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AMD has dropped Windows 10 support on new Ryzen AI 300 Series chipsets – AMD

AMD has dropped Windows 10 support on new Ryzen AI 300 Series chipsets – AMD

The decision to exclude the older operating system from the list of supported platforms made a good impression, especially considering that there is still a significant period of time until support for Windows 10 from Microsoft ends.

The Ryzen AI 300 series, which are technically APUs (accelerated processing units) due to the integration of the CPU, GPU and NPU, will only be compatible with Windows 11 and Linux versions. Although it may technically be possible to run Windows 10 on systems with one of the new chipsets, doing so will not be supported and may lead to various issues such as instability and compatibility issues.

The move to prioritize Windows 11 support for Ryzen AI 300 processors is by no means a complete surprise, given that the new chips are designed for the new generation of laptops that now carry the Copilot+ PC designation. These systems will inevitably come pre-installed with Windows 11, which places a heavy emphasis on AI capabilities and features like Recall, which Microsoft recently tweaked in response to user privacy concerns.

While the decision to drop support for Windows 10 may not affect the majority of users who will purchase new laptops with Windows 11 pre-installed, it does affect a small segment of consumers who may prefer to downgrade to an older version of their operating system. This could include people who aren’t a huge fan of Windows 11 or those who plan to pay for extended Windows 10 support beyond the official October 2025 end date.

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On the other hand, AMD’s decision to stop supporting Windows 10 likely represents a strategic allocation of resources. Developing and maintaining support for an operating system that is nearing the end of its life requires significant effort, and the company may have chosen to redirect these resources to other areas. Additionally, since the new laptop chips are mostly focused on AI capabilities, which are more closely related to Windows 11 than Windows 10, the decision to prioritize the newer operating system becomes more understandable.





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