Upgrading to Ryzen or Kaby Lake? Say goodbye to Windows 7 and 8.1
Microsoft is slowly locking down system updates for its older operating systems. If you happen to get a Ryzen or Kaby Lake processor, don’t expect any Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 support. Users with the new CPUs will get the following message: “Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows”. The solution? Upgrade to Windows 10.
Microsoft’s support page says that Windows 10 is the only OS to support these new hardware configurations. Without going to Windows 10 there is no way to receive important updates.
This isn’t completely surprising. Besides Microsoft spending a lot of time and effort trying to get as many people onto Windows 10 instead of other versions, AMD also mentioned that it wouldn’t be releasing drivers for Ryzen on Windows 7. Windows 8.1 is slightly different though, as that isn’t technically over its lifespan until next year, so locking out 8.1 feels a tad cheeky. I guess Microsoft feels that if you can pay for the latest processor, you can cough up for the latest OS too.