Microsoft ready to block updates for Windows 7 on latest PCs

Currently, Windows 7 and 8.1 users will receive the following error when scanning or attempting to download Windows updates.

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft recommends that users upgrade to Windows 10, although that's likely to involve buying a new laptop.

A new Knowledge Base article suggests the firm will essentially block Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors from running with Windows 7 or 8.1. That operating system is in mainstream support until January 2018, and during mainstream support Microsoft can potentially deliver feature improvements and other non-security updates.

Microsoft had worked hard to make Vista (codename Longhorn) a more secure operating system, after Redmond noted industry concerns about security vulnerabilities and susceptibility to malware and viruses of previous Windows incarnations.

"Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates", one potential message stated. Recently, rumors have been circulating that the much-awaited hybrid tablet will be unveiled this spring and could be powered by the latest AMD Ryzen processor instead of Intel's Kaby Lake chipset.

The website received news of the launch from "sources familiar with the company's plans", it explained, although those sources wouldn't reveal exactly when punters can expect to be using the update on their device.

The last move - which took place in August - meant that only seventh-generation and later processors from AMD and Intel were on Windows 7's and 8.1's no-support lists.

It's a move that looks created to force users of the newer hardware to update to the latest version of Windows, as not doing so will leave their software open to security threats.

The solution - you guessed it - is to upgrade to Windows 10.

The Creators Update changes that by offering Windows 10 users three choices. Users think that this update is just to increase the market share of Windows 10.

Some virtual private network (VPN) connections weren't showing up in Settings Network & Internet VPN, but now they all should be there, Dona Sarkar, a software engineer in Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, wrote in a blog post.

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