Valve To Gamers: Upgrade Your Microsoft OS To At Least Windows 10 Or You Can’t Play Our Games

There’s a lot of gamers out there that have top of the line hardware and are also running Windows 10 or 11. But there’s also a significant camp of gamers who don’t have the latest and greatest hardware, and are also running operating systems like Windows 7. If you’re in the latter camp, Valve who makes the popular Steam game distribution system have a message for you. You need to upgrade to at least Windows 10 by the start of 2024, or else:

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.

This change is required as core 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.

Now I’ve seen some outrage online about this. But seriously folks, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 have been deemed end of support in the case of Windows 8.1, and end of life in the case of Windows 7. That means that there’s no technical support, no bug fixes, and no security fixes. The latter is the important part as no security fixes means that your chances of getting pwned by something are way higher than the person running Windows 10 or 11. But beyond that, you’ll be seeing messages from other software companies saying that they can’t support you with new versions of their software, not to mention bug fixes. So as difficult as it may by it’s time to bite the bullet and buy that new gaming rig that you know that you want with Windows 11 or Windows 10 on it. You’ll be better off as a result.

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