Core/32 Thread Ryzen CPU Is Next On AMD's Agenda - Watch Out Intel!

  • Core/32 Thread Ryzen CPU Is Next On AMD's Agenda - Watch Out Intel!

Core/32 Thread Ryzen CPU Is Next On AMD's Agenda - Watch Out Intel!

The company said Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform for the newest range of Intel and AMD processors - although the Intel chips still functioned with older versions of the operating system at launch (after a bit of tweaking). However, those who want to use a next-generation processor will have to upgrade their PC to Windows 10.

The problem will manifest only when you try to run Windows Update, when you'll see an error message: "Windows could not search for new updates" and "Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error".

As such, Microsoft is still heavily dependent on the adoption of its latest operating system version. So they've made a decision to roll out a processor check in Windows Update on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, preventing users from download updates if their system contains a Kaby Lake or Ryzen CPU. The question is how many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users read the company's blog posts-many of which are unlikely to appeal to the average consumer-or care about the company's seemingly arbitrary decision not to update now supported operating systems to support the latest-and-greatest processors.

Microsoft may be getting ready to enforce a new support policy for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that was announced a year ago, a recently-revised support document signaled.

The page goes on to say that Intel's 7th-gen and AMD's Bristol Ridge chips are affected (Kaby Lake and Ryzen respectively), along with the Qualcomm 8996, better known as the Snapdragon 820. Microsoft allows a limited number of component changes before invalidating your OS license, so it is a valid concern if you plan to upgrade an existing system with a 100-series chipset.

Microsoft's new policy is obviously not going to sit well with some users.

Earlier in the week, Microsoft snuck an update in on one of the support notes.

At the time, it said it would not be releasing drivers for Ryzen running on Windows 7.

Have you upgraded to Intel's Kaby Lake or AMD's Ryzen, but still refuse to give up on Windows 7? Any business that has a Windows Enterprise license with Software Assurance can install Windows 10 as part of their licensing rights, and the overwhelming majority of Kaby Lake systems in the market were sold with Windows 10 licenses; restoring that operating system won't incur any additional cost.

"May" certainly suggests a level of ambiguity here, and InfoWorld, which initially brought the update to light, points out that the new policy doesn't appear to have been implemented yet.