Is Microsoft blocking Win7/8.1 updates on Kaby Lake and Ryzen chips?


It’s hard to pin down the source of a flame war like the one currently underway in the Windows blog echo chamber. Yes, Microsoft’s , published last week, says that Microsoft will actively block Win7 and 8.1 updates on the newer hardware. There’s a mighty on the topic. Bloggers are beating their chests about it, although Microsoft first more than a year ago.

What I want to know: Have you seen the warning message?

I’ve looked high and low and can’t find anybody running a Kaby Lake or Ryzen processor (or Qualcomm 8996, for that matter) who’s had their Win7 or 8.1 patches blocked.

, attempting to update Win7 or 8.1 on one of those newer machines should result in errors:

on YouTube showing that he was able to install and update Win 8.1 on a Kaby Lake processor on Jan. 24. Has something changed since then?

If Microsoft is blocking Win7 or 8.1 patches on Kaby Lake or Ryzen processors, will running through — which downloads and installs patches independently of Windows Update — bypass the block?

If you’ve been blocked, I’d sure like to hear about it. Post your real world results on the .