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Author Topic: Steam games will stop running on Windows XP and Vista tomorrow  (Read 89 times)
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« on: December 31, 2018, 04:16:39 PM »

As 2018 ends, so does Steamís support for Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Announced back in June 2018, Steam will stop supporting the older Windows operating systems starting tomorrow.

Those who currently use Steam on their older computers will either have to upgrade to Windows 7 or above or give up on Steam altogether.

Valveís support for XP has been decreased for XP over the past year. The recent Steam Chat revamp which relies on a modern implementation of embedded Google Chrome wasnít available on older systems due to lack of support.

According to a recent Steam Hardware survey, Windows XP users make up around 0.12% of all Steam users. Hopefully, this means that not too many gamers should be disturbed with Valve pulling support for the system.

Itís been a good run, Windows XP. Weíll miss you.

So, why discontinue now in 2018?

In short, itís stated in the source that the steam client for windows relies on google chrome, a third party browser that no longer functions on either windows xp or vista, so itís essentially a third party software thatís finally forcing valveís hand to terminate support. Windows XP and Vista had a good run, Iím sure many people are surprised that either was still being actively supported for steam given that both were released in the 2000s

Official statement source:


Windows XP and Windows Vista Support

Starting on January 1 2019, Steam will officially stop supporting the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. This means that after that date the Steam Client will no longer run on those versions of Windows. In order to continue running Steam and any games or other products purchased through Steam, users will need to update to a more recent version of Windows.

The newest features in Steam rely on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer functions on older versions of Windows. In addition, future versions of Steam will require Windows feature and security updates only present in Windows 7 and above.

For the remainder of 2018 Steam will continue to run and to launch games on Windows XP and Windows Vista, but other functionality in Steam will be somewhat limited. For example, new features such as the new Steam Chat will not be available. We encourage all users on these operating systems to upgrade to newer versions of Windows in order to have ongoing access to the latest features of Steam and to ensure future access to all games and other Steam content.

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