Microsoft has started to block users running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on computers running new processors.
Microsoft announced the plan to block users running older versions of Windows on the 7th Generation Kaby Lake Intel Core processors and the Ryzen chipsets from AMD earlier this year but until now it was unclear when exactly the tech giant would enforce the block.
However, users have taken to social media to complain that updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 have suddenly stopped on devices running the new chipsets.
So this is the message that you get when you install Windows 7 on a Kaby Lake system. This disables downloading updates on your PC pic.twitter.com/2x62YavbHh
— DaveA (@gangnam_granny) 5 April 2017
This means that if you run an older version of Windows on a device that has one of the new chips you will not receive the latest security and software updates, meaning you could be at risk from cyber criminals, viruses or software glitches.
Users who build their own computers but don’t want to run Windows 10 are most at risk.
Now, when users try to update they are being being displayed a message which says: “Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows.
“Because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version that you are currently using, your system will miss important security updates.”
Microsoft has tried to justify the move by saying that it is difficult to make the new chipsets compatible with older software.
However, critics have hit out at Microsoft labeling the move as nothing more than another aggressive tactic to get people more people to use Windows 10.
Microsoft is currently in the process of rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update, the next major update to its operating system.