Microsoft confirms update block for Apple devices

Microsoft has confirmed by way of a Windows Support advisory that Apple Mac customers have been blocked from updating to Windows 10 version 1903.

In response to the Windows Latest web site the support page in question has been made difficult to seek out, courtesy of Microsoft blocking web crawlers from indexing the document. Whether or not this was deliberate or an error is currently unclear. What is obvious although, is that customers of older Mac gadgets will likely find that the Windows 10 May 2019 replace will fail to install.

Older, on this occasion, is being outlined as Mac devices previous to 2012. Nonetheless, Microsoft additionally admits that customers of newer Mac devices could also discover themselves facing the same Windows 10 replace block if they’re using outdated Boot Camp software program.

Here’s what Microsoft has to say on the matter: “If you are making an attempt to replace to the May 2019 Feature Update for Windows 10 (Windows 10, model 1903), chances are you’ll expertise an replace compatibility maintain and obtain the message, “Mac HAL Driver – machaldriver.sys: Your PC has a driver or service that is not prepared for this model of Windows 10.”

Apparently the error is being attributable to a “compatibility maintain” that has been put in place for units with a “MacHALDriver.sys dated September 24, 2011 01:57:09 or older in Windows\system32\drivers.”

Microsoft presents a workaround, of kinds, to the block. “Updating your Apple Boot Camp Windows Assist Software drivers might mean you can update to Windows 10, model 1903,” it states, including, “you could possibly test for up to date Windows help software program, in macOS, select Apple menu > App Store, then set up all accessible updates.”

Sue Brooks

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