After a previous announcement, this Tuesday (2) Valve officially stopped offering Steam support for the Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems. As a result, the platform will no longer have any updates or security patches, but it will still be possible to play your games.
The end of official support also includes traditional tickets through Steam Support, in which the user could get help from a technician from Valve itself. Unrelated issues such as refunds and payments will still be taken care of, but no help regarding how the app works will be offered for these operating systems.
The decision was made based on Microsoft’s own action, which will stop supporting Windows 8 on January 10, 2024. As a result, Steam will no longer offer support for both Windows 8 and 8.1 and Windows 7, which already it was discontinued in 2020.
Discontinued operating systems are problematic for Valve as they directly affect the security of user accounts. An OS without proper protection has more holes for malware and, therefore, the application barrier is not enough to prevent attacks.
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Security options and solutions
The first option for a weaker computer is to use Linux, which has official Steam support, security updates and several lightweight distro options. One solution is SteamOS, a Linux distribution made by Valve itself and focused on games – available on the official website with an installation guide.
If you plan to update your personal setup soon, using the trial version of Windows 11 is a temporary solution as Windows security functions and Steam support will work normally.