Nvidia has just officially announced the end of graphics driver support on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. This measure will take effect from October 2021. In addition, the manufacturer is also stopping the monitoring of its graphics cards under Keppler architecture.
It had to happen sooner or later. Nvidia has just announced on its official website the end of support for Game Ready graphics drivers on Windows 7 , Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 . From October 2021, these three versions of the famous Microsoft OS will no longer be able to benefit from optimizations, various fixes and any new features usually offered via Nvidia drivers.
“ The vast majority of our GeForce customers have migrated to the Windows 10 operating system . In order to ensure that GeForce owners benefit from the best possible security, support and functionality, Nvidia will now focus on the Windows 10 operating system, ” writes the manufacturer on its official website.
According to Nvidia, the latest Game Ready driver for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will be released on August 31, 2021 . In addition, the manufacturer ensures that it will continue to publish critical security updates on the three OS previously mentioned until September 2024, in order to ensure the safety of users in the event of vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
NVIDIA ALSO STOPS MONITORING GTX 6XX AND 7XX
In addition, Nvidia also announced the discontinuation of GPU tracking under the Kepler architecture, namely the GTX 6xx and 7xx graphics cards , released between 2012 and 2014. “ Kepler-based desktop GPUs were initially released in March 2012. Since then, gaming technology has evolved dramatically with technologies like DirectX 12 Ultimate and Nvidia DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling). In the future, Nvidia’s software quality assurance team will focus on hardware that supports these new technologies, ” explains the company.