Valve first announced its intention to drop support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 back in March 2023, giving users almost a year to prepare for the change. The main reason behind this move is that Steam relies on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer works on older versions of Windows.
Google Chrome is a web browser that powers many core features of Steam, such as the Steam Store, the Steam Community, and the Steam Overlay. Without Chrome, these features would not function properly or at all, affecting the user experience and security of Steam.
Another reason why Valve decided to end support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 is that future versions of Steam will require Windows features and security updates that are only available in Windows 10 and above. By focusing on the latest versions of Windows, Valve can ensure that Steam remains compatible, stable, and secure for the majority of its users.
What Does This Mean for You as a Steam User?
If you’re still using Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 with Steam, you will face these problems:
- No updates or support for your Steam client
- Possible issues and limitations with your games and features
- No access to new Steam features and improvements, such as the Steam Deck
What Can You Do to Keep Enjoying Steam?
To keep enjoying Steam, you can:
- Upgrade to Windows 10 or above, which is the best option for Steam users
- Switch to Linux, which is a free and supported operating system for Steam
- Use a virtual machine, a cloud gaming service, or a dual boot system, which are alternative options for Steam users
Steam is one of the most popular and powerful gaming platforms in the world, but it also requires constant updates and improvements to keep up with the changing needs and expectations of its users. That’s why Valve has decided to end support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, and focus on Windows 10 and above, as well as Linux and SteamOS.
If you’re still using Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 with Steam, you might face some issues and limitations in the future, such as losing updates, features, and support. To avoid these problems and enjoy the best Steam experience possible, we recommend that you upgrade your operating system to Windows 10 or above, or switch to Linux or SteamOS.
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