With the arrival of the new year, Valve has officially ended support for older versions of Windows. This means Steam users who are still using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 must upgrade to Windows 10 or 11 to continue using the digital store.
It is worth noting that Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users can still continue to use Steam. However, because these platforms will no longer receive updates, any bugs or issues that arise with newer releases of Steam will no longer receive fixes from Valve. This also means that at some point Steam may stop working on the older versions of Windows altogether.
Valve had originally announced that support for older versions of Windows would end in March 2023. The company stated that because it uses an embedded version of Google Chrome for Steam, it must align its operating system requirements with those of Chrome itself. Chrome has long since ended support for versions of Windows older than 10.
Interestingly, Valve supported Windows 7 longer than Microsoft, which had officially ended support for the operating system as early as 2020. Windows 8 and 8.1, on the other hand, saw Microsoft’s support end in January 2023.