Google Chrome not supporting Windows 7

Google is set to officially end Chrome web browser support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in February next year.

On Feb. 7, 2023 Google is planning to release Chrome version 110, which will signify the last version of the browser available to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Any Chrome releases after that will require Windows 10 or later to work, and Google makes it clear(Opens in a new window) that, "older versions of Chrome will continue to work, but there will be no further updates released for users on these operating systems."

Google timed the end of support for these now very old operating systems to coincide with Microsoft's support timetable. Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 ESU(Opens in a new window) and Windows 8.1 extended(Opens in a new window) on Jan. 10 next year. So Chrome users get an extra month to perform their long overdue OS upgrade, or more likely a whole system upgrade.

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Chrome Enterprise

Extending Chrome on Windows 7 to Support our Enterprise Customers

November 20, 2020

Max Christoff

Engineering Director, Chrome

Editor's note: In order to protect enterprises that are continuing their transition away from Windows 7, Chrome is extending support for Windows 7 through January 15, 2023 for critical security and stability updates.

This year has presented a lot of challenges for organizations of all sizes. Facing difficult business and technology decisions, supporting a changing work environment, and navigating uncertainty are among just a few of the issues IT leaders have faced over the course of 2020. While the past few months served as a catalyst for technology investments and digital transformation initiatives for many organizations, for others, some planned IT projects may have had to take a back seat. 

After assessing the current situation, and based on feedback from our valued enterprise customers, Chrome is extending our support for Windows 7 until at least January 15, 2022. That’s a 6-month extension from our previously communicated date of July 15, 2021. We’ll continue to evaluate the conditions our enterprise customers are facing, and communicate any additional changes in the future.

Migrating to Windows 10 was a part of many organizations’ roadmap for the year. But as new priorities for IT teams emerged, we’ve heard that 21% of organizations are still in the process of migrating to Windows 10.1 With this extension of support, enterprises with their upgrades still in progress can rest assured that their users remaining on Windows 7 will continue to benefit from Chrome’s security and productivity benefits. IT teams can also take advantage of Chrome’s existing enterprise capabilities and future roadmap, including our continued investment in cloud management, enterprise security capabilities, and our plans to integrate more closely with the broader ecosystem across the operating system versions. 

Our hope is that this extension gives our enterprise customers the flexibility they need to continue supporting their workforce, while moving off of Windows 7 as their situation allows. For more information on how Chrome supports enterprises, visit 

1. Source: Kantar study commissioned by Google Chrome Enterprise, Q2 2020

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Which version of Chrome support in Windows 7?

Chrome 109 is the last version of Chrome that will support Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.

What should I do when Windows 7 is no longer supported?

There are a few options for using a supported version of Windows: Recommended: New PC with Windows 11 Windows 11 is the most current version of Windows. If you have an older PC, we recommend you move to Windows 11 by buying a new PC.