Confirmation that this previously announced policy will soon take effect came via an article recently published to Microsoft's support website. "Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates", one potential message stated.
Unless Microsoft sees the outrage which has erupted in some corners of the internet over this, accusing them of engaging in another underhand way to push Windows 10 upgrades - and the company thinks better of it. While the operating system prioritizes main threads over secondary threads with Intel processors, it treats all threads as equal with AMD.
Microsoft's recommended fix is, of course, to upgrade your system to Windows 10, even if it's working perfectly on an older OS. The company said in a January 2016 blog post that it would only support new silicon with Windows 10-older operating systems would be restricted to older processors. So users with those operating systems will also be forced to upgrade in order to keep updates coming. Windows 7 debuted in 2009, and Windows 8.1 was released in 2013. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon. We know that Broadwell isn't, after all; Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake parts both beat Broadwell in a wide range of games. But instead users will be updated to new versions of what I expect will become simply "Windows" in the future.
With Windows 10 now installed on over half a billion devices worldwide, it seems foolish to try and resist upgrading to the new software.
"Ryzen will ultimately bring innovation and competition to virtually every segment of the PC market, and Ryzen 5 is the next big step on that journey, created to achieve new levels of compute performance for millions of PC users", said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's computing and graphics group.
However, Microsoft's forceful attempts to make people install Windows 10 might be Linux's gain - there are a hundreds of Linux distros to choose from, from the popular Ubuntu and Mint distributions to Remix OS Android, for example.