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It’s official – upcoming processors from both Intel and AMD will only have official support on Windows 10. PCWorld has obtained statements from Microsoft, Intel, and AMD confirming that that upcoming Kaby Lake and Zen processors will not be certified to work with Windows 7 or 8.1, as well as the reasoning behind it.

While not officially required for the system to boot, there are drivers and changes within Windows that must be present to fully accommodate new hardware. Microsoft has adamant to get as many users on Windows 10 as possible, even after the year-long period of free upgrades expired last month.

However, without official support, various errors and problems can arise. Full acceleration on the integrated GPU may not be possible, power saving features may not activate, and thread scheduling may be sub-optimal.

PCWorld asked Microsoft why they were choosing to cut support. “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.” , Microsoft said.

The responses from Intel and AMD also indicated that they had no plans to add support separately from Microsoft. This will leave system builders upgrading to newer processors as well as OEM’s with no choice other than Windows 10 if they want to stay on Windows, and want up-to-date 

Many users and businesses are reluctant to switch to Windows 10 due to policies of forced upgrades and privacy concerns. Microsoft’s latest 1607 Update to Windows 10 made changes that attempt to thwart changes to Cortana as well as locking it into Bing.

Intel’s Kaby Lake will launch by the end of the year. Kaby Lake will be an improvement to Skylake but without a node shrink nor significant architectural changes. AMD’s Zen is a completely new architecture and will release in 2017.

What do you think of Microsoft’s decision? Will this make you look into Windows alternatives or upgrade to Windows 10? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


John Quilty

Staff Writer

I've been a lover of video games, writing, and technology for as long as I remember. I have a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I'm happy to write about gaming and technology for TechRaptor.



  • ASCHGRAU_SEE

    Why is Microsoft cutting support? Because Microsoft is full of shit. I can’t believe how anti-consumer they’re being with all this forced upgrade bullshit, and I really hope Linux starts to make dents in their customer base soon. Or Mac, I guess.

  • not the only one who hates windows god awful monopoly soon i will be out of a job because the moment 10 contracts a virus it obstinately refuses us to use any tools beyond micro$ofts garbage programs whats next lock it down so much that reformatting is the only way to have a functioning OS hell we had a few surfaces brick because the elderly love to forget their passwords to computers that have no usb ports or docking options. the HP surfaces if you use a local account and forget the password congrats you now have a 300 dollar door stop if you got the cheap one 600 for the decent one.

  • As long as they continue to support Linux, I’m good.

  • R.J.

    Guess more lawsuits will need to happen before they get their act together.

  • FlamingoJet

    Cue people complaining about things they don’t understand.

    It only supports Wilndows 10 because of the technology being used by the Operating System. It wasn’t and can’t be built into past versions as it requries changes on the architecual level which would cause massive instability.

    I love how people think they can just sit around on old Windows and hardware and then complain when they aren’t supported, anymore despite MASSIVE warnings that you will need to upgrade.

    We’ve been telling you guys for years, you need to get onto the next Windows when it came out.

  • Blank Generation

    I’ll just stick to the 6700k then when I build a new rig soon. Should get me far enough along. I don’t see myself sticking with gaming past this generation with how bad it’s getting anyway, and I’m certainly not upgrading to Win10 now or ever. I guess I’ll just be like one of those people who’s still using XP.

  • Le Belge

    But i don’t want to “get onto the next Windows when it came out” because the next windows suck. Not the technical side of it, the “i try to upgrade you without your input” side of it. The “i put fucking ads in your start menu” side of it. And more….

    If i was not a player, i would have dropped windows for linux decades ago…

  • FlamingoJet

    Thlis arguement holds no water. A lot of the arguments hold no water.

    Obeserve: http://i.imgur.com/r99npGA.png

    Not one ad in site.

    The only time you get ads is on certain apps from the app store and they are not required.

  • FlamingoJet

    This is not wise and will not last.

  • FlamingoJet

    It’s not forced upgrade bs.

  • Tereus Kolibri

    I don’t understand these people. When it comes to an OS on their mac or linux or even on their ios and android phones. They are so eager to upgrade and get angry when they cant, yet here, when given a free upgrade for windows they are all anti-microsoft. I find it strange behaviour.

  • DrearierSpider

    Just game on Linux. If you’re not that into gaming anyways, the selection of Linux games should do just fine for you and we all know future versions of Windows are only going to get worse.

  • Caio Pontes

    I’d rather not have spyware installed natively on my machine, thank you.

  • Cenobite

    This should get interesting. More, and more of the old farts demographic are going to tablets, and smart phones. Easily portable, wireless, and with cloud based storage for their precious pictures, and saved emails from relatives they are buying less PC’s. Since most of what they use is either Mac or Android OS, and most of them that I talk to won’t touch a PC because Windows 8 left a bad taste in their mouths. Microsoft is starting to look like IBM in that demographic since their offerings carry the MS brand.

