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Why My Intel CPU Doesn't Support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1?

The EOL year of Windows 7 is finally arriving. If you are still using Windows 7 to do security update, the process may be halted by this message: Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows. Because the processor is not suppported together with the Windows version that you are currrently using.

Error messsage: unsupported hardware

Other error messages may pop up in the Windows Update window if you install Windows on a PC with unsupported hardware. These error messages say "Windows could not search for new updates", "An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer", or "Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error".

Other error messages may pop up in the Windows Update window if you install Windows on a PC with unsupported hardware. These error messages say "Windows could not search for new updates", "An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer", or "Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error".

These messages sent by Microsoft are the hint that you should upgrade your old operating system. Microsoft has announced a change to its support policy that lays out its plans for future updates to its older operating systems, including technical support for any issues, software updates, and security updates or fixes. And there is no way to install Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 anymore without modern CPUs. The new rules indicate that future PC owners with next-generation Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors have to use Windows 10 or higher OS in the future.

Why Do Modern CPUs not Support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Anymore?

Microsoft has committed to deliver security, reliability, and compatibility to Windows 7 systems. However, Windows 7 was designed nearly 10 years ago before any x86/x64 SOCs existed. For Windows 7 to run on any modern silicon, device drivers and firmware need to emulate Windows 7's expectations for interrupt processing, bus support, and power states—which is challenging for Wi-Fi, graphics, security, and more. For instance, Windows 7 does not have the built-in USB driver of the seventh-generation motherboard, so you cannot use a USB flash drive and a USB keyboard to install the operating system, and keyboard and mouse failure may occur during the installation.

To encourage Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is about to stop security update and technical support for Windows 7 and 8.1 January 14th, 2020 and January 10th, 2023, respectively. And they claimed this is a way to improve the user's experience which will be degraded by the incompatibility between old Windows OS and modern processors.

Does 7th and 8th Gen Processors Support Windows 7?

Windows 7 is only compatible with Intel 6th generation processors and under. For the next-generation CPUs, e.g. Intel 7th-generation CPU (Kaby Lake) or AMD's 7th-generation processor (Bristol Ridge or Ryzen) or higher, they are solely compatible Window 10, for the reason that Windows 7 lacks a built-in USB driver of the seventh-generation motherboard to install the operating system.

But if you insist on keeping Windows 7, there is a workaround for you: add USB 3.0 and Intel RST drivers to Windows 7 installation disc, and then you can install Windows 7 on Kaby Lake (the 7th generation) based laptop and desktop computer with a USB drive.

It is complex to install Windows 7 on a PC with a modern CPU. Walking through this process, you can keep the old operating system for several years more. But finally, it will end like Windows XP. The best solution is to keep on updating the operating system follow the step of Microsoft if it not supported by the 7th or 8th processors.

Do I Need to Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

Since Microsoft announced Windows 7's end officially, you may ask whether my PC with Windows 7 will stop working on January 14, 2020. Practically, no. Windows 7 will be discontinued, but the software will continue to function. After January 14, 2020, if your computer is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, you must move to a modern operating system, Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. Besides, Microsoft's customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.

Although you have missed the chance to free update, there are some tools can help you free update Windows 10 with Windows 7 license key. But if your PC is too old to run the modern OS, back up your files to find a computer that fits your needs.

Final Thoughts

For Windows 7 and 8/8.1 fans, you can make every effort to keep the old operating system in 2020 -2023 when they will be ended officially by Microsoft, even though they cannot catch up with modern CPUs and other hardware. But they will die out someday just like Windows XP. Before the deadline, do something for your PC.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alisa Cassiel

Alisa Cassiel, an English Copywriter of Digiarty, has 4 years of writing and marketing experience. Love writing and always provide thoughtful how-to guides and tips related to video processing, recent hot topics, new digital devices, hit movies, music, etc. She is a life-enthusiast who is independent, persistent, enthusiastic, energetic, and interested in music, exercise, travel, dance, painting.

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