Microsoft Admits Forcing More Users Onto Windows 10

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Microsoft Admits Forcing More Users Onto Windows 10

Last year, Microsoft announced that only Windows 10 would be supported on computers running the new Intel and AMD chips. With Windows 10 Creators Update merely weeks away, the company is trying to use every means possible to get people away from older versions, especially Windows 7, which still dominates the PC world with more than 40% market share.

The problem will manifest only when you try to run Windows Update, when you'll see an error message: "Windows could not search for new updates" and "Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error".

As pointed out by the Dark Side Of Gaming, Microsoft updated its support pages on March 9, 2017 to reflect this policy change.

As you might expect, the only solution according to Microsoft is to upgrade to Windows 10.

As such, Microsoft is still heavily dependent on the adoption of its latest operating system version.

If you happen to be running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 we have sad news for you.

Using Windows 7 on these latest systems is already awkward in many situations; the operating system has no built-in support for USB 3 or NVMe.

A new Knowledge Base article suggests the firm will essentially block Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors from running with Windows 7 or 8.1. It's a drastic approach for some, and it will most probably not sit well with Windows 7 or 8.1 holdouts. Specifically, Microsoft is no longer interested in updating older versions of Windows on systems with an Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen CPU inside (same goes for Qualcomm 8996).

When Microsoft said previous year that it would restrict the latest Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen silicon to Windows 10, enthusiasts wondered what would happen if they tried running those PCs using Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft warned users of their plans in January 2016 and again in August 2016, but this has not stopped Windows 7 fans from grousing and threatening to switch to Linux. Installing on Windows 8.1, however, is relatively smooth sailing, and with Kaby Lake's overwhelming similarity to Skylake, dropping support does feel rather unnecessary.

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

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