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NewsJul 24, 2017 8:00 pm CT

Blizzard is ending support for Windows XP and Vista starting this October

This likely won’t come as a surprise to most, but Blizzard will soon be ending support for both Windows XP and Windows Vista for all of its current titles — save Overwatch — starting this October. This isn’t actually the first we’ve heard of this, but it does give us a better idea of when this will all start. I say “start” because Blizzard apparently plans to use a staggered schedule instead of outright ending all support at once. Whether that means staggering per game or per OS remains to be seen.

Granted, a staggered schedule could mean the whole process lasts a few weeks, or it could last a few months. Regardless, you should probably work on picking up Windows 10 if you’re still using an OS that’s over a decade old. Microsoft itself no longer supports either of these OSes, with XP support having ended in 2014 and Vista support having ended last April. In other words, neither OS has been receiving the latest security updates.

{PB} On top of what will likely be a faster, more enjoyable user experience — yes, I know some of you will disagree with this — the security factor is a big enough reason by itself that you should upgrade if you’re still running one of these operating systems. Sure, Windows 10 isn’t unanimously considered perfect, but the security updates are actually there for a reason. So why not upgrade?

And if you’re feeling especially adventurous and have the cash laying around to do so, what better time to put together an entirely new computer rig than when you’ll be upgrading the operating system anyhow? I know I see nothing wrong with the logic!

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Originally Posted by Nate Valenta (Official Post)

Starting in October of this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.

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. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.

The games will not run on these older operating systems once they are no longer supported, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We’ll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.

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