without the proper updates but I would use this computer only offline. Eventually windows 8.1 would have to be offline and I don’t want 10 so I could just start using it offline as of now. So my question is would it be okay to have no updates regularly on my system and both parts of the computer not installed by the manufacturers if I was only using it offline but the odd time plugging in online devices like and iPad, or using usbs from other computers? I would have a free AVG And makwarebytes installed. What do you think? Would both hardware parts also not perform as good as they would installed properly or would it make no big performance difference? I figure the updates are mainly security related.

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October 6, 2018 at 05:09:44
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I'm not a fan of Win10, but given the choice between 8.1 and 10, W10 is clearly the OS to go with. MS has already abandoned W8.0/8.1 plus you have hardware that was designed specifically for W10. If you prefer the look and feel of W8.1, use one of the shell programs to transform W10 to W8.1.

BTW, it's extremely unlikely a processor can be damaged by running the "wrong" OS. You mentioned that you won't be going online with this PC but will be running AVG & Malwarebytes. How will they get updated? Anytime you connect another device to that PC (iPad, USB HDD, flash drives, etc), you will be putting the system at risk until those programs are updated. Even if you intend to manually update your security programs by downloading the updates to a flash drive & then installing them, your system will be at risk when the flash drive is initially connected. To avoid that possibility, you should prescan all devices prior to connecting them.

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