While Windows 10 is a justifiable update for most people as long as they make some tweaks to the privacy settings, Users running Windows 7 and Windows 8 have their reasons not to upgrade to the latest version of OS. And now it looks like the Redmon Giant is being a bit too harsh on these users.
On a new support document that went online Thursday, the company made it clear that it will be blocking all updates to users on newest processors unless they upgrade to Windows 10. The company said that you would get one of the following two error messages:
- ”Unsupported Hardware: Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows and you won’t receive updates.”
- ”Windows could not search for new updates
An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.
Error(s) found: Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error.”
Microsoft has given some reasons for this move; the company said,: “As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon.”
As per Microsoft, users running Intel’s 7th generation core chips, AMD’s Razer Processors or Bristol Bridge processors or users running Qualcomm 8996 will be affected, and the only Windows 10 will be supported on these processors.
While the reasons for doing this by Microsoft are not completely invalid, it still seems draconian. If you are someone running Windows 7 or 8 on chips mentioned above, the only way to get updated patches is moving to Windows 10, or even jumping on Linux train.