Microsoft ready to block updates for Windows 7 on latest PCs

Microsoft ready to block updates for Windows 7 on latest PCs

As noted by Computer World, individuals with the latest AMD and Qualcomm processors are given a notification to let them know that they will no longer receive security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1. "Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates", one potential message stated.

This issue occurs with newer hardware equipped with 7th-generation Intel processors ("Kaby Lake") and AMD Ryzen ("Bristol Ridge") chips.

The change in support policies is a major change for Microsoft, which historically has supported Windows for 10 years regardless of hardware. 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.

Microsoft's recommended fix is, of course, to upgrade your system to Windows 10, even if it's working perfectly on an older OS.

Last year, Microsoft confirmed that it would restrict latest chips by AMD and Intel from running anything preceding Windows 10, and many wondered what would happen if their Kaby Lake or Ryzen-powered PCs were to run older versions of Windows. This allows for deep integration between the silicon and Windows.

As such, Microsoft is still heavily dependent on the adoption of its latest operating system version.

The question now becomes how many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are affected. Rather than mere benign neglect (not actively testing new patches on the new processors, but not stopping anyone from hitting Windows Update and installing them), the Knowledge Base article would suggest that Microsoft intends to implement a hard block, with Windows Update completely shutting out these new processors. And the problem is exacerbated by the company's messaging via Windows Update. After all, now, in addition to buying a new processor, you also have to pay for a new version of Windows 10.

But having updates blocked obviously takes the risk factor to a whole new level.

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.

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