- Using an obsolete operating system is really no joke when it comes to security.
- Nvidia, however, will still release important security patches for them until 2024.
- Thus, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users received new protection software today.
Surely all the gamers out there know that Nvidia, the ultra-popular hardware manufacturer, officially ended support for Microsoft’s Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems in 2021.
That being said, the company also announced that it would release critical security updates for unsupported systems until September 2024.
And now we are about to touch on the subject of critical updates designed for obsolete operating systems again because Nvidia just released some.
Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 get Nvidia security updates
Yes, this is no joke, as Nvidia just released GeForce Security Update Drivers for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 this week.
Version 473.81 includes only security-related changes, but no feature additions or improvements regarding games or other applications.
Just as mentioned above, these operating systems are no longer supported by Game Ready Drivers, so this is a definite win for users.
If we were about to look at this hardware-wise, Nvidia GeForce 473.81 driver supports desktop graphics cards from the GTX 600 to RTX 3000 Series and mobile GPUs from the GeForce 800 Series to RTX 3000 Series.
And, of course, interested users can get their hands on the latest release directly from the official Nvidia website.
This latest release lists the security issues in the GPU display driver and VGPU software that Nivida patched in the update.
If you were wondering about the severity rating of the bulletin, then know that it is rated as high, which means the need for tweaking was really big.
The following CVE identifiers are used:
It goes without saying that Windows users who run Windows 7 or 8/8.1 systems with Nvidia GPUs should install the latest display driver for the system to patch the vulnerabilities and protect their devices against potential attacks that target the vulnerabilities.
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