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Hundreds of Thousands of Windows XP Users Won't Be Able to Use Steam Soon


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Valve is kicking the operating system off its service starting January 2019. Upgrade or GTFO.

 

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Windows XP and Vista users have six months to upgrade their operating systems or get the hell off of Steam.

 

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“Steam will officially stop supporting the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems,” Valve, the company that operates Steam, said in a post to its XP and Vista support community. “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.”

 

Windows XP users are a tiny fraction of Steam's overall user base, only 0.22 percent according to Valve's own tracking. However, 0.22 percent out of a total of 125 million Steam users, is roughly 275,000 users who will no longer have access to Counter-Strike unless they upgrade. That's a lot of potentially annoyed customers.

 

Those quarter millions users will have to upgrade or leave. According to Valve, the new features its rolling out on Steam—including its nifty new Discord-style chat system—use an embedded version of Chrome that the older versions of Windows can’t support. “In addition, future versions of Steam will require Windows feature and security updates only present in Windows 7 and above,” Valve said.

 

That’s what this is really about. Security. Look. Windows XP was great. We all loved Windows XP, but it came out in 2001 and Microsoft stopped supporting it in 2014. Microsoft has been a victim of its own success. XP is was so popular that millions of users, some of them in government and business, have clung to the operating system despite its increasing security issues. Microsoft even released an emergency security patch in 2017 in response to the WannaCry malware.

 

To those 275,000 I say upgrade or lose the ability to AWP noobs in Counter-Strike 1.6.

 

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WHAT ME WORRY? Be sure that I'll sleep tonight as well as ever!

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1 hour ago, luisam said:

WHAT ME WORRY? Be sure that I'll sleep tonight as well as ever!

As long  as you play old popcap games and things that want run on newer windows and don't use steam  i dont guess it would matter  just make sure you have a good firewall installed  is the main thing . I loved XP  back  when used it   last  in 2010 but slow  computers  that dont even play above 480p x264  very well dont interest me . Only newer computers that came with vista x64 and above  i can make fast Linux boxes out of. I still have a old XP box here  it only runs good with XP on it,  I tried  a light version of Linux it was too slow.

 

The problem  with old computers from early 2000s even modern browsers want work in them very well .so have to use a browser from the stone age and cant find no drivers that work for my WiFi adapter so i have to run it Wired  unless i put Linux on it , witch works out the box.  i may as well put it in the garbage .  The last version XP  i bought  back in  like 2010 I would not even wish that on  no one too use ,  when i put windows 7 on it, it  was slow as crap, but i done blew it up using Windows 7 on it for 2 years.  My towers I have One PC with just Linux , One PC with Windows 7 and One with Windows 8.1 and Linux and two Laptop with Windows 7... I most likely will turn the Windows 7 pcs into Linux boxes in 2020. With all these I dont need this old XP box  or the hassle of finding old software for it  . It reminds me of the time when I only had one good PC and it went out and I had to use one i had with Windows 98 i had get to my software from old version.com.  :tooth:

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i don't get why some people are still holding on to XP for dear life 

Ther'es always Windows 7, Then Windows 8.1 if you don't want to go full-monty Windows 10

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I haven't been following anything on grandpa XP for long but I imagine those running that OS might be on aging hardware or something like that, right? If so, is there anything they are getting off Steam at this time and date?

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