Google is extending Chrome support for Windows 7 by another year

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 17, 2021
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Google continues to support all editions of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system by another year.

Microsoft ended support for Home editions of Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 officially. Businesses and Enterprise customers can subscribe to Extended Security Updates (ESU), which unlocks security updates to Windows 7 devices for up to three years. Microsoft announced this month that it won't extend support beyond January 2023.

Many software companies announced extensions of support beyond 2020. Browser makers such as Mozilla or Google announced that their products would continue to support Windows 7.

Microsoft's own Microsoft Edge web browser is supported until January 15, 2023 on Windows 7. The company stopped supporting the operating system, at least on Home systems, but continues to support select applications.

Internet Explorer 11 on the other hand, won't be supported after June 15, 2022 by Microsoft. The decision affects all supported platforms, not just the Windows 7 operating system.

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Google announced that it would support Windows 7 for another year-and-a-half initially, until July 15, 2021. The company extended the pledge to support Windows 7 until January 15, 2022 at the very least. With the day coming up fast, the company announced that it would extend support by another year. In other words: Google will support Chrome on Windows 7 until at least January 15, 2023.

The new support end date syncs it with Microsoft's ESU support end date.

Important: Chrome is extending support for Windows 7 through January 15, 2023 for critical security and stability updates.

Google's wording on the support page suggest that Chrome will only receive security and stability updates, similar to how Microsoft handles updates for Windows 7 devices that are subscribed to ESU. Whether that is indeed the case or just a careful wording remains to be seen.

For now, Chrome is supported on the following Windows platforms:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or later
  • Servers require Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Server 2016.
  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or later that's SSE3 capable

Other Chromium-based browsers will likely extend support by another year as well. Mozilla continues to support Firefox on Windows 7 as well; the organization has not revealed an end of support date yet for Firefox on Windows 7.

Closing Words

Google extending support by another year for Chrome on Windows 7 suggests that a sizeable number of Chrome installations is still run on Windows 7. Google did not reveal numbers, percentage or otherwise, though.

Now You: which operating systems do you run currently?


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  1. Anonymas said on January 17, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    So if I understand correctly the latest version of chrome to support Windows 7 and 8.1 are the chrome version 109 or 110 with the message of end of support of chrome this computer will no longer receive chrome updates because compatibility will no longer be ensured on Windows 7 Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as for Windows xp and vista for version 49 of chrome

  2. Ben said on January 15, 2022 at 3:24 am

    >> Good. Windows 7only OS that’s worth using still. Windows 8, 10, 11 all garbage.
    My advice to you is downgrade to Windows 3.1. It’s much, much better than Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12.

  3. Anonymous said on December 18, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Security and stability updates, that means no more features on Win 7? So Win 10 version will be different?

  4. Anon said on December 5, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Windows 7 is basically the new XP

    A lot of programs are still going to be at the extended phase of until at least 2022 or 2023

    I see what Google is doing though with Chrome. They want to axe Chrome for Windows 7 in 2023 but most likely Windows 8.1 will be axed too since support also runs out in Jan 2023

    Two birds with one stone for Google lol

  5. Emil Resmann said on November 22, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    I usually use Ubuntu (Linux), but I still have a Windows 7 machine for special purposes. I hope Mozilla and Google will continue supporting their browsers, as I have no intention of switching to Windows 10!

  6. Amoumimous said on November 18, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    If Google extends chrome support on Windows 7 and 8 until January 2023 it could have done so on Windows XP and Vista extend chrome until April 2017

  7. Ashfox said on November 18, 2021 at 6:04 am

    The Mozilla people are now crying, Firefox on Windows 7 ESU in 2022 was their last chance to be of any use to anyone.

  8. Anonymous said on November 17, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Good. Windows 7only OS that’s worth using still. Windows 8, 10, 11 all garbage.

  9. Anonymous said on November 17, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Did you hear that, Microsoft ? Even Chrome users find Windows 8+ too repugnant to downgrade to.

  10. just an Ed said on November 17, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    I usually boot into Linux Mint (like now). I have a HDD drive with Windows 7 in this computer as well. I keep it mainly for 4 purchased programs that I find either easier to use than Linux equivalents, or for which there are no such equivalents; such as 1 printing program I use for optical discs that has pre-cut templates. I don’t use Chrome at all, although I do have Chromium installed on the Linux drive.

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