Those who thought, Microsoft had given up trying to press users of older versions of its operating system to use Windows 10 are wrong. Again it has shown its dislike for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, this time with a Windows Update Block. Fortunately, one GitHub user has come to the rescue with a patch of his own. Here’s everything you need to know.

Windows update block for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users

What is The Windows Update Block?

It’s entirely possible, you haven’t come across this yet, but for others, the penny may have already dropped. Microsoft is blocking updates, back in January, it announced that it would begin restricting them for older versions of Windows. That is versions older than Windows 10; its reason is as follows.

If you have an OS being run on a PC with an Intel or AMD CPU, that’s Intel’s seventh-gen Kaby Lake or AMD’s Bristol Ridge Ryzen. These are the most recent chips released by the companies, you will be a victim of this Windows Update Block.

As for why Microsoft is taking this unprecedented approach, it’s of course to force a move to Windows 10. Unfortunately, this means users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will instead of getting an update, see the following message.

“your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows, and you won’t receive updates.”

The Patch Solution

Moving onto the patch, it will allow you to bypass this Microsoft action. It was created by GitHub user Zeffy and will enable you to ignore the Windows Update Block. Meaning, you can continue to get updates on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

How does it work?

Apparently, it unpicks one of Microsofts patches that was created and included in the March 16 update. This release and its changelog revealed the much-derided code that enabled the detection of the Intel and AMD processors.

Now, if you want to give this solution a try you need to head on over to GitHub, the link is here. However, we advise that before downloading and executing the patch you, take a look at the Read Me file, and ask questions of the creator.

So, to recap, this patch will have an effect on those who have been affected by Microsofts Windows Update Block for PC’s running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. But, which are also running on Intel’s seventh-gen Kaby Lake or AMD‘s Bristol Ridge Ryzen CPU’s, preventing the impact.

Now, you may decide to forgo this patch and as such upgrade to Windows 10. The problem with that is, Microsoft is no longer offering free upgrades, so it will cost you.