    Meanwhile in the business world the IT departments won’t like anything they cannot lock down, or compartmentalize for security purposes. So we’re seeing office computing going to cloud client computing solutions. The dumb terminal makes its return to the computing world. Ah the more things change the more they stay the same.

    With these terminals the IT department can stay at Windows 7 or 8 for their interface with the employee completely locked down, and use virtual CPU’s to run the applications. Your department is having issues with running its apps lets tack on another VCPU up here. The hardware at the desk does not have to be a massive processor with tons of ram, and so when the hardware fails they toss it, and hook up a new one. Bingo back up in minutes with nothing lost. Software licenses easily managed so your company doesn’t get Ernie Balled for the extra slinky.

    So that leaves students, telecommuters, small businesses, and we who game. So we know that most students will also game at some level, but a lot of them will want laptops so no massive hardware, and limits based on budget. Small businesses are starting to use more and more tablets, and phones, and less PC’s and certainly less massive rigs like a gamer would build. Unless your business needs that power. Evidence for this is the Square by Amex, a point of sale on your portable device. Soon I will bet that you won’t even need the reader just tap your phone to the customers and bingo payment.

    Telecommuters (work from home folks) a lot of them I suspect are gamers, and have serious equipment, but in all honesty they tend to use web apps, VOIP, VPN, and that’s about it so the ones who are not gaming probably have off the shelf machines from the nearest big box office supply store, or wholesale club. They probably spend more on good headsets, keyboards, and so on.

    That leaves we who game pretty much. So now the fight for those who invest in the best experience in gaming is on. Going to be fun to see how they compete, and that is probably why Microshaft is making deals with the hardware folks because this is where all the big money is. Lets face it all other users buy Toyota, and those who Game use Bugatti.

  • Scootinfroodie

    It’s almost as though an upgrade that has security, privacy and compatibility issues isn’t an upgrade at all. Android gets criticized for the same thing, by the way.

  • ASCHGRAU_SEE

    Um, yes it is? Do you have Windows 7? It literally forces you to pick a time to upgrade, and will upgrade without telling you. There’s a reason programs like Never10 exist.

  • ASCHGRAU_SEE

    Look, dude, I know all about Win7’s issues with newer hardware. I have an Intel NVMe drive which needs special drivers to work on Win7, and after some shenanigans at start-up, my computer refused to boot. That’s as may be, and if these are really due to architectural problems, well, I made my bed.

    However, it doesn’t change the fact that Microsoft is being anti-consumer with all these upgrade shell games. Even if they really can’t upgrade due to the architecture, as they don’t say so explicitly, I’m a tad suspicious, given their frantic need to push everyone onto Windows 10 for goodness knows what reason, and it does not improve my opinion of them as a company. So, yeah, that’s my stance. If it is a real support issue, then I’ll have to deal with it, but I’m provisionally inclined to be suspicious of Microsoft given their actions in the past.

  • Reptile

    Lame, guess when the time arrives in some years when WIndows 7 stops being supported I will migrate entirely to Linux. I just hope more games get Linux support.

  • ASCHGRAU_SEE

    Or that Wine gets DX11 support. :/

  • c4ptchunk

    Does this not open Microsoft up to litigation from breaking their own Microsoft Support Lifecycle guarantee?

  • Blank Generation

    At the risk of sounding like part of the problem, Linux is for turbo autists. I’m so old and cranky I can barely bring myself to learn one new windows release every ten years, let alone relearn how to use fucking computers with Linux. And I AM into gaming but it’s very shit lately and shows no signs of getting better, but I can just stick to playing everything this gen and back until societal collapse occurs.

  • Blank Generation

    The XP people have been doing it for ten, fifteen years and are as happy as clams. I can be one of those people. Shit, I’m practically looking forward to it. An excuse to never have to upgrade again.

  • FlamingoJet

    No it does not. Upgrade period is over and that only affected a small vocal minority due to bugs.

  • FlamingoJet

    Good luck running newer and better software, mate.

    Let alone video games on PC.

    Good luck when all your favorite softwares, extensions, browsers, etc eventually fall to the wayside because they are no longer supported.

    Yup, good luck with ALL of that.

    You HAVE to upgrade if you want to use anything modern.

  • FlamingoJet

    No one is being anti-consumer.

  • FlamingoJet

    See, just goes to show how stupid people really are. It’s not spyware at all and all the little things people have issues with, “privacy” wise in Windows 10 have already been put into the older OS upgrades.

  • FlamingoJet

    Because they don’t understand the tech they are working with.

  • FlamingoJet

    I actually posted a reply here but it did not show up (most likely caught in the spam filter)

    It’s an image of my start menu completely clear of ads.

    The only time you get ads, is in certain apps in the Windows Store, which you don’t need to even use.

    Everybody just band wagons hatred onto everything and never does their proper research.

