Microsoft Trying To Force Ryzen and Kaby Lake CPU Owners To Use Windows 10

Microsoft apparently is trying to push everyone with new processors to use Windows 10.


If you are looking to upgrade the processor on your PC any time soon to an eighth generation Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen, be prepared to get shut out on updates to Windows 7 and 8.1.

Apparently, Microsoft is halting upgrade support for those operating systems when combined with the newer hardware. If you try to use either OS with the newer processors, you will get the following message (via Overclock 3D):

"Unsupported Hardware

"Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows  and you won’t receive updates.
"Because of how this support policy is implemented, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices that have a seventh generation or a later generation processor may no longer be able to scan or download updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update."

Of course, you can still use either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but you will not get any updates - critical or otherwise - if you go with the newer generation of processors. This is a Microsoft decision, and one that AMD and Intel have no control over, despite what their customers may want. Microsoft is obviously pushing newer PCs touting the more powerful chips to use only Windows 10 if any type of update is expected. Unfortunately, that will be a blow to people who prefer the older OSs, but want the luxury of a faster PC.

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    March 17, 2017 10:05 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Microsoft Trying To Force Ryzen and Kaby Lake CPU Owners To Use Windows 10

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      March 17, 2017 10:11 AM


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      March 17, 2017 10:14 AM

      Thanks Bill

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      March 17, 2017 11:57 AM

      Where is the "this is a Microsoft decision" coming from? Isn't intel not releasing drivers? That's not in the article.

      Also, MS stopped support for these OSs . Security sure, but new hardware no. Is this really that unexpected?

      On second though, this error message seems oddly specific.

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        March 17, 2017 8:55 PM

        The source is from a MS Knowledge Base article, and Intel can't stop Windows Update from providing updates. I don't know if the block is happening, at least not yet, but the article proves they at least considered doing it and may still plan to.

        Not doing new development on 7 to support new hardware is understandable, if disappointing. Going out of your way to cripple OS features when it detects new hardware is ridiculous.

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      March 17, 2017 7:33 PM

      Lame, Skylake is safe though?

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