Looks like the glorious days of Windows 7 are about to get over. AMD has confirmed that their upcoming Ryzen processors will not get drivers for Windows 7.
Earlier, the company had said they working on Windows 7 support for the AM4 socket chip, but now they’re only going to support Windows 10. Speaking to PCWorld, they said, “To achieve the highest confidence in the performance of our AMD Ryzen desktop processors (formerly codenamed ‘Summit Ridge’), AMD validated them across two different OS generations, Windows 7 and 10. However, only support and drivers for Windows 10 will be provided in AMD Ryzen desktop processor production parts.”
This announcement confirms Microsoft’s statement as well, who has been saying for a while that the latest Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen processors will only be supported in Windows 10. The reason being that it makes more sense that software and hardware are well aligned to make sure that most of the features are supported.
Even though did test Windows 7 on Ryzen and the system booted up just fine, it’s hard to say how the performance will be affected on the new CPU. In case of any issues, you can be sure that there will be no optimization provided by AMD. What remains to be seen is whether the exclusive Windows 10 support will be across the Ryzen lineup of chips or whether the Ryzen APUs will get a different treatment. Stay tuned for more updates.