Now Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 And 8.1 Updates On Kaby Lake
Microsoft announced a shift in the way it would support Windows, last year. With measures and processors, Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s recently launched Ryzen. Since would require the newest version of Windows newer than Windows 8.1. Windows 7 and 8.1 users would be out of luck, Microsoft showing no relief with no plans to support the new generation chips on the Microsoft’s old OS.
Intel Skylake got skipped, but Microsoft partially relented. Hence saying new policy would only security holes for Skylake systems running Windows 7 and 8.1 showing no difference as Windows 7, is already in extended support. Security fixes will be provided in Windows 7 until 2020. It means that Windows 8.1 will be out sooner, until January 2018. And during mainstream support Microsoft can potentially deliver feature improvements and other non-security updates. Windows 8.1 only likely to receive security fixes from now until its end of support in 2023.
Surprisingly, The software giant actively enforcing this restriction for Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors only rather than mere benign neglect not actively testing new patches on the new processors. But not stopping anyone from hitting Windows Update and installing them. The Knowledge Base article would suggest that Microsoft intends to implement a hard block with Windows Update completely shutting out these new processors. This doesn’t seem to have taken effect just yet. This week’s Patch Tuesday updates seem to download and work on Ryzen and Kaby Lake systems. The existence of the that KB article might go away.
Windows 7 for newer PC’s has no built-in support for USB 3 or NVMe. Both will be a pain during installation. Installing on Windows 8.1, however, is relatively smooth sailing, and with Kaby Lake’s overwhelming similarity to Skylake, dropping support does feel rather unnecessary.