Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Microsoft Set To Block Intel, AMD & Qualcomm Windows 7 & 8.1 Update

Microsoft Set To Block Intel, AMD & Qualcomm Windows 7 & 8.1 Update

As noted by Computer World, individuals with the latest AMD and Qualcomm processors are given a notification to let them know that they will no longer receive security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1.

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. That hardware includes Intel's 7th-generation chips, AMD Ryzen and Qualcomm's 8996 series of chips.

Microsoft's support page on the matter says that Windows 10 is the "only" OS to support these updated hardware configurations.

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

Windows 7 is to receive security updates until January 14, 2020, while Windows 8.1's support is to end on January 10, 2023. It's noteworthy that Microsoft's official mainstream support for Windows 7 expired in January 2015, but the company has obviously not convinced a majority of users to upgrade.

"To achieve the highest confidence in the performance of our AMD Ryzen desktop processors, AMD validated them across two different OS generations, Windows 7 and 10", said AMD with respect to Ryzen support.

Word started when a Microsoft support document leaked on Thursday, March 16, which specifically addresses those who have paired older Microsoft OSs with newer Intel or AMD chips. 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.

Have you upgraded to Intel's Kaby Lake or AMD's Ryzen, but still refuse to give up on Windows 7? The company has recently released a statement through its community website, denying that there is an incompatibility with Ryzen and Windows 10. But instead users will be updated to new versions of what I expect will become simply "Windows" in the future.

It has been recently reported that there is a bug in Windows 10 scheduler that is limiting the performance of the new AMD Ryzen central processing units (CPUs).

It seems Microsoft will not provide Windows updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 on any computers running on these new processors.

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