Microsoft Begins to Block Updates for New Hardware on Older Windows Versions

The day that some PC fans have dreaded is finally here. If you have a modern and new processor from Intel or AMD inside your PC and you are running a version of Windows other than Windows 10, you may have already seen the message from Microsoft pictured below. Microsoft has begun to deny users of PCs on Windows 7 or 8.1 security updates if their hardware has a modern processor inside such as an Intel Kaby Lake or an AMD Ryzen.

Microsoft first said that it would do this last fall and then never really stepped up and rolled the maligned program out. That roll out has now happened. It won’t make anyone who has spent money on a new processor recently happy to find out that they are being forced to buy a new version of Windows as well, but there are some reasons for this according to HotHardware.

The latest AMD and Intel processors have architectural benefits that the older versions of Windows don’t support. Rather than spend resources making these older versions of Windows work with the new processors, Microsoft wants to focus solely on Windows 10. Of course, there is the added benefit for Microsoft that this might finally force some PC gamers and enthusiasts to finally buy Windows 10, something more than a few Widnows 7 fans have been unwilling to do.

The big rub for end users who purchased these new processors and planned to continue to use their Windows 7 or 8.1 operating systems is that Microsoft has promised mainstream support for Windows 8.1 through January 2018. Essentially this means Microsoft is backtracking on that mainstream support promise if you have new hardware that wasn’t released when the promise was made.

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  • anon

    MS is idiot.
    Has been fucking up his professional & enterprise base since windows 8.

    Windows 10 is not suitable for professional usage, among others, because its not clear what information is sent back to Microsoft as “telemetry” so you can’t pass most quality/security certificates for enterprises. Moreover many programs are not compatible yet with W10 (CATIA, NX, Most FEM solutions, …) but are the most beneficated by the new CPU generations, specially the new AMD multicore CPUs.

    If people hates windows at work, be sure it will hate it at home.

    And yes, when I say professional, I don’t think on a guy with a adobe premiere license. I mean people whos license use or software deployment or workstation costs more than his yearly salary.

  • Syaoran

    I’m sure someone will figure out how they are doing it and find a way around it. Windows 10 is a clusterfuck!

  • Peter Sonatan

    I am speechless.. What is holding the guys back from upgrading to win 10 when the benefits are plain to see.

    • anon

      Enlight us.

      1. What can I do in W10 that I can’t do in W7?

      2. Of that list, which is the reason why W7 can’t do it (appart from lack of implementation will)?

      • Peter Sonatan

        I am not in any position to reply. Google the difference of the 2 versions and then find out from there. The short answer is more support for recent devices that on sales from 2015. I will not respond to any more thread that appear here. thanks.

        • anon

          The benefits were plain to see. Given that benefits are something you gain from what you have the answer should be as plain to see.
          More support from recent devices is an elliptic argument given the point here is: microsoft limits support to new hardware ON PURPOSE.

  • leexgx

    i like how it says to address the situation when its MS that has created the situation

  • Be My Guest

    Very Good