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.