It looks like AMD's Ryzen CPUs will not support Windows 7 after all

It looks like AMD's Ryzen CPUs will not support Windows 7 after all

It looks like AMD's Ryzen CPUs will not support Windows 7 afterall

It looks like AMD's Ryzen CPUs will not support Windows 7 after all

 
In a recent statement to PCWorld, AMD has confirmed that there will be no official Ryzen driver for Windows 7, which means that AMD's new CPU series will only be officially supported on Windows 10.

While AMD did confirm that they validated their new CPUs on both Windows 7 and Windows 10, the company has decided to only release official drivers for Windows 10 for Ryzen production CPU models.  
 
 
 To achieve the highest confidence in the performance of our AMD Ryzen desktop processors (formerly code-named ‘Summit Ridge’), AMD validated them across two different OS generations, Windows 7 and 10
 
However, only support and drivers for Windows 10 will be provided in AMD Ryzen desktop processor production parts.

 

There are several reasons why AMD are only supporting Windows 10, firstly that Microsoft no longer supports the OS outside of security updates and do not want hardware vendors to support their legacy OS. 

Windows 7 is also a very old OS by today's standards, releasing back in 2009. This OS was developed before AMD's Bulldozer architecture and is simply not designed to take advantages of the multitude of new features in Ryzen, making drivers for legacy platforms difficult to create and prevents older OS' from using new hardware with optimal efficiency. 

Windows 7 was not created with Zen in mind, so it makes sense that the new architecture would have problems with the old OS that AMD would not expect. 

 

It looks like AMD's Ryzen CPUs will not support Windows 7 afterall  

It seems that AMD has "verified" that Windows 7 PC based on Ryzen will boot, though they have not confirmed that the ageing OS supports the CPUs fully. It is likely that Windows 7 will not support certain sleep states within Ryzen and run into issues when in use. 

Without Microsoft willingly offering their full support to offer backwards compatibility, AMD and Intel have little choice but to drop support for older OS', forcing PC builders to adopt Windows 10 and away from their older software platforms. 

 

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08-02-2017, 18:59:59

NeverBackDown
Well then very unfortunateQuote

08-02-2017, 19:28:01

RobM
shot in the foot tbqh so many people have reverted back to Win 7 or as I have, moved over to Linux. Really do not see why Microsoft should get the monopoly on techQuote

08-02-2017, 19:43:46

Kleptobot
personally i think this is the correct move, legacy support is a huge burden that can hamper development of new and improved systems.

drag people kicking and screaming if you have toQuote

08-02-2017, 20:15:52

g0ggles1994
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Originally Posted by RobM View Post
shot in the foot tbqh so many people have reverted back to Win 7 or as I have, moved over to Linux. Really do not see why Microsoft should get the monopoly on tech
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Originally Posted by Kleptobot View Post
personally i think this is the correct move, legacy support is a huge burden that can hamper development of new and improved systems.
While I agree that we need to support newer systems I do think they should still support Windows 7 because by not supporting it, they are cutting off nearly half the market which is a rather large bullet in their footQuote

08-02-2017, 20:52:50

Kleptobot
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Originally Posted by g0ggles1994 View Post
While I agree that we need to support newer systems I do think they should still support Windows 7 because by not supporting it, they are cutting off nearly half the market which is a rather large bullet in their foot
I think by saying half the market you are misrepresenting the facts slightly.

Windows 7 accounts for roughly half of existing systems, but considering this is a brand new architecture on a brand new platform, the number of existing systems that will receive a zen based processor will be considerably less than brand new builds.Quote
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