Nvidia, which makes graphics cards such as the GeForce series, has made it clear that it will stop supporting Windows 7-8.1 at the end of August 2021.
According to Nvidia, the Game Ready Driver upgrade, including performance improvements, new features, and bug fixes, will be available for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 until the R470 GA5, which will be released on August 31, 2021. R495 GA1, which will be released on October 4, 2021, is only available for Windows 10.
This decision was made in light of the fact that Microsoft has already ended support for Windows 7 and 8 and extended support for Windows 8.1 will end in January 2023. Nvidia has made it clear that it will focus on Windows 10 support so that GeForce owners can experience the best security support and features as many users are already migrating to Windows 10. For reference, important security updates for Windows 7-8.1 are available until September 2024.
Meanwhile, on the 24th of June, Microsoft announced that it would end support for Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro by 2025.
In 2015, Windows Mainstream support ended on October 13, 2020, and extended support ended on October 14, 2025. However, this time, we reviewed the Windows 10 life cycle and set the Windows 10 support end date to October 14, 2025, the original extended support end date.
According to Microsoft, the March and September feature updates for Windows 10 Home and Pro will end on October 14, 2025. Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server were not mentioned, but reports suggest that these versions will have a longer lifespan.
Microsoft said in 2015 that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows. However, in May 2021, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the next generation of Windows would be announced with the most important update of the past decade. Various notices have been made in line with the number 11, which appears to be Windows 11, the next generation of Windows.
The re-announcement of the Windows 10 end of support date can be regarded as the advent of Windows 11. With 1.3 billion Windows-enabled devices worldwide, it will take three to four years to migrate to the new version. Related information can be found here ( Nvidia , Microsoft ).