Microsoft turns off Windows 7/8.1 updates for Ryzen and Kaby Lake

Posted March 18, 2017

Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows Vista. Build 15061 is now available, but as has been the case in recent weeks, there are no new front-facing features; instead, Microsoft is focusing on fixing known issues and prepping the Creators Update for a final release.

Most will have moved on to something newer such as Windows 7 or Windows 10 (probably not Windows 8) so it may have gone unnoticed that was finally killing off the operating system.

Now, an error message shows on your PC's screen: "Unsupported Hardware: Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates". After a little blowback, it said it would support Skylake up to mid-2018, but Kaby Lake, Ryzen and Bristol Ridge are newer.

Previous year when Microsoft warned that it would restrict the most recent AMD's Ryzen processors and Intel's Kaby Lake chips to Windows 10, not many cared. Windows Vista came with an updated graphical user interface and visual style (dubbed Aero), along with a new search option called Windows Search, as well as a host of other improvements, including redesigned networking, audio, print and display sub-systems, and new multimedia tools.

Data from Net Marketshare reveals that as many as 48.41% of PC's on the web are still running Windows 7.

Windows 10 Creators Update will enable anyone to create, share and experience in 3-D and mixed reality, connect people faster to those they care about most, and empower every gamer to be a broadcaster.

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The only recourse affected users can apply is to upgrade to Windows 10, as previously mentioned, and is even endorsed by the support document.

The bottom line? If you're building or upgrading a system around Kaby Lake or Ryzen, it's pretty much Windows 10 or bust.

Windows 10 started out user-friendly as it brought back the well-liked start menu.

So we say goodbye to Windows Vista, Microsoft's misunderstood operating system.

Some virtual private network (VPN) connections weren't showing up in Settings Network & Internet VPN, but now they all should be there, Dona Sarkar, a software engineer in Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, wrote in a blog post.