Microsoft is blocking users of the latest Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen microprocessors from updating Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems in a bid to force people to 'upgrade' to Windows 10.
Microsoft's strong-arm tactic also extends to Qualcomm 8996 or Snapdragon 82x series microprocessors, too.
Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates.
Windows could not search for new updates
An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.
Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error.
Microsoft has confirmed the move, saying: "This error occurs because new processor generations require the latest Windows version for support."
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]".
That, of course, will require users to pay Microsoft £100 or so for the upgrade, of course.
Users have complained of the cartel-like approach to forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10 as it effectively brings forward the end-of-life of an operating system that people have legitimately acquired and paid for by five years.
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.
In addition to the potential anti-trust issues, it will also mean that old computers become increasingly less useful to those who are least able to pay for new machines and new operating systems. It also runs counter to Microsoft CEO's rhetoric that he wanted to start "moving people from needing Windows, to choosing Windows, to loving Windows". Instead, Microsoft is starting to twist arms to force them to move to Windows 10.
However, Microsoft's forceful attempts to make people install Windows 10 might be Linux's gain - there are a hundreds of Linux distros to choose from, from the popular Ubuntu and Mint distributions to Remix OS Android, for example.
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