No matter how much companies try to persuade people to their new software products, there will always be those who refuse to change and will persist in using old, tried-and-true software, no matter how bad it is. For many years, Microsoft has been trying to move people away from its old operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8 (does anyone honestly still have that last awful OS), along with its aging browser Internet Explorer.
Well, for gamers, Nvidia is going to lend a helping hand to get people off these outdated operating systems in to announce that the company and eventually drop support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 later this year, with drivers only available for Windows 10 as of October and only critical security updates on this older operating system maintained until 2024:
The vast majority of our GeForce customers have migrated to Windows 10 OS. To ensure GeForce owners experience the best possible security, support and functionality, Nvidia will now focus on the Windows 10 operating system.
Given that Microsoft has already dropped support for these older operating systems, this movie from Nvidia shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that there’s no point in investing efforts in technology that probably isn’t supported by many games anymore, anyway. The company believes that the vast majority of its user base has already migrated and hopefully this news will help those last few dinosaurs make the digital evolution to Windows 10.
although according to stat counter, while there are 1.3 billion Windows 10 devices worldwide, Windows 7 still accounts for 15 percent of all total Windows versions, while Steam that number is reduced to 2 percent. Small, but sizable numbers to perhaps explain why NVidia has continued their support even as Microsoft tries to persuade people to switch.
Seriously though, if you are one of the few people using these operating systems and want to buy a new graphics card, rather spend your money and buy Windows 10 instead. It will provide a much better performance boost than any graphics card. on those older versions.
Last updated: June 15, 2021