NVIDIA drops Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 support in order to make way for more recent Windows like Windows 10. Although NVIDIA is not dropping support right now, users of Windows 7 or Windows 8 only have a few months left.
NVIDIA Cuts Support for Older Windows
NVIDIA is dropping support this October, 2021 according to Bleeping Computer. The company will start focusing more on supporting its Windows 10 as well as some of the later versions of Windows.
In a support bulletin that was just published on June 11, 2021, NVIDIA notes that it will only be providing bug fixes, new features, or other performance enhancements to Game Ready Drivers for the Microsoft Windows 10. Other drivers for the Windows 7, the Windows 8, and the Windows 8.1 will still be able to receive critical security updates only until September 2024.
NVIDIA to Focus on Windows 10
The difference, however, is that they will no longer be receiving non-security improvements. The bulletin was first spotted by Ghacks and it notes that NVIDIA announces that they will stop support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 as well. It was noted that the majority of their GeForce customers have already migrated to the newer Windows 10 OS.
This is for them to ensure that GeForce owners really get the best security, support, and even the functionality that they deserve. NVIDIA notes that they will be focusing on the newer Windows 10 operating system instead.
NVIDIA Game Ready Driver
NVIDIA also states that their final Game Ready Driver that will still support Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 will be released this coming August 31, 2021. From that point going forward, there will be no more drivers released that would support those types of Windows versions.
It was noted that for those still using the older Windows versions, there still won't be that much impact on the total gaming experience on some of the existing games as they will still run as is. NVIDIA, however, mostly adds performance improvements into the drivers to help support newer games as they start to release.
Windows Supported Operating Systems
Users that are still running on the previous Windows 7 can actually still get a free upgrade to the Windows 10 for free through their digital license if it is really critical that they still continue to receive the latest driver improvements and updates. Dropping support for the previous operating systems is still notably a good thing since it pushes its users to move forward to a more supported operating system capable of receiving security updates.
Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 have already been able to reach the very end of the extended support and would no longer receive any free security fixes. The Windows 8.1, however, will no longer be getting any security updates starting this coming January 1, 2023.
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Written by Urian B.