Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Lula West

Microsoft is blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on newer devices

Microsoft is blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on newer devices

Microsoft has argued that new processors work much better with a new OS, and it did not make sense to update a almost 10 year old OS to support the latest technology.

Confirmation that this previously announced policy will soon take effect came via an article recently published to Microsoft's support website. Devices powered by these processors must update to Windows 10 in order to receive updates from Microsoft. That hardware includes Intel's 7th-generation chips, AMD Ryzen and Qualcomm's 8996 series of chips.

Microsoft is understandably keen to promote the use of Windows 10, as the company's latest software offers a number of improvements and updates on past releases.

Although it might be possible to manually download and install updates for older Windows versions using management tools, Microsoft's official solution for oweners of affected systems is to upgrade to Windows 10. "And you won't receive updates".

Users who build their own devices are most at risk, particularly those who have an aversion to Windows 10, and insist on running older versions of Microsoft's platform.

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". It also runs counter to Microsoft CEO's rhetoric that he wanted to start "moving people from needing Windows, to choosing Windows, to loving Windows".

Apparently, Microsoft is halting upgrade support for those operating systems when combined with the newer hardware. We know that Broadwell isn't, after all; Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake parts both beat Broadwell in a wide range of games. But what that does also mean is that if there are additional things added to Windows that you dislike, you won't have any option to use an old version of Windows instead.

An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer. The company has recently released a statement through its community website, denying that there is an incompatibility with Ryzen and Windows 10.

Of course, you can still use either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but you will not get any updates - critical or otherwise - if you go with the newer generation of processors.

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