If you are using Windows 7 or 8 and you regularly use Steam, you better upgrade as soon as possible or risk losing access to your favourite games.
Steam announced yesterday that they will stop supporting Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 starting 1 January 2024.
As to why they stopped supporting older Windows OS, the giant video game digital distribution platform said:
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.
Steam said they strongly recommend users to upgrade to Windows 10 or newer as soon as possible because in January 2020, Microsoft ceased providing security updates and technical assistance for Windows 7, and in January 2023, they did the same for Windows 8.1.
If a computer using either of these operating systems is connected to the internet, it is vulnerable to new malware and other attacks that will not be fixed. This malware has the potential to negatively impact the performance of your computer, as well as cause crashes. Additionally, it could be used to steal the login information for your Steam account or other online services.
Based on Steam’s Hardware and Software Survey, at the time of writing, only a very small percentage of users still use Windows 7, at 0.09%, and 1.43% using the 64-bit version. The usage for Windows 8.1 is even lower, at 0.34%.