Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

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

Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates.

Instead of receiving the latest security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, those customers saw an error message instead.

Previously, it was thought that users running these latest Intel or AMD processors with Windows 7/8.1 would simply be doing so at their own risk in terms of not having the correct driver support, and suffering from possible instability or incompatibility issues. 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.

Additionally, while Intel Skylake processors are now supported on Windows 7 and 8, they won't be from July.

The news comes as Microsoft prepares to roll out the next major update of Windows 10.

You don't just block updates, effectively bringing forward the end-of-life of an operating system by five years because you want the "best experience".

Microsoft warned users of their plans in January 2016 and again in August 2016, but this has not stopped Windows 7 fans from grousing and threatening to switch to Linux.

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The company's previous methods of convincing users to make the jump have upset some, and this policy is sure to ruffle feathers as well. Windows 10 is the only Microsoft OS supported on those chips, Microsoft said.

We've known for a long time that Windows 7 has been the greatest challenge to Windows 10 adoption, but now there's more validation of that.

Data from Net Marketshare reveals that as many as 48.41% of PC's on the web are still running Windows 7. That support policy made sense in bygone days, when PCs and operating systems evolved at a relatively slow pace. Intel hinted that something similar would happen for Kaby Lake support past year.

An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.

The company says that over 500 million Windows 10 installs have been completed since the software was released in July 2015.

If you happen to be running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 we have sad news for you.

Anyone on an affected system who attempts to download Windows update may see an error message, according to a knowledgebase article published last week ().

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