Microsoft to Block Updates for Windows 7 & 8.1 in latest PCs

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Looks like Microsoft is back to applying pressure tactics that force users to upgrade to Window 10.

According to a new support policy document released by Microsoft, PCs powered by the latest Intel, AMD & Qualcomm processors will be blocked from receiving security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.


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.


This message will be triggered when you try to update Windows 7 or 8.1 devices powered by 7th generation processors by Intel (Kaby Lake), AMD (Bristol Ridge) & Qualcomm (Snapdragon 820). These processors will only be supported by Windows 10.

In January 2016, Microsoft announced a new-silicon support limitation, when it said that making Windows 7 & 8.1 run on latest processors was challenging. They later decided that Windows 10 will be the only OS supported on 7th generation and later processors. At the same time, they also shortened the Windows 7 support deadline to July 17, 2017. They backtracked on this announcement and extended the deadline to July, 2018.



The discovery of the latest support document has caught many users by surprise, and has annoyed many.

“Chipsets are supposed to be the responsibility of Intel or AMD, not Microsoft and their pressure tactics,” added Rattlesnake_Shake on a Reddit thread today.

“The more they push Windows 10, the more I get convinced that Windows 7 is the last one I use.”, complained user en_men_lu_ana


Windows 7 was originally supposed to receive security updates until Jan. 14, 2020, while Windows 8.1’s support is to end on Jan. 10, 2023.