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

When some people were going through the Windows 10 out-of-box-experience (OOBE) to set up the operating system, tapping on the birthday field when making a new account sometimes caused a crash. Shortly after it released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15058, which addressed many problems found in previous releases, Microsoft squashed even more bugs with Build 15060.

You will need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you are using AMD's Bristol Ridge, the Qualcomm 8996 chip, AMD's Ryzen, processors, and Intel's 7th-generation Core chips, according to Microsoft.

It was previously thought that earlier versions of Windows would have some form of compatibility issues with the new CPUs, but the lack of support from Microsoft means there will also be major security concerns to consider for users. Britain's National Health Service is still using a lot of Windows XP systems, for example, and Microsoft will support these at a cost of $200 per desktop for year one, $400 for year two, and $800 for a third year. The only difference is that they won't receive security updates, leaving workstations exposed to malware and exploits.

Though the Surface Pro 5 was previously speculated to arrive with Intel's latest Kaby Lake processor, new reports now claim that the upcoming hybrid tablet will be powered by AMD's new Ryzen processor. Yet another way to push Windows users of older versions to Windows 10, just like they're doing now with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Data from Net Marketshare reveals that as many as 48.41% of PC's on the web are still running Windows 7. This one is the build 15061 and as you can expect, it brings no new features but another fresh coat of paint ahead of the release of the Creators Update.

The move to not support Windows 7 and 8.1 was taken by Microsoft, and not by the respective CPU makers.

In the Knowledge Base article, the company says: "This error occurs because new processor generations require the latest Windows version for support". We're close to Microsoft signing-off on the Creators Update now, so these builds should be "final build" quality.

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