Blizzard is dropping Windows XP/Vista support for WOW in October

Do any gamers still use Windows XP?

Blizzard reveals plans to drop support for Windows XP and Vista


Blizzard is dropping Windows XP/Vista support for WOW in October


Blizzard has officially confirmed that they plan to drop support for Windows XP and Vista in World of Warcraft this October, with plans to also drop support in other titles Starcraft 2, Diablo III, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm from playing on them. 

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in 2009 and stopped supporting Vista in 2012, with most PC gamers moving to newer operating systems like Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 since then. Now Blizzard has plans on dropping support for these OS' from both Battle.net and from each of the games listed above.

Blizzard has issued the following warning so that users of these legacy operating systems can upgrade or replace their systems in time for the change.


We will be ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista for several Blizzard games. For World of Warcraft, we’re ending support for these operating systems in October.

Microsoft ended mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a segment of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued to support them. Now that there have been three major Windows releases since Vista’s release and a clear majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions of Windows, we are ready to make this change.

After this time, Windows XP and Vista will not be supported and World of Warcraft will not run on them. We encourage any players who are still using one of these older operating systems to upgrade to a newer version prior to this date to continue playing.


This is a very smart move from Blizzard, as maintaining support for older operating systems has gotten increasingly difficult as each of their games are updated. With such a small number of gamers using these operating systems, verifying that every new game expansion and update functions properly on them becomes almost a complete waste of effort.


Blizzard is dropping Windows XP/Vista support for WOW in October   

The reason why Blizzard can safely drop support for these older operating systems is because there is almost nobody that currently using them, at least for gaming applications. Beyond that these OS' also lack any security support from Microsoft, making these OS' unsafe for even basic internet browsing. To say the least, anyone using these OS' should consider upgrading to a new one, even if just for peace of mind. 


You can join the discussion on Blizzard's plans to drop support for Windows XP and Vista from their games on the OC3D Forums


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