Steam: Support for these versions of Windows ceased on January 1, 2024

Although the news does not come as a surprise (indeed it was communicated with some advance warning), it may have been missed by some. In fact, at the beginning of 2023, Valve announced that the platform Steam it would no longer be usable in 2024 sui PC con Windows 7, 8 e 8.1.

Steam no longer supports Windows 7, 8 and 8.1: the reason for Valve’s decision

The ones just mentioned are versions of Microsoft’s operating system with many years behind him (Windows 7 debuted in 2009), but they’re certainly still running on some machines.

So why did Valve come to this decision? The company, after collecting information with a survey conducted last year, realized that not even 1% of Steam users were using a PC running the aforementioned versions of Windows. Those that are the most popular are in fact Windows 10 (55,53%) e Windows 11 (42,04%).

These are numbers that aren’t surprising, to be honest. We are talking about a platform for purchasing video games which – in most cases – require high-performance machines. And it is difficult today to think of a PC used (also) to play with an operating system like, for example, Windows 7.

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Steam’s abandonment of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 is official from 1 January 2024: «After this date, the Steam client will stop working on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. In order to continue using Steam and all other products purchased on Steam, users will need to update their system to a newer version of Windows».

Adoption rate aside, there are other reasons too. «Some key features of Steam», explains Valve, «they depend on an integrated version of Google Chrome that no longer works on older versions of Windows. Additionally, future versions of Steam will require Windows feature and security updates that are only present on Windows 10 and later».

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