Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 and 8.1 on Newer Hardware

Microsoft over a year ago announced that it will no longer provide support for Windows 7 and 8 in the future date that uses modern processors and according to several reports, the company has started to block updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 machines using either of AMD or Intel’s latest chips. Consumers who are trying to install the latest cumulative updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 on the newer hardware were greeted with this message:

Unsupported Hardware

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

In a recent support article, the company mentioned that Windows 10 is the only supported version of windows on latest processors such as 7th-generation processors, AMD “Bristol Ridge” (Ryzen), and Qualcomm’s “8996” series. However, if you are currently using Windows 7 or 8.1 machine on older hardware, you should be unaffected and continue to receive updates through each OS’s support end date of January 14, 2020 and January 10, 2023, respectively but if you are using a more recent hardware, then you will need to start using Windows 10.


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