Windows update is being blocked from updating
Is Microsoft artificially blocking newer PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 from receiving updates?
The consensus is 'yes', but opinions on Microsoft's reasons for doing so range from 'protecting users' to 'forcing upgrades to Windows 10'.
Additionally, you may see an error message on the Windows Update window that resembles the following: Windows could not search for new updates An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.
The message then -- as now -- was clear: If you want to run a nextgen processor, you'll need Windows 10.As noted by Woody Leonhard over at Woody on Windows, there’s a long thread on the topic on Reddit (naturally) but as of yet no one appears to have seen the error message "in the wild" so it’s likely updates aren’t currently being blocked (if you do see the error message we’d love to know).Of course, updates being blocked through Windows Update -- when it eventually happens -- is an inconvenience rather than the end of the world, as there will no doubt be plenty of workarounds to enable nextgen processor owners to keep older Windows versions fully up to date.Method 1 would not work because updating is blocked by the Win 10 upgrade as before (see attachment "bleeping 1"), so I used method 2.I downloaded only "Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3184143)".
The new Windows Update For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare.