Hack Patch to Unblock Windows 7 and 8.1 Update for Ryzen CPUs

Windows 7 and 8.1 machines updating is blocked if it uses the latest AMD and Intel processors. A move that force users to choose Windows 10. This new strategy affects users that chose to stay with old Windows OS. Windows 7 and 8.1 will only receive security updates and not get the other fixes. The affected CPUs are:

  • Intel 7th Generation “Kaby Lake”
  • Intel 6th Generation “Skylake” (at a later date)
  • AMD Ryzen
  • AMD “Bristol Ridge”
  • Qualcomm “8996” (Snapdragon)

Users that encounters the update issue will get the prompt below.


But wait…. a developer and reverse engineer by the name of “Zeffy” found a way for Ryzen powered machines to receive complete updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. Using a set of scripts Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are able to patch the problematic dynamic linked library – wuaueng.dll – and unlock full Windows Update support on the latest processor families. There’s only two major prerequisites: one is that the DLL needs to be re-patched every time it gets updated, and the other is that the procedure is entirely unofficial and could – in theory, at least – result in unexpected behavior from patches installed in this manner.

Zeffy’s work can be found here at github.com.


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