Is Microsoft blocking Win7/8.1 updates on Kaby Lake and Ryzen chips?


That last sentence, where Microsoft says it will automatically download updates to keep "Windows running smoothly", is absent in the current version of Windows 10.

"When we begin the phased rollout of the developer kits this month, the kits will include the Acer headset, along with documentation and access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and the software development kit (SDK) to enable developers to build mixed reality applications", said Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow, Microsoft. Recently, rumors have been circulating that the much-awaited hybrid tablet will be unveiled this spring and could be powered by the latest AMD Ryzen processor instead of Intel's Kaby Lake chipset. Users can check out the specs needed to run Windows 10 here, but even still, there is no easy upgrade path. Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10 expired on 29 July 2016, and didn't apply to Vista users anyway. Unfortunately, that will be a blow to people who prefer the older OSs, but want the luxury of a faster PC.

Past year when Microsoft warned that it would restrict the most recent AMD's Ryzen processors and Intel's Kaby Lake chips to Windows 10, not many cared. According to a Microsoft support document, you will see an error message if you attempt to download or scan updates through Windows. Maybe someone at Microsoft is just sick of Vista too. Today, OEMs still have copious quantities of PCs for sale using those 4th- and 5th-generation Intel products; those models make better business for businesses that anticipate staying with older Windows versions beyond 2018. 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. This means, no more security updates or any other kind of support, regardless of how critical the problem.

Moreover, the total shutdown, as pointed out by Hot Hardware, perplexes some.

It must be noted that Microsoft already ended mainstream support for Windows 7 in 2015, and its extended support will expire in 2020. What do you think is the company's motivation behind the move?

Expect there to be workarounds, the vast majority of Enterprise customers have no interest in moving their infrastructure to Windows 10, nor the budget available to do so if they wanted.



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