Is Microsoft blocking Windows 7/8.1 updates on newer hardware?

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Is Microsoft blocking Windows 7/8.1 updates on newer hardware?

Postby parkd1 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:49 pm

A year ago, Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 would be the only Windows platform to support nextgen processors like Intel's Kaby Lake, AMD's Bristol Ridge, and Qualcomm’s 8996. The message then -- as now -- was clear: If you want to run a nextgen processor, you'll need Windows 10.

Last week, Microsoft published KB 4012982, with the title "'Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows' error when you scan or download Windows updates", suggesting that the restriction was now being enforced.

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In the article, Microsoft describes the "symptoms" of the error as:

When you try to scan or download updates through Windows Update, you receive the following error message:

Unsupported Hardware
Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows and you won’t receive updates.

Additionally, you may see an error message on the Windows Update window that resembles the following:

Windows could not search for new updates
An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.
Error(s) found:
Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error.

The "cause" of the error being:

This error occurs because new processor generations require the latest Windows version for support. For example, Windows 10 is the only Windows version that is supported on the following processor generations:

Intel seventh (7th)-generation processors
AMD "Bristol Ridge"
Qualcomm "8996"

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.

As noted by Woody Leonhard over at Woody on Windows, there’s a long thread on the topic on Reddit (naturally) but as of yet no one appears to have seen the error message "in the wild" so it’s likely updates aren’t currently being blocked (if you do see the error message we’d love to know).

Of course, updates being blocked through Windows Update -- when it eventually happens -- is an inconvenience rather than the end of the world, as there will no doubt be plenty of workarounds to enable nextgen processor owners to keep older Windows versions fully up to date. ... -hardware/

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Re: Is Microsoft blocking Windows 7/8.1 updates on newer hardware?

Postby TheAPGuy » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:08 am

Me thinks update sites like ours is about to inundated by people looking for update apps.

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Re: Is Microsoft blocking Windows 7/8.1 updates on newer hardware?

Postby Whatacrock » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:14 pm

KB4012218, KB4012219 Released to Block Windows 7/8.1 Updates on New Processors

Earlier this month, it has emerged that Microsoft would block Windows updates on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems with latest-generation processors, and now it turns out that the software giant is getting ready to enforce this restriction in the two operating systems.

This month’s preview updates, which are supposed to allow IT managers to test updates before they are shipped via Windows Update, include two patches that enable what Microsoft calls “processor generation detection” in Windows 7 and 8.1.

The two updates are KB4012218 and KB4012219, respectively, and are currently available via the Microsoft Update Catalog, as they’re still offered with a preview tag. As gHacks reports, the changelog is huge, but also includes a reference to Microsoft’s new policy.

“Enabled detection of processor generation and hardware support when PC tries to scan or download updates through Windows Update,” one of the lines in the changelogs reads.
"Updates to ship to Windows 7 and 8.1 next month"

Microsoft has already confirmed that the latest-generation processors, including here AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s Kaby Lake, would only be supported by Windows 10, so these new updates do not come as a big surprise. Especially given the recent news that updates would be blocked for systems running the newer chips, that is.

Redmond’s announcement was made by Terry Myerson in January 2016, who explained that Windows 10 is the only OS version coming with features to take full advantage of the technology bundled in the latest processors.

“Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon,” he said.

These two updates are projected to be pushed to all Windows 7 and 8.1 systems next month as part of the Patch Tuesday cycle on April 11. ... 4158.shtml
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