Microsoft blocking Windows 7, 8 patches on new AMD, Intel chips

Last year Microsoft expressed that it would limit the latest Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen silicon to Windows 10. That made people wonder what would happen in case they tried running those computers using Windows 7 or Windows 8. The story is out now. Yes, no new patches.

Piece of a new Microsoft support document showed recently, applying the stick to those daring enough to try and pair an older Microsoft OS with the new silicon. Windows will block any updates from showing on your computer until it is upgraded to Windows 10.

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You may see one of two error messages in particular:

• ”Unsupported Hardware: Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows  and you won’t receive updates.”

• ”Windows could not search for new updates

An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.

Error(s) found: Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error.”

According to the company

This error occurs because new processor generations require the latest Windows version for support.

As Microsoft expressed earlier, those processor generations include Intel’s 7th-generation Core chips, Ryzen or AMD’s Bristol Ridge processors, and the Qualcomm 8996. The firm stated that Windows 10 is the sole Microsoft operating system supported on those chips. 

Microsoft reps did not respond when they were asked to explain. Sadly, the firm’s support document is consistent with the stand the firm has taken all along: that its latest operating system was made to complement the abilities of new silicon. But, blocking Windows Update patches to those systems using a dated OS appears terribly draconian. Why couldn’t the company work for some middle way like a disclaimer that there could be some incompatibility?