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

Yolanda Curtis
March 18, 2017

However, AMD also states in its community update that it has reviewed the available evidence concerning the limited performance of Ryzen on both Windows operating system versions and firmly believes that there is no issue with scheduling differences between Windows 7 and Windows 10.

The document says that such errors occur because newer processor generations require the latest version of Windows for support.

Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates. However, at this point, it looks as if the case is only true for gadgets that run on the seventh generation processors from Intel (Kaby Lake) and AMD (Bristol Ridge) or the next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. When Microsoft first announced this policy, Skylake processors were also set to be affected, but the company changed its mind, making an announcement in August 2016. But the estimated 47% of worldwide computer users who still use Windows 7 (and the 8% on Windows 8.1) need to account for the cost of Windows 10 as part of a Kaby Lake upgrade. Windows 8.1 won't hit its end of life until next year, Vole is switching off its support early for new chips.


Users who build their own devices are most at risk, particularly those who have an aversion to Windows 10, and insist on running older versions of Microsoft's platform. Microsoft did not immediately reply to questions, including whether it is now sniffing for Windows 7 and 8.1 on PCs running the banned silicon, and if it has not, when it would. While AMD has been mum on the subject, Intel previously confirmed that it has no plans of updating Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 drivers for Kaby Lake.

Patrons of the Surface Pro laptops are eager for the next update since Microsoft's last release was back in 2015 with the Surface Pro 4.

Systems with older hardware should still be receiving updates.


Microsoft has warned that new computers running the latest Intel and AMD chips will only run Windows 10.

Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error. And the problem is exacerbated by the company's messaging via Windows Update. It's a drastic approach for some, and it will most probably not sit well with Windows 7 or 8.1 holdouts.


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