AMD denies Ryzen, Windows 10 incompatibility

  • AMD denies Ryzen, Windows 10 incompatibility

AMD denies Ryzen, Windows 10 incompatibility

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.

An error message could also appear in the Windows Update window, warning users that their device has encountered, "an unknown error".

Microsoft has been saying for many months now that Kaby Lake and Ryzen will only be supported in Windows 10.

Word started when a Microsoft support document leaked on Thursday, March 16, which specifically addresses those who have paired older Microsoft OSs with newer Intel or AMD chips.

If you're running an older version of Windows with a newer CPU, Microsoft is about to make it very hard for you to avoid upgrading to Windows 10. "And you won't receive updates".

"Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices that have a seventh-generation or a later generation processor may no longer be able to scan or download updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update".

Microsoft is giving Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users a heads up that if they attempt to download and install any OS updates, they may be blocked if they're running newer hardware.

It should however be clear now that if you want to use the latest hardware, if you plan to run Windows you should also be using the latest Microsoft software also. Going forward, new processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's recently-released Ryzen, would require the newest version of Windows. Mainstream support for Windows 8.1 isn't scheduled until January 9, 2018, and extended support for windows 7 and 8.1 won't end until 2020 and 2023, respectively.

Microsoft's recommended fix is, of course, to upgrade your system to Windows 10, even if it's working perfectly on an older OS. We know that Broadwell isn't, after all; Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake parts both beat Broadwell in a wide range of games. The company then decreed that Windows 10 would be the only supported edition on seventh-generation and later CPUs and simultaneously dictated a substantial shortening of Windows 7 support. But instead users will be updated to new versions of what I expect will become simply "Windows" in the future.