You can play God of War on Windows 7 using an unofficial patch

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  • Fancy playing the latest God of War game but you still haven't upgraded to Windows 10?
  • Few would think such a thing is possible but you'd be surprised to find out that it actually is.
  • You can achieve this by using some unofficial patches that will unlock old OS compatibility. 
  • If you want to revert the changes and play on a more recent Windows, you have to clean install.
GOW Windows 7

Haven’t transitioned to Windows 11 yet? Was Windows 10 really not your cup of tea and you preferred to stick with your trusty Windows 7?

Well, that shouldn’t really be a problem if want to also enjoy the last of the God of War games in the series, which recently became available for PCs, through Steam.

Yes, you’ve heard correctly, it is actually possible to run the title, provided you know where to look for the software that makes it all possible.

Install and play God of War on your Windows 7 PC

You might know that God of War is only officially supported to run on Windows 10 and Windows 11. However, an unofficial patch has allowed Sony’s blockbuster game to be played on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

How about that for backward compatibility/. Gameguru Mania reports that the patch was created by NexusMods user okt04175.

This software modifies the OS detection behavior in the game, which unlocks it for Microsoft’s older operating systems.

But, in order to achieve this, four other patches are also required, among which are doitsujin’s DXVK, HansKristian-Work’s vkd3d-proton, Sporif’s DXVK-Async Patch, and marco-calautti’s DeltaPatcher.

If you really intend to go ahead with the process, you can find the full details of how to go about patching the game on its very own NexusMods page.

Note that the result of installing these unofficial patches is the fact that the game will no longer run on Windows 10 or Windows 11.

Reverting back to those officially-supported operating systems would require a fresh install without the patches.

If you were also wondering about what requirements the game has for the older OS, it’s something along the line of Intel Core i5-2500K or Ryzen 3 1200 combined with 8GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 960 or Radeon R9 290X graphics card.

This pretty much means that only a few Windows 7 systems out there will actually be capable of running God of War.

This is great for those who still haven’t upgraded from these obsolete versions of the operating system, although we strongly recommend they do so, for safety reasons.

Have you managed to install the latest God of War game on your Windows 7 rig? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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