NO PATCHES ARE NEEDED, what is so hard to understand? Or do you think black helicopters are gonna sneak in to your house and attack your unpatched system?
I went out of my way to TRY to get an RTM Win 7 system infected...we're talking topsites, crack sites, porn sites, your "watch the latest movies now!" sites, malware infested sites all and...nothing. Zip zero nada squat. So why should I give a shit if Win 7 or 8.1 goes EOL, which again I'm betting Nutella will be FIRED before that date rolls around?
If you want to take the Goatse pose so MSFT can fist you? That is your choice, but if they want MY data? PAY ME. MSFT don't give shit away for free and neither do I, and the same goes to Google and Yahoo, want that data? Cut me a check. Privacy badger makes sure nobody gets shit I don't get paid for and I don't give a rat's ass what MSFT says
As for the new CPUs? I don't use APUs and I haven't seen a single program yet that even requires advanced CPU instructions that are only supported on Win 7, much less 8.1 or 10 so again I smell bullshit. Remember they said the same about DirectX, everyone would have to switch to Vista because of DirectX, remember? what happened? developers saw they would be cutting more than half the market out so other than MSFT's own Halo everyone kept right on supporting DX9 until Win 7 came out and was popular.
Ultimately I believe the market will back me up and come 2020 MSFT will just have to start popping that snooze alarm on Win 7 because Win 10, like Win 8 before it, simply isn't gonna be popular enough to take the majority slot. Its too buggy, too ugly, and even grandma's know its malware infested. Hell I have made more uninstalling Win 10 on new systems than I did on Win 8 and that is saying something. But history I believe will put Win 10 into the same "wow that was shit" camp that Vista and 8 are in and once Nutella is shown the door they will have no choice but to make a decent OS, that or give the money back to the shareholders and call it a day because everyone will have left for Google or Apple. Hell its gotten so bad I've seen Win 10 tablets for $60 at Fred's, they just can't give the things away because nobody wants win 10.