In general, VTune Profiler is compatible with Windows OS versions supported by Microsoft, but there may be one update behind the latest major version. Depending on the changes in the OS update, this may cause incompatibility with the VTune Profiler drivers, particularly the sampling driver for hardware event-based collections. VTune Profiler installer detects an unsupported OS and fails to install incompatible drivers. While this can prevent hardware event-based sampling and stack collection, other analysis types using user-mode sampling, such as Hotspots and Threading, can still be run. If the VTune Profiler is already installed when your Windows system is updated to an unsupported version, the data collector may cause a crash or BSOD while accessing the required drivers (sampling, graphics, or third-party drivers).