Is Your PC Running Unsupported Hardware?
If you buy a new computer these days, it will most likely come with Windows 10. Some people still prefer Windows 7 or 8.1, and I respect their right to make that choice. But Microsoft doesn’t. The folks in Redmond are refusing to dish out security updates to many Win7 and Win8 systems. But there's a way to get around that. Read on!
How to Stop 'Unsupported Hardware' Messages In Windows 7 and 8.1
Some time ago, Microsoft announced it would not support Windows 7 or 8.1 on NEWER generations of processors made by Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm. Yes, you read that right.
When I first heard about this, I mistakenly thought that Microsoft was cutting off support for PCs with OLDER, ancient, and obsolete processors. I could understand that. But it's just the opposite -- many Windows 7 and 8 computers with modern Intel 7th-generation processors, and the AMD Ryzen CPU are the ones left in the lurch.
This amounts to a punishment for users who decide not to "upgrade" to Windows 10, and it seems out of sync with Microsoft's extended support periods for Windows 7 and 8.1 which end in January 2020 and January 2023, respectively.
This does not mean Windows 7 and 8 can’t be installed on newer machines. However, such systems won’t get updates via Windows Update, and that’s a security problem. The affected systems will not get patches for newly discovered vulnerabilities, and their owners cannot discover and install them manually. If they run Windows Update they will get this error message:
"Unsupported hardware:" Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows. Because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version that you are currently using, your system will miss important security updates.”
Some users of older processors such as the AMD FX, Intel Pentium, Intel Atom, and Intel Core i5/i7 have also reported they are unable to get updates for their Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. You don't need to pop the hood on your computer to see if you have one of these "unsupported" processors. If you see “Unsupported hardware" or any of the messages below when running Windows Update, it means your processor is not supported, and you will not receive security patches:
- “Windows could not search for new updates”
- “An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.”
- “Error(s) found: Code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error.”
This is terrible security practice! Unpatched systems can be hijacked by hackers and become threats to all other systems with which they interact. It is counterproductive to make it harder to keep a system secure. But that’s what Microsoft has done in order to drive users to Windows 10.
Fortunately, there’s a way to undo it.
Wufuc is a small, free utility that disables the block described above and allows Windows Update to deliver and install patches on both older and new hardware running Windows 7 and 8.1. (I can only guess that the name of this utility program comes from the author's opinion of Microsoft's boneheaded security block.)
Wufuc comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and it does matter that you install the version that matches your system. To check your system, run the System Information utility in Windows.
Wufuc does not alter any system files. It merely changes a log file generated by Windows Update so that the results of a hardware check are all “true,” which effectively means “It’s true that Windows Update can proceed normally.”
I still believe strongly that everyone should upgrade to Windows 10. But jeopardizing the security of the entire Internet community is not the way to encourage such upgrades. Bypass this Microsoft nonsense if you must to keep yourself and all of us safe.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 17 Jul 2018
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