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Epic Games: End of Support on These Windows Versions

Epic Games Store, known to be one of the last bastions of support for pre-10 versions of Windows, has announced a significant change that will affect many of its users. In June 2024, it will end support for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 32-bit versions of Windows 10



Epic Games: end support for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and some Windows 10 versions

The announcement from Epic Games highlights a transition to more modern and secure operating systems, such as 64-bit Windows 10 and Windows 11, uniquely available in 64-bit versions. This move is not isolated: it follows a trend of gradual departure from older software versions, which no longer receive critical security updates or new features.

I have Windows 7 or 8, what do I need to do to keep playing? 

If you are running Windows 7 or 8 and want to continue enjoying your favorite games on the Epic Games Store, now is the time to act. The most direct and effective solution is to upgrade your operating system to a newer version, such as Windows 10 or Windows 11 by purchasing a license, both of which are supported by the Epic Games Store after June 2024. This will not only ensure your continued access to games but also improve the security and performance of your computer. Before upgrading, make sure your hardware is compatible with the new versions of Windows. Microsoft offers free tools that can help you verify this compatibility. If upgrading the operating system is not an option for you, consider buying a new device or explore other gaming platforms that continue to support older versions of Windows.


Upgrade from Windows 10 32-bit to 64-bit

In order to upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows 10 to a 64-bit version, it is important to know that this process requires a complete reinstallation of the operating system, as a direct upgrade is not possible. Before proceeding, check that your hardware is compatible with the 64-bit version of Windows. Most modern processors support running 64-bit operating systems, but you can check this compatibility through your system information or your processor manufacturer’s website.

  • Start by performing a full backup of your personal data, including documents, photos, software, and settings, since reinstalling will erase everything on the drive where Windows is installed.

  • Visit Microsoft’s official website to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, choosing the 64-bit version. Use this tool to create a bootable USB flash drive or DVD.

  • Reboot your computer and access the BIOS or UEFI to change the boot order, setting the USB drive or DVD as the first boot option.

  • Reboot your computer with the installation media inserted and follow the instructions to install Windows 10 64-bit. During the installation, select “Custom: install only Windows (advanced)” to perform a clean installation.

  • After the installation, you will need to reinstall all the applications you use and restore data from the previously created backup.

This process will allow you to take advantage of the improved performance and ability to handle more memory offered by the 64-bit version of Windows 10, thereby improving the efficiency and user experience of your PC.

Upgrade for free from Windows 10 32-bit to Windows 11 32-bit

To upgrade from 32-bit Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free, you can follow our guide on how to upgrade Windows 11. Make sure your PC meets the minimum requirements for Windows 11. Microsoft provides the “PC Health Check” app that you can download from its official website to check compatibility. Before upgrading, it is essential to make a full backup of your data to prevent the loss of important documents, images, applications, and personal settings.

The approaching end of Epic Games Store support for older versions of Windows is a clear signal of the importance of having up-to-date software. For interested users, it is advisable to consider upgrading to newer, more secure versions of Windows, not only to continue to enjoy Epic Games Store services but also to ensure security and compatibility with future technological innovations.

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