Users running older versions of Windows on new chipsets will see the following warning
Microsoft has reportedly started to block any updates rolling out to new processors running old versions of Windows.
The Redmond technology company announced plans to roll-out the block earlier this year, however, it was unclear when the policy would be enforced.
However, now users across social media have started to report Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates being blocked on devices running AMD Ryzen and 7th Generation Intel Core processors, also dubbed Kaby Lake.
The block means machines powered by these newer processors will no longer be able to receive crucial security updates.
Microsoft announced the policy in January last year.
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Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors – as well as all new processors released on an ongoing basis – will only be supported by Windows 10.
Windows 7 and 8.1 will continue to support older chipsets, but their chip compatibility would be frozen.
Users who build their own devices are most at risk – particularly those who have an aversion to Windows 10 and insist would prefer to run a previous version of the Windows operating system.
Microsoft announced the policy earlier this year, but has now started to roll it out
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The block stops users with new hardware updating older versions of Windows
If a device with Windows 7 or 8.1 is upgraded with a new processor, it will no longer be able to download and install some of the latest and most important software updates offered by Microsoft.
Instead of the normal download screen, users are confronted with an error message warning that, "Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows.”
An error message could also appear in the Windows Update window, warning users that their device has encountered, “an unknown error”.
Microsoft has offered a workaround to the block on its support forums.
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It notes that devices with powerful processors, including the Intel 7th generation hardware and AMD’s Bristol Ridge, will require the latest version of Windows (i.e. Windows 10) to operate properly.
It adds: “Because of how this support policy is implemented, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices that have a seventh generation or a later generation processor may no longer be able to scan or download updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update.”
The blockbuster operating system update will gradually roll-out to users across the globe – a precautionary measure to ease the strain on Microsoft's servers on release day.
For those who can't wait for Windows 10 Creators Update to drop on their machine, you can use the manual Update Assistant tool to apply the update right now.