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AMD Processor (Windows 7 & 8.1 Compatible)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have been doing some research regarding which AMD processors are supported by Windows 7 and 8.1. I have not been able to find much information regarding this question. I was wondering if someone could shed some light on this for me. I have been using Windows 10 Pro on my Ryzen PC. I am completely fed up with Windows 10. I know that my Ryzen chip is not supported by Windows 7, or 8.1.    

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I'm pretty sure all AMD hardware pre ryzen supports windows 7 and 8.1


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We have to be clear on a detail here.

 

AMD Ryzen processors support Windows 7/8.1.

Microsoft do NOT support AMD Ryzen processors for older versions of Windows before 10.

 

You can install these Windows on Ryzen (with elevated difficulty), but MS may not give you updates without hacking the OS.


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The Jaguar based processors (technically after FX series) are fully supported and working on Windows 7. There are some slim pcs using them, for example this one: 

 

 

The cpu used is AMD GX-420CA (G series, system on chip, Jaguar/Kabini micro architecture) : http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Jaguar/AMD-G-Series GX-420CA - GE420CIAJ44HM.html

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Ryzen processors (and Athlon 200GE which uses Zen cores like Ryzen) can be made to run with Windows 7, and there's guides and tutorials for it.

 

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I find no reason to believe there's anything stopping a Ryzen machine from actually running Windows 7 or 8. I mean, Ryzen runs MS-DOS natively:

And I don't believe Microsoft will go "oh, you're using Ryzen, we won't give you updates." There are people with Core 2 processors running Windows 10 just fine, and Microsoft long stopped caring about that processor.

 

The whole "Microsoft won't support Ryzen using versions of Windows prior to 10" means if you have an issue with the OS, Microsoft won't provide technical support. At least not for free.

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2 minutes ago, M.Yurizaki said:

And I don't believe Microsoft will go "oh, you're using Ryzen, we won't give you updates." There are people with Core 2 processors running Windows 10 just fine, and Microsoft long stopped caring about that processor.

well youre wrong, they are blocking updates


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14 minutes ago, Neftex said:

well youre wrong, they are blocking updates

They changed the policy so you still get security updates, which frankly is really all that you need.

 

Either way, it's also likely it's only a problem if you go through Windows update. Has anyone confirmed the update you can download and install from the KB is similarly blocked?

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You should still be able to download the Windows 7 Convenience rollup updates, for example KB3125574 contains all updates from SP1 to April 2016, and then they released rollup packages monthly, for example..

 

windows6.1-kb3172605-x64_July 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.msu
windows6.1-kb3179573-x64_August 2016 August 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.msu
windows6.1-kb3185278-x64_September_2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.msu.msu
windows6.1-kb3185330-x64_October, 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems.msu
windows6.1-kb3197868-x64_November, 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3197868).msu

 

and there's such packs all the way through 2017 and 2018, for example see: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=security+monthly+quality+rollup

 

The keywords are "security monthtly quality rollup"  and "update rollup"

 

you can go on Windows Update Catalog and enter in the search box the KB code (ex. KB3172605 ) to download directly, instead of going through Windows Update

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have actually trying installing these fixes in the past before I purchased Windows 10 Pro. They seem to work with installing the updates. However, I would always get pop ups from Microsoft stating that my hardware was not supported with this version of Windows. 

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