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2018 Archive

New CPU’s will no longer get an updates on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

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While we knew it would happen we weren’t exactly sure when until now, Kaby-Lake owners running Windows 7 and 8.1 began receiving notices last month of their impending lack of support. PCGAMER is reporting that Ryzen and Kaby-Lake users who are running the older OS’s are actively having their operating system updates blocked.

According to Arstechnica users who tried to update their system received this Error message:
Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows. Because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version you are currently using, your system will miss important security updates. Please select the ‘Learn More’ link to address the situation.

A Microsoft spokesperson reported last September “As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support.”

CPU’s that are blocked by Microsoft are as follows:

  • Intel 7th Generation Kaby Lake
  • Intel 6th Generation Skylake
  • AMD Ryzen
  • AMD Bristol Ridge
  • Qualcomm 8996 (Snapdragon)

While it’s not a huge surprise, it’s still little shocking how swiftly it happen. At least according to PCGAMER the original plans for Sky-Lake lack of support were changed, only certain Skylake CPU’s etc. But, that’s clearly not the case here.

Microsoft says it’s because they couldn’t foresee the future development in hardware, and this is true in some cases.

If you own an AMD Ryzen or Kaby-Lake chip you are going to want to get Windows 10. It is unfortunate specifically for many who don’t particularly like Windows 10 but it’s your best bet to ensure you receive the patches to keep your computer and data more secure as well as functioning properly.

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