AMD denies Ryzen, Windows 10 incompatibility

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Specs List To Feature AMD Ryzen 7 Chip & Not Intel Kaby Lake

Despite Microsoft, Intel and AMD all stating that current generation processor platforms, namely Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen, are not supported on operating systems earlier than Windows 10, these latest parts do actually work on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Confirmation that this previously announced policy will soon take effect came via an article recently published to Microsoft's support website. 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. The upshot: Windows will block any updates from appearing on your PC until you upgrade to Windows 10. How Microsoft could withhold updates on this OS regardless of hardware, while it's still actively supported, is puzzling, to say the least. Microsoft didn't explain to me how it would charge users now the free Window is closed.

According to, the issue is caused by the difference between how the Windows operating system handles threading between Intel and AMD processors.

If the Android community has shown anything via XDA Developers it's that compatibility shouldn't be dependent on the hardware - not even the operating system.

We've known for a long time that Windows 7 has been the greatest challenge to Windows 10 adoption, but now there's more validation of that. The article talks about Windows updates being disabled for Kaby Lake/Ryzen machines running these older operating systems, which presents a pretty much insurmountable barrier. For example, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel's upcoming "Kaby Lake" silicon, Qualcomm's upcoming "8996" silicon, and AMD's upcoming "Bristol Ridge" silicon.

In effect, this means that if you are running one of the newest CPUs and either Windows 7 or 8.1, Windows Update will refuse to update.

What's unclear is whether Microsoft had pulled the trigger on the no-patches-for-older-Windows rule and was showing users the messages outlined by the support document. Extended support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 end on January 14, 2020, and January 10, 2023, respectively.



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