Windows Latest News: Microsoft's Windows 7 & 8.1 Update Set to Block Intel, AMD & Qualcomm
A recent report revealed that Microsoft would block Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm. This is in relation to the company's upcoming updates under Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
It can be recalled in 2016 that Microsoft announced a more strict support policy for PC running on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. It appears right now that the company is trying to impose the same on its upcoming launch. In other words, PCs powered by AMD, Intel, and even Qualcomm processors will not receive updates for the mentioned software versions.
According to Computer World, owners of the PCs with the most recent Qualcomm and AMD processors have received notification from the company. The message informs them that they will no longer receive security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1. The message went on saying that the user's computer is using a processor that is not supported by the version of Microsoft Windows and will not receive updates.
In addition, an error code 80240037 will be triggered when the user attempts to get updates from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. At present, the report has only been consistent for gadgets that run on 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake processors and Bristol Ridge for AMD or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip.
Earlier in 2016, Microsoft explained to a great length why such move would be made. It appears that the company is having trouble getting the OS run on the latest processors available in the market. In this regard, the Redmond-based tech giant decided to have only Windows 10 to run on the latest processors including the 7th generation chips.
Originally, Skylake was supposed to be included in the latest policy. However, the company opted to a decision that spares the processor. Now, security features and updates will still be provided for the Skylake systems on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, says Ars Technica.