Microsoft has previously gone on record to state that it plans to stop releasing Windows 7/8.1 updates for both Ryzen (AMD) and Kaby Lake (Intel) processors. While the company has never been clear on when it will commence with the stoppage, reports have begun pouring in that it may have already begun.
Several users who recently attempted to fetch Windows 7/8.1 updates on the aforementioned processors were met with an 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,” reads the message.
According to Microsoft, the older operating systems are unable to fully support the new features and capabilities of Ryzen and Kaby Lake. This is true and as an example, Windows 7 is without native support for USB 3.0 or NVMe. Hence, users are advised to upgrade themselves to Windows 10, which will allow Microsoft to “focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon.”
Windows 10 recently received its highly anticipated Creators Update, which introduced the new Game Mode for better system optimization while playing games. Elsewhere in its continuous spree of revised policies, Microsoft also banned emulators from its Windows Store. Microsoft has not revealed the reason behind banning all system emulators for Windows Store, however, it might be related to Xbox Live Creators Program.
Microsoft first announced its revised update policy to stop releasing Windows 7/8.1 updates back in January 2016. At the time, Microsoft was focused on blocking updates to Skylake systems, though this was later revised. As it stands now, some Skylake systems are still being supported in Windows 7 and 8.1, while others are not.
via PC Gamer