NVIDIA has cut driver support for versions below Windows 10, along with the RTX 30 series.Introduced in September last year, the RTX 30 series continued the company’s traditional performance leap while hosting the development of various technologies.
Evaluating different reasons along with the requirements of the developed technologies, NVIDIA has cut driver support for all Windows versions except Windows 10 for the RTX 30 series.
We have previously seen many software and hardware manufacturers discontinue support for older Windows versions for similar reasons. However, NVIDIA is making a strict decision by cutting off support for older Windows versions that still have many users. Assuming that users with up-to-date hardware will not use the old versions, it can also be considered an appropriate move.
When you select Windows 10 versions for RTX 3090 on the company’s driver download page, you can no longer access any drivers. For example, when you search for a driver for Windows 8.1 like in the image, you encounter the error “NOT DRIVERS FOUND”, ie no driver found.
In addition, for users with a card from the RTX 30 series on their laptop, there is only the Windows 10 option. Thus, using Windows 10 has become a necessity to use an RTX 30 series graphics card.
Finally, let’s note that there is still support for Windows 8.1, 8 and 7 for RTX 20, GTX 16 and GTX 10 versions.