Blocking Windows 7, 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake, Ryzen chips appears imminent

Anyone running an older version of Windows on new hardware received a rude shock this week when the latest Patch Tuesday updates rolled around.

This error occurs because new processor generations require the latest Windows version for support.

If you are still running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 and have one of those processors in your computer, then it's time to move on to Windows 10.

Of course, with Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade having ended, it now costs between 4,000 baht and 7,500 baht to upgrade, depending on which version of Windows 10 you opt for.

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.

A new Knowledge Base article suggests the firm will essentially block Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors from running with Windows 7 or 8.1. The company (naturally) advised users affected by this problem to upgrade from their current operating system to Windows 10.

An error message could also appear in the Windows Update window, warning users that their device has encountered, "an unknown error".

Apparently, Microsoft is halting upgrade support for those operating systems when combined with the newer hardware.

"Because of how this support policy is implemented, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices that have [modern processors] may no longer be able to scan or download updates." the support document states.

As InfoWorld points out, it's not clear if Microsoft is actually blocking updates yet. There will be, it says, no Windows 11.

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). While there will be user benefits to this strategy, it also means that Microsoft is taking away a measure of control from users. "Based on our findings, AMD believes that the Windows 10 thread scheduler is operating properly for 'Zen, ' and we do not presently believe there is an issue with the scheduler adversely utilizing the logical and physical configurations of the architecture".

"And here I was thinking I couldn't hate Microsoft anymore than I already do", said another. But for others the whole thing will leave a new sour taste in their mouths.

  • Patricia Jimenez