Blocking Windows 7, 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake, Ryzen chips appears imminent

The new operating system from Microsoft, which came out in 2015, is speedier and safer than previous versions of Windows.

KB4012982 describes the error you will see if you attempt to update Windows 7 or 8.x on 7th generation Intel processors, AMD Bristol Ridge and newer or Qualcomm "8996" and more recent models.

Anyone running an older version of Windows on new hardware received a rude shock this week when the latest Patch Tuesday updates rolled around.

Microsoft may be getting ready to enforce a new support policy for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that was announced past year, a recently-revised support document signaled.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update is overflowing with fresh features and helpful tweaks and is said to release by the end of this month.

Data from Net Marketshare reveals that as many as 48.41% of PC's on the web are still running Windows 7. Going forward, new processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's recently-released Ryzen, would require the newest version of Windows.

Windows 7 is to receive security updates until January 14, 2020, while Windows 8.1's support is to end on January 10, 2023. "We'll keep trying in case new updates become available" in Windows Update.

The move to not support Windows 7 and 8.1 was taken by Microsoft, and not by the respective CPU makers.

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This was expected sooner or later, but the software giant could be a little too harsh, as it is now forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10 instead of continuing to use the older operating systems.

According to Microsoft, after this date the operating system will no longer receive security updates, non-security hotfixes, assisted support options or online technical content updates.

YouTube creator and former Microsoft senior software developer, Jerry Berg unpacked this massive change in a video earlier this week and offered up a few controversial suggestions as to why Microsoft has made this decision. I do think members of the Windows Insider team know that we, enthusiasts and Microsoft watchers, like looking for these kind of clues and might just be messing with us from build to build!

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