If you’ve been using an older operating system then you’re probably all too aware there is no official driver support for either AMD Ryzen or Intel Kaby Lake outside of Windows 10. Intel confirmed as much back in September, while AMD admitted in February that Windows 10 was a must for Ryzen users. The driving force behind this move is that Microsoft is enforcing it in order to better ensure “maximum reliability.” If you were planning to get Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen, the message was simple - you will need Windows 10 in order to receive security updates. Not so anymore though, as the community has found a way to circumvent Microsoft’s lock and allow Windows Updates to operate as per normal in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
The change is actually very simple. When the March 2017 Windows update rolled out (Post Ryzen 7 launch), users spotted two new new function in ‘wuaueng.dll’ - “IsCPUSupported(void)” and “IsDeviceServiceable(void)”. If the CPU is either Ryzen or Kaby Lake, the respective checks block Windows updates. The custom-made patch alters these checks and reassures Windows 7 and Windows 8 that these are in fact supported processors. Once done, the usual security updates download as per normal.
The patch itself was put together by a chap named Zeffy, and they’ve uploaded it to GitHub. All you need to do is download the patch and follow some fairly simple instructions on GitHub. The downside is that you’ll need to reapply this patch when the ‘wuaueng.dll’ is updated. This may be often, it may be never, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Be warned that if you’re interested in going down this route you may run the risk of compatibility errors and other bugs, as neither Windows 7 nor Windows 8 are actually officially supported. “As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support,” Microsoft had to say on the matter. “This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon.”
Any Windows 7 or Windows 8 users going to give it a shot? From the sounds of things this patch works perfectly, does this make you doubt Microsoft's excuses? Let us know!