For more than a year, we have known that the new generations of Intel and AMD processors would not get along well with older editions of Windows. If you want to use Windows 7 or Windows 8 / 8.1 with these processors you can do so, but there is no official support for those systems either by Microsoft or by AMD or Intel : all “recommend” using Windows 10 based systems.
This is one of the last and controversial techniques that Microsoft has used to force the update to Windows 10, but is that even getting install Windows 7/8 / 8.1 on these computers (something that is feasible with alternative methods), update those systems are Now becomes something especially complicated.
Install is possible, upgrade too (but not easy)
An article in Microsoft’s support database makes it clear that when we try to look for new updates for these systems we will be presented with an error stating that our hardware is not supported and that “Your PC uses a processor that is not compatible with this version of Windows and will not receive updates”.
The cause, Microsoft says is precisely the use of next-generation processors: both the Intel 7th generation (Kaby Lake) and the AMD ‘Bristol Ridge’ (Ryzen ‘Summit Ridge’) are not yet included in the article, but also Problems) and even the Qualcomm 8996 (Snapdragon 820) are incompatible with the updates for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Things become difficult for Windows users who want to continue to use those older versions of Windows in hardware configurations that maintain the capabilities and features of older processors or motherboards but that are “too new” to be used with Windows 10.
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AnandTech recently explained how to install Windows 7 on AMD Ryzen, and talked about the conflicts that USB support poses in such processes. One of the most accessible solutions is to install Windows 7 on a different computer (one that is compatible) and then install the AMD drivers and prepare an image of that system that “move” the new computer with the new hardware.
This will allow to use Windows 7 with AMD Ryzen and it is also possible to do the same (even easier) with the Intel micros (for example activating the xHCI mode or EHCI Handoff in the BIOS) directly, but once installed what yes We will have problems updating these versions of operating systems, which is especially painful considering that Windows 8.1 still has a few months of official support (until January 9, 2018) and five years of extended support ( 10 January 2023).
One of the options to try to solve this limitation imposed by Microsoft is to make use of offline upgrade tools. The WSUS Offline Update – which in spoke years ago – can be very useful, as they comment on the heated debate that is being held on Reddit on the subject. If you are in this situation, lucky with it.