Microsoft says it's blocking Windows 7, 8 patches on latest AMD, Intel chips

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When Microsoft said last year that it will prohibit the newest Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen silicon to Home windows 10, fanatics questioned what would occur in the event that they tried operating these PCs utilizing Home windows 7 or Home windows eight. Now we all know: no new patches.

Phrase of a brand new Microsoft support document surfaced Thursday, making use of the persist with these daring sufficient to attempt to pair an older Microsoft OS with the newest silicon. The upshot: Home windows will block any updates from showing in your PC till you improve to Home windows 10.

Particularly, you may even see one in every of two error messages, Microsoft stated:

  • ”Unsupported Hardware: Your PC makes use of a processor that isn’t supported on this model of Home windows  and also you gained’t obtain updates.”
  • ”Home windows couldn't seek for new updates
    An error occurred whereas checking for brand spanking new updates in your pc.
    Error(s) discovered: Code 80240037 Home windows Replace encountered an unknown error.”

In response to Microsoft, “This error happens as a result of new processor generations require the newest Home windows model for help,” the doc says. As Microsoft has said earlier than, these processor generations embrace Intel’s Seventh-generation Core chips, AMD’s Bristol Ridge, or Ryzen, processors, and the Qualcomm 8996. Home windows 10 is the one Microsoft OS supported on these chips, Microsoft stated. 

In explaining its transfer, Microsoft reiterated a Jan. 2016 statement that the newest silicon calls for the newest software program, and vice versa. “As new silicon generations are launched, they'll require the newest Home windows platform at the moment for help. This permits us to give attention to deep integration between Home windows and the silicon, whereas sustaining most reliability and compatibility with earlier generations of platform and silicon.” 

Why this issues: Sadly, Microsoft’s help doc is completely according to the stance the corporate has taken all alongside: that its most trendy OS was constructed to go hand-in-hand with the capabilities of recent silicon. Nevertheless, blocking Home windows Replace patches to these techniques that use an older OS appears awfully draconian. Couldn’t Microsoft attempt for some center floor, reminiscent of a disclaimer that there could be some incompatibility?

Up to date at 12:38 PM on March 17 with a press release from Microsoft.

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