Nvidia will stop supporting older Windows operating systems at the end of the year. This is reported on the company’s support site.
Nvidia will stop releasing drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems in October 2021, the statement said. The last OS-compatible version of the driver will arrive Aug. 31. On Oct. 4, the next version of the graphics card software will be available to users, but only owners of licensed copies of Windows 10 will be able to install it on their computers.
“The vast majority of our GeForce customers have upgraded to Windows 10,” the company clarified in a statement. According to a recent survey on gaming platform Steam, the outdated Windows 7 is used by about two percent of gamers, while the current Windows 10 is installed on about 93 percent of PCs.
Although Nvidia is ending support for legacy systems, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will receive security patches until September 2024.
Support for the popular Windows 7 was discontinued on Jan. 14, 2020. Since then, Microsoft representatives have been urging users to upgrade to Windows 10.
In early summer, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang (Jensen Huang) said that video card prices will become more reasonable in the second half of 2021. The top manager noted that the shortage of graphics cards on the market is primarily due to increased demand and a shortage of components.