American multinational technology company Nvidia is planning to drop support for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 later this year. Drivers for Windows 10 will be fully available in October, with only critical security updates available on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 until September 2024.
According to The Verge, Microsoft has already dropped support for Windows 7 and Windows 8, and even the long-standing support for Windows 8.1 will end in January 2023.
“The overwhelming majority of our GeForce prospects have migrated to the Windows 10 OS. In order to guarantee the best security, support and performance to GeForce House owners, Nvidia will now tackle the Windows 10 operating system,” learn a help exercise from Nvidia .
Although there are 1.3 billion active Windows 10 units, Windows 7 is yet to be used in many components of the world. Estimates show that Windows 7 still accounts for 15% of all Windows variants.
Home Windows 10 dominates Steam usage, however, with Windows 7 at around 93% at less than 2%. Microsoft can be expected to launch a new model of Windows in October, which may be named as Windows 11.
According to The Verge, Nvidia’s final driver to formally support these previous versions of Windows will be made available on August 31, with the first launch to support only Windows 10 on October 4.