Microsoft Is No Longer Supporting Kaby Lake And Ryzen Processors On Windows 7 and 8.1
We’ve known for a long time that Microsoft had planned on blocking the installation of Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on machines that were using the latest Intel or Ryzen processors, but we didn’t know when such a block would be implemented. It turns out, the answer is today. If you’re using one of those processors on Windows 7 or 8.1 then you will no longer be eligible to receive Windows updates including security updates.
Those using such processes while attempting to install updates will be met with the following screen.
The policy was originally announced at the beginning of last year, but it was revised a few months later to provide clarity to the new policy. In short, Kaby Lake, Ryzen and future processors would only be supported on Windows 10. Microsoft has said that this policy was implemented due to the fact that more recent processes have features that did not exist when Windows 7 or 8.1 were developed and that supporting them on older platforms could be problematic.
In Microsoft’s defense, both Ryzen and Intel did make some major changes to several features with their newest line of processors so it is possible that supporting them on older systems could cause issues. Beyond that, Windows 7 does not contain support for USB 3 and NVMe. Furthermore, Windows 7 has been in extended support since 2015.
Windows 8, on the other hand, is less cut and dry. Unlike Windows 7, 8.1 does support both USB 3 and NVMe. Furthermore, 8.1 is still under mainstream support the so the OS is supposed to be getting functionality updates in addition to security updates.
Windows 8.1’s mainstream support policy will only be in effect for one more year and it might have been better for them to hold off on the implementation of this policy until it enters extended support. To do otherwise is simply unfair to those Windows 8.1 customers who are not yet ready to upgrade to 10. That being said, Microsoft has been very aggressive in its pushing of Windows 10 so it’s possible this is just an outgrowth of that.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.