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AMD Ryzen will have official drivers for Windows 7

AMD Ryzen will have official drivers for Windows 7
AMD Ryzen will have official drivers for Windows 7
AMD wants to support Windows 7 and 8 users running Ryzen CPUs as much as possible with original drivers and compatibility updates.

In a stark contrast to Intel whom is no longer providing official Windows 7 drivers for its current generation of Kaby Lake processors, AMD has made it very clear that it will develop and release appropriate Ryzen drivers to be as compatible as possible with the outgoing Windows OS.

Despite AMD's extended commitment, the drivers may never be perfect or fully featured as Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 over two years ago. The Redmond company will only continue to release security patches and bug fixes that will not likely affect Ryzen compatibility in a direct manner. Certain features of Ryzen could therefore never be compatible with systems running Windows 7 compared to systems running Windows 10.

This isn't to say that Kaby Lake cannot run on Windows 7 at all, but official support from both Intel and Microsoft is essentially nonexistent. Even if Microsoft shuns Ryzen users running Windows 7, AMD will still be putting in effort for better compatibility at least for the time being.

Ryzen is AMD's highly anticipated desktop platform set for a launch this March. The first initial offerings are expected to rival the Core i7-6900K for just a fraction of the price.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-02- 8 (Update: 2017-02- 8)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.