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Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista - Heroes of the Storm Forums

Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista - Heroes of the Storm Forums

The company has announced that WoW, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm will all cease to work on the two older versions of Windows starting this October.

Blizzard has announced that it will end support for older operating systems this October.

"Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them". Each new update and DLC for its games needs to be checked for compatibility issues with the old versions of Windows.

While Blizzard is known for their tried and true support of their legacy games, even 14 years into some of them, there's a limit. In 2017, that's no longer the case.

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Microsoft ended support of these two OSes long ago in 2009 (XP) and 2012 (Vista), but Blizzard saw the number of players still using them at the time and chose to continue supporting them. Three major Windows releases later, though, the "vast majority of our audience has upgraded" to a more recent OS, Blizzard says. The end of support will be staggered, so not all games will stop working as we reach October, but it's best to assume they will.

The lack of support means that these games won't be playable at all on these operating systems.

Unfortunately there's no date in mind for the change, but if you're running Blizzard games on these OSes, you're going to want to kick into action if you want to continue to be able to play some of your favorite games.


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