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AMD's Ryzen 5 series is here to challenge Intel's Core i5 processors

AMD's Ryzen 5 series is here to challenge Intel's Core i5 processors

Microsoft says "Because of how this support policy is implemented, 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".

Previously, it was thought that users running these latest Intel or AMD processors with Windows 7/8.1 would simply be doing so at their own risk in terms of not having the correct driver support, and suffering from possible instability or incompatibility issues. These processors include the Bristol Ridge, or Ryzen, from AMD; the Qualcomm 8996; and Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake chips. When Microsoft first announced this policy, Skylake processors were also set to be affected, but the company changed its mind, making an announcement in August 2016.

This update lock will no doubt annoy users who are running the latest hardware, but for whatever reason would rather not upgrade to Windows 10. In practice, this is unlikely; Windows 10 is the only operating system receiving any meaningful feature development now, with Windows 8.1 only likely to receive security fixes from now until its end of support in 2023 anyway.

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The former software engineer then goes on to suggest that the low adoption rate of Windows 10 might be the real reason for Microsoft's scrapping of support for older operating systems on newer CPUs. 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.

Users have noted that devices running older versions of Windows are unable to download and install vital updates, potentially leaving their PCs at risk of attack. While that seems simple enough to do we'd like to point out that upgrading to Windows 10 Home will cost you R2 335 or R3 999 if you'd like the Pro version.

Have you upgraded to Intel's Kaby Lake or AMD's Ryzen, but still refuse to give up on Windows 7?

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Users may also receive an unknown error message when attempting to search for updates on an older version of Windows.

An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer. It is still, however it's spun, trying to get a greater number of people off Windows 7 and 8 and onto Windows 10.

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