Windows 7 and Windows 8 have been around for more than a decade, and major companies think it’s time to cut them out of their support roster. It’s not surprising considering most software companies and even Microsoft itself has shut down support for Windows 7 and 8 as of 2020 and 2023, respectively. Another platform has joined the bandwagon, and it’s official. Steam is cutting support for Windows 7 and 8 on January 1, 2024
Steam Cuts Support For Windows 7 and Windows 8 – January 2024
Starting January 1, 2024, Steam will stop supporting Windows 7 and 8. The information was revealed today via Steam’s Support Section, which you can check out here. But what does that exactly mean?
As it turns out, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Including 8.1), PCs will not run Steam. The Steam Support Page advises users to update to newer versions of Windows, particularly Windows 10 and Windows 11, to enjoy the Steam Client and its extensive Library, Workshop, and Community Forums.
Future iterations of Steam will require Windows Security Updates and Features, which are only available on Windows 10 and 11. (Considering Microsoft cut Windows 7 and Windows 8 Security Updates for a while now).
As of January 1 2024, Steam will officially stop supporting the Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. After that date, the Steam Client will no longer run on those versions of Windows. In order to continue running Steam and any games or other products purchased through Steam, users will need to update to a more recent version of Windows.
The newest features in Steam rely on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer functions on older versions of Windows. In addition, future versions of Steam will require Windows feature and security updates only present in Windows 10 and above. – Steam Support Page
So what do you think of Steam cutting support for Windows 7 and Windows 8? Was it about time the platform went ahead with these changes, or should they continue with older OS support? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.