The former software engineer then goes on to suggest that the low adoption rate of Windows 10 might be the real reason for Microsoft's scrapping of support for older operating systems on newer CPUs. However, those who want to use a next-generation processor will have to upgrade their PC to Windows 10.
An error message could also appear in the Windows Update window, warning users that their device has encountered, "an unknown error".
As pointed out by the Dark Side Of Gaming, Microsoft updated its support pages on March 9, 2017 to reflect this policy change.
If the Android community has shown anything via XDA Developers it's that compatibility shouldn't be dependent on the hardware - not even the operating system.
And, not surprisingly recommends the follow to resolve the issue: "We recommend that you upgrade Windows 8.1-based and Window 7-based computers to Windows 10 if those computers have a processor that is from [the list]".
Microsoft has argued that new processors work much better with a new OS, and it did not make sense to update a almost 10 year old OS to support the latest technology.
Microsoft has started the process of built-in obsolescence to current hardware by blocking updates of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Intel 7th Generation (Kaby Lake), AMD Bristol Ridge (Ryzen) and Qualcomm 8996 (Snapdragon 82x) processors.
It is also a bit perplexing to some considering that mainstream support for Windows 8.1 does not end until January 9, 2018 (mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on January 13, 2015). While AMD has been mum on the subject, Intel previously confirmed that it has no plans of updating Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 drivers for Kaby Lake.
We've known for a long time that Windows 7 has been the greatest challenge to Windows 10 adoption, but now there's more validation of that. And the problem is exacerbated by the company's messaging via Windows Update.
PC builders hoping to upgrade their CPU may just have to consider upgrading their version of Windows to Windows 10 if they haven't already.
It has been recently reported that there is a bug in Windows 10 scheduler that is limiting the performance of the new AMD Ryzen central processing units (CPUs).