Microsoft to force Windows 10 on Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPUs?

Microsoft Forces Owners of Recent CPU Architectures to Use Windows 10

Yet another way to push Windows users of older versions to Windows 10, just like they're doing now with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. If it was the former, then Windows 10 was installed.

Microsoft has slightly tweaked this in the latest Windows Insider build (15058) so that it can still push critical updates, even if you've marked your Wi-Fi connection as metered.

If Microsoft is blocking Win7 or 8.1 patches on Kaby Lake or Ryzen processors, will running through WSUS Offline Update - which downloads and installs patches independently of Windows Update - bypass the block? It's also likely that AMD's new Ryzen processor is included in that list.

Although the sudden end of updates might come as a surprise to some PC owners, it isn't unexpected. The Creators Update where this new policy is found is still pre-release software but given Microsoft's response it's unlikely this will change.

We already knew Microsoft was planning to offer official support exclusively for Windows 10 on the new Intel and AMD CPUs, but it seems the company is planning to go to great lengths to ensure these chips aren't used with older versions of the OS.

When Microsoft initially announced the restrictions, they were also meant to impact some PCs that use 6th-generation Intel processors ("Skylake"), which went on sale in late 2015.

Microsoft is in the final stages of preparing the Windows 10 Creators Update, and rolling out Insider Builds at an accelerated rate.

But for many Vista users running a now stable operating system on a decent PC, their choice is not as clear cut.

Of course, devices built using pre-2015 chip designed, including Intel's Haswell and Broadwell families, are unaffected. There's no better way to do that than simply get rid of older versions of Windows. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users with new processors who run the Windows Update tool get one of two messages.

However, Microsoft's forceful attempts to make people install Windows 10 might be Linux's gain - there are a hundreds of Linux distros to choose from, from the popular Ubuntu and Mint distributions to Remix OS Android, for example.

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