  • Blank Generation

    >Good luck running newer and better software, mate.
    Don’t worry, I don’t intend to. If I’m so fed up with this garbage I’m giving up videogames do you honestly think I care that I won’t be able to use the latest, fanciest, telemetriest browser from google? I’m fine, thanks. The internet is dying anyway. Even now you can see the last embers of the old ‘wild west’ days flaming out pathetically. Everybody serious has moved on to the deep web and the average IQ on the clearnet drops with every moron that buys a smartphone.

  • Le Belge

    Yep, you can desactivate them in the options. Suggested apps they called. I should not have to.

    And you dont respond to the fact that microsoft try to upgrade your win7 without asking. I make money out of it when people ask me to reinstall win7, or fix the botched install, but it still suck.

    Its a question of principles. I don’t like the way microsoft try to do business, i don’t want to give them my patronage. As simple as that.

  • ASCHGRAU_SEE

    May I have a citation on that? Because everyone I know with an older operating system had the forced upgrade problem, including me, twice (as I recently changed computers).

  • ASCHGRAU_SEE

    Again, going to have to ask for a citation, please.

  • ASCHGRAU_SEE

    Yeah. I think the people who are dedicated to running XP forever are really cool. Legit, not sarcastic here.

  • Jumanji Joe

    My girlfriend has Winblows 7 on her laptop and she was getting hounded by that update. It was intrusive and tries to trick users in to a “upgrade”.

  • Robert “Robovski” Turner

    I had to fight off this forced upgrade twice, one attempted install caused my PC to crash and corrupt my video drivers. I had constant update notifications and I had a very good reason to not upgrade: I have incompatible software I use for work (and other personal software). Since I want to keep on being paid I have to wait until my employer changes to something compatible.
    At first I was fairly open to ”upgrading” but MS’s tactics and the sheer annoyance they have given me over the last 6 months has left me thinking they can go to hell. Fuck their spyware BS operating system and fuck their intrusive shit.

  • FlamingoJet

    Yup and there is all very good reasons for all of that.

    Windows 10 automatically installs drivers through Windows Update now. Probably got a bad one. I don’t particularly like this feature, but I think it’s gotten better due to backlash.

    Again no spyware. That’s just public ignorance and band wagoning.

    Even months later, it still happens.

    Windows 10 is just fine.

  • FlamingoJet

    They were houndy during the upgrade period, for sure.

  • FlamingoJet

    How about you stick to one thread and stop hounding me about a reply? Much like they hounded you to update, which they did.

    People are so stupid. All you had to do was tweak your settings so that it actually could not install without their permission, but they don’t.

    I don’t know what this “Suggested Apps” thing is you brought up. You just delete them off the Start Menu.

    In regards to suggested apps, I might find this setting and disable it.

  • FlamingoJet

    Lol, because that’s resonable.

  • c4ptchunk

    Wait, so your are calling people stupid for not knowing it would install without their permission? So according to you, if a person does not know something is being done and they don’t actively try to find out about it(which they don’t know that they need to find out about it to begin with), they are stupid. You are sounding so ridiculous right now it’s unbelievable.

  • FlamingoJet

    I don’t like the way this is worded. It is intentionally antagonistic, shows bias, and immediately places all blame onto me.

    Windows Updates have ALWAYS been pre-configured out of the box since XP to install automatically. The update was being done over Windows Update, ERGO it is safe to assume it MIGHT try to install itself automatically so I MIGHT want to go and check those settings.

    But no, people instead did none of these things and were surprised when lol and behold Windows 10 is “forcing itself upon me and installing itself automatically.”

    Like I said, PEOPLE ARE STUPID, but not just stupid also LAZY. I have so many damn friends that just deal with their issues, rather than actually get them fixed when it comes to technology, but I digress.

    While MS is not entirely unblameless in this situation, more of the fault falls onto the user for not understanding and configuring the technology they are working with and then whining and complaining when it doesn’t do what they want.

    In regards to Windows 10. There’s a whole lot of hate and band wagononing due to stupid people, misinformation, and sheer ignorance.

    Windows 10 is just fine. Actually had a fairly smooth launch due to beta testing for so long.

    Everyone acts like Windows XP or Windows 7 were perfect on launch. I highly beg to differ and frankly I’m getting REALLY sick and tired of this ignorance and misinformation that surrounds Windows 10.

    No, it is not spyware, malware, etc. No, MS isn’t entirely forcing it on you. No, you can not sit on a fucking old, outdated, moved on from technology and expect to do anything modern. Or, rather you absolutely can but this is not feasible and it’s fucking fool-hardy.

    These people are a minority and the world and it’s tech are moving on without them.

    You either upgrade, keep up within a reasonable time frame, or you get left behind and that’s the simple damn truth.

    MS is being so pushy because they are literally ending support for every other OS. They will not be supported any longer within the next few years.

    They want people on their new OS because it is cheaper and more reliable than older versions, saves them money on support, and it’s more modern and supports more modern things.

    There are rhymes and reasons for this “Windows 10 madness” that everyone is crying about.

    If you don’t want to upgrade or update that’s just fine, just know that YOU WILL BE LEFT BEHIND and you have absolutely no right to complain about it.