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Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Microsoft begins blocking updates for older Windows versions on newer hardware


It seems Microsoft will not provide Windows updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 on any computers running on these new processors. This move will of course be heralded as brilliant and no one could possibly find this upsetting in the least, especially not in this Reddit thread. If you think that's overkill, consider the Windows 10 Anniversary Update's slew of nasty bugs, or this tale of woe over at How-To-Geek, where Chris Hoffman complains about Windows 10's automatic updates breaking his PC mere days ago.

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".

While Microsoft and other fretted about businesses not ditching Windows XP because they loved it so much, the task of switching off official life support on 11 April will be much more straight forward. Error (s) found: "Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error".

It was previously thought that earlier versions of Windows would have some form of compatibility issues with the new CPUs, but the lack of support from Microsoft means there will also be major security concerns to consider for users. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 would be out of luck, with Microsoft having no plans to support the new chips on the old operating systems.

The Creators Update will also include a new Game Mode, 3D Paint, mixed reality headsets support, a picture-in-picture mode, and improvements to Microsoft Edge's tab mode.

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

AMD Ryzen chips have just started becoming available.

When some people were going through the Windows 10 out-of-box-experience (OOBE) to set up the operating system, tapping on the birthday field when making a new account sometimes caused a crash.

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.

Microsoft has slightly tweaked this in the latest Windows Insider build (15058) so that it can still push critical updates, even if you've marked your Wi-Fi connection as metered.

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