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Steam says goodbye to Windows 7 and 8

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Windows 7 was released in 2009 while Windows 8 was released in 2012. The former worked great while the latter not so much, but both operating systems lasted a long time. Now, Steam says goodbye to both operating systems.

Valve has announced that, starting in 2024, Steam will no longer work on PCs running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. The Steam client will no longer run on these versions of Windows after January 1, and if you want to continue using Steam, you’ll need to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 or Windows 11.

According to the support notice, many of Steam’s features are based on an embedded version of Google Chrome. Google already ended support for Chrome on Windows 7 and 8 earlier this year; Starting with Chrome 110, you now need Windows 10 or higher to use Google’s browser. Also, Windows 7 and 8 are now not fully supported by Microsoft, so it’s not surprising to see more apps and services moving forward.

If this decision affects you, your Windows 7 computer will most likely be able to run Windows 10. Windows 11 compatibility is a bit trickier, but it might be worth checking if you plan to switch computers anyway. There’s always Linux, too.

Source: Steam Support

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