Google Chrome will stop working on millions of computers by 2022 - check if you’ll be affected

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 1:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 1:01 pm

Within the next two years, some Windows computers will no longer be able to support the Google Chrome web browser.

From January 15 2022, Google Chrome will stop working on millions of computers around the world running the Windows 7 operating system.

People using the older software will therefore have to update their operating systems to Windows 10.

Why will Chrome stop supporting Windows 7?

Chrome is set to stop supporting Windows 7 because Windows creator, Microsoft, no longer provides updates for its older operating system. This means that users are at risk of security vulnerabilities and issues.

Initially, Google had planned to stop supporting the Windows 7 operating system on 15 July 2021, but has since decided to extend the support for an extra six months, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Max Christoff, Engineering Director at Chrome, said, “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.”

In a blog post, he explained, “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 organisations, for others, some planned IT projects may have had to take a back seat.”

Christoff added that Chrome will “continue to evaluate the conditions our enterprise customers are facing, and communicate any additional changes in the future.”

How to update to Windows 10

To update to Windows 10, go to your computer settings and find the Windows Update page. You can choose a time that works best for you to download the update, as you’ll need to restart your computer to complete the installation.

After that, your device will be running Windows 10.

Alternatively, you can manually check for the latest recommended updates by going to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.