Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 & 8.1 Updates On Current Generation AMD & Intel Processors

Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 & 8.1 Updates On Current Generation AMD & Intel Processors

As Microsoft has stated before, those processor generations include Intel's 7th-generation Core chips, AMD's Bristol Ridge, or Ryzen, processors, and the Qualcomm 8996.

And, not surprisingly recommends the follow to resolve the issue: "We recommend that you upgrade Windows 8.1-based and Window 7-based computers to Windows 10 if those computers have a processor that is from [the list]".

The document says that such errors occur because newer processor generations require the latest version of Windows for support. In practice, this is unlikely; Windows 10 is the only operating system receiving any meaningful feature development now, with Windows 8.1 only likely to receive security fixes from now until its end of support in 2023 anyway. The article talks about Windows updates being disabled for Kaby Lake/Ryzen machines running these older operating systems, which presents a pretty much insurmountable barrier.

The only recourse given by the support article is to update the system to Windows 10. Microsoft didn't explain to me how it would charge users now the free Window is closed.

Users are now starting to encounter the following error message: "Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows".

Last year, Microsoft announced that only Windows 10 would be supported on computers running the new Intel and AMD chips.

Apparently, Microsoft is halting upgrade support for those operating systems when combined with the newer hardware. Windows 7 debuted in 2009, and Windows 8.1 was released in 2013.

If Microsoft decides to actually opt for Ryzen 7, this will mean that Surface Pro 5 will be the most powerful hybrid device ever made. According to PC Advisor, the new Surface device might run AMD Ryzen 7 instead of Intel Kaby Lake that is further supported by the description, "Intelligence powered by AMD, Ryzen and Radeon".

Windows 10 Creators Update is, naturally, the biggest selling point for Surface Pro 5. This update even received bad reviews due to its problem with battery life.

What's unclear is whether Microsoft had pulled the trigger on the no-patches-for-older-Windows rule and was showing users the messages outlined by the support document.

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