Third-party patch removes Windows Update restrictions for PCs with new chips, old OS

Last month Microsoft blocked Windows Update from working on computers with Intel Skylake or AMD Bristol Ridge or newer chips if those computers are also running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. In other words, if you have a new CPU, Microsoft wants you to run its newest operating system, Windows 10. And the company is […]

Have a Kaby Lake/Ryzen CPU and Windows 7 or 8? Say goodbye to Windows Updates

Microsoft really wants you to run Windows 10. So while the company continues to offer security updates and bug fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (and Windows Vista for a few more weeks), the company announced last year that it would not support those operating systems for devices with the latest Intel and AMD chips. […]

Update: AMD Ryzen chips won’t support Windows 7 after all

AMD’s upcoming Ryzen processors are expected to be up to 40 percent faster than the company’s previous chips, giving Intel’s high-end desktop processors a run for their money. And, as we reported earlier this month, an article fom German site ComputerBase suggested AMD processors might also offer something Intel’s latest chips don’t: official support for Windows 7. But […]

AMD’s Ryzen chips may support Windows 7, unlike Intel Kaby Lake (Update: Nope)

AMD’s first chips based on the company’s new “Zen” architecture are coming soon, and despite a report from last year to the contrary, it looks like AMD will officially support Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems. Rival Intel, meanwhile, does not offer Windows 7 drivers for its 7th-gen Core […]

Intel and AMD’s latest chips won’t support Windows 8.1 or earlier (at least not officially)

Windows 10 has been available for more than a year, so it’s not surprising that most new PCs ship with the operating system. But if you really want Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you can always install it yourself. A handful of PC vendors will even offer to load an older version of Windows for […]

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates are now cumulative (which means fewer individual updates to install)

Microsoft may have tried its best to get Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to update to Windows 10 by the end of July, but there are still millions of people using the company’s older operating systems. So now Microsoft is making it a little easier for those users to keep their computers up to […]

Keeping Windows 7, Windows 8.1 up to date just got way easier

Microsoft would really like you to use Windows 10… but if you’re not ready to make the switch from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the company is continuing to support those operating systems with security updates and bug fixes. If you have automatic updates enabled, you’ve probably received a whole bunch of them by now. […]