Despite Microsoft, Intel and AMD all stating that current generation processor platforms, namely Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen, are not supported on operating systems earlier than Windows 10, these latest parts do actually work on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Anyone running an older version of Windows on new hardware received a rude shock this week when the latest Patch Tuesday updates rolled around. That hardware includes Intel's 7th-generation chips, AMD Ryzen and Qualcomm's 8996 series of chips.
As pointed out by the Dark Side Of Gaming, Microsoft updated its support pages on March 9, 2017 to reflect this policy change. "And you won't receive updates". Microsoft didn't explain to me how it would charge users now the free Window is closed.
We already knew Microsoft was planning to offer official support exclusively for Windows 10 on the new Intel and AMD CPUs, but it seems the company is planning to go to great lengths to ensure these chips aren't used with older versions of the OS. That support policy made sense in bygone days, when PCs and operating systems evolved at a relatively slow pace. That's a pretty tough pillow to swallow for those that still want to cling on to Windows 7 (for whatever reason), and is likely a move that won't sit well with many consumers and businesses. While it's certainly true that Microsoft will optimise Windows 10 continually, it doesn't need to pull support for Windows Updates on new processors.
Will you be affected by Microsoft's decision to disable update on modern chips running older versions of Windows? While AMD has been mum on the subject, Intel previously confirmed that it has no plans of updating Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 drivers for Kaby Lake. And the problem is exacerbated by the company's messaging via Windows Update. We believe it could come with the next major Windows 10 update this year, now called Redstone 3, but new information suggests that it may be delayed by up to the end of 2018, possibly even to early 2019.
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PC builders hoping to upgrade their CPU may just have to consider upgrading their version of Windows to Windows 10 if they haven't already.