Blocking Windows 7, 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake, Ryzen chips appears imminent

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

Microsoft (and its OEM partners) of course will no doubt that that Vista users will go out and purchase a brand new PC or laptop running Windows 10.

Microsoft is in the final stages of preparing the Windows 10 Creators Update, and rolling out Insider Builds at an accelerated rate.

However, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs running these new CPUs will not scan for updates or download them from Windows Update.

Less than 24 hours after it delivered build 15060 to Windows 10 Insiders on the Fast ring, Microsoft has shipped yet another build, 15061.

Microsoft has confirmed the move, saying: "This error occurs because new processor generations require the latest Windows version for support".

This makes it easy to forget the not-too-distant past when each new version of Windows seemed to get more cumbersome and less intuitive than the version that came before it.

Users can still install Windows 7 or 8.1 on these CPU architectures and CPU drivers will continue to work.

If the Android community has shown anything via XDA Developers it's that compatibility shouldn't be dependent on the hardware - not even the operating system.

What's unclear is whether Microsoft had pulled the trigger on the no-patches-for-older-Windows rule and was showing users the messages outlined by the support document.

According to PC Advisor, the new Surface device might run AMD Ryzen 7 instead of Intel Kaby Lake that is further supported by the description, "Intelligence powered by AMD, Ryzen and Radeon". Mainstream support for Windows 8.1 isn't scheduled until January 9, 2018, and extended support for windows 7 and 8.1 won't end until 2020 and 2023, respectively.

For example, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel's upcoming "Kaby Lake" silicon, Qualcomm's upcoming "8996" silicon, and AMD's upcoming "Bristol Ridge" silicon.

After the long wait for the Creators Update, it would not be good at all if users experienced problems downloading and installing the hefty upgrade.

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