AMD’s upcoming Ryzen processors will not come with support for Microsoft’s legacy Windows 7 operating system – an OS that is still in use on many PCs; as was shown by a recent survey from Steam. Prior to this, there have been rumours regarding Windows 7 support for Ryzen CPUs. These, however, have been erased by AMD after the company told PCWorld that support and drivers for Ryzen CPUs will only be released on Windows 10.
This announcement isn’t really surprising though: Windows 7 has to go away at some point. Intel has similarly decided to drop support for the operating system with its recently released Kaby Lake processors. Microsoft also pushed consumers to upgrade to Windows 10 with a free upgrade programme for Windows 7 and 8; although that has since concluded.
That said, AMD did mention that Ryzen processors were tested and validated for Windows 7 – but the company chose to only support the newer Microsoft OS for the consumer version of Ryzen instead.