Windows 7/8.1 updates blocked on Kaby Lake/Ryzen CPUs

Windows 7/8.1 updates blocked on Kaby Lake/Ryzen CPUs

It notes that devices with powerful processors including the latest Intel 7th generation hardware and AMD's Bristol Ridge offerings require the latest version of Windows (i.e., Windows 10) to operate properly. That operating system is in mainstream support until January 2018, and during mainstream support Microsoft can potentially deliver feature improvements and other non-security updates.

We already knew Microsoft was planning to offer official support exclusively for Windows 10 on the new Intel and AMD CPUs, but it seems the company is planning to go to great lengths to ensure these chips aren't used with older versions of the OS. With Windows 10 Creators Update merely weeks away, the company is trying to use every means possible to get people away from older versions, especially Windows 7, which still dominates the PC world with more than 40% market share. So they've made a decision to roll out a processor check in Windows Update on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, preventing users from download updates if their system contains a Kaby Lake or Ryzen CPU.

Anyone on an affected system who attempts to download Windows update may see an error message, according to a knowledgebase article published last week (). Support for Windows 8.1 runs through next year and support ends in 2023. "This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon".

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]".

Users have noted that devices running older versions of Windows are unable to download and install vital updates, potentially leaving their PCs at risk of attack. If it's the latter, chances are you built the system and did you really put an 8-year-old OS on a brand new PC? For actual f*cks sake Microsoft.

When the Surface Pro 5 was a no-show at the MWC, speculation indicated that it skipped the show to wait for the next major Windows 10 update. You can read the company's justification in detail on its Windows Experience blog.

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