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Blizzard ceases support for the best Windows OS ever made beginning in October

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Time is changing and as we move into the Windows 10 world where everyone runs it and everyone needs it, gaming has also become dependant on it. While some games still support older OSes like Windows XP and Vista, Blizzard has announced that come October, they will be moving away from the older Windows operating systems completely. 

In a forum post, Nate Valenta, Community Manager at Blizzard, went on to mention how they will soon begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista. Starting in October this year, Blizzard will cease to support the two operating systems 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.

While this may not affect many gamers out there, as I highly doubt there are millions of people who dive into Sanctuary while on their Windows XP PC, it is still a big deal for some who perhaps run dual OSes in order to still keep the XP dream alive. It goes without saying that Windows XP was probably the greatest Windows ever created, and Vista, well, we will not say anything about that right now. 

I personally know a few people who still run XP, but enhanced editions, which have been modded for days in order to enhance the experience even further. These will most likely not make the cut either. If you are still running XP, then I guess it is time to upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 10. You could always just stop playing Blizzard games as that is really the only two options right now. Blizzard has not given a set date in October for when this will take place, but we can guess it will be around the launch of the PC version of Destiny 2, which is set for release on 24 October 2017. 

Do you still use Windows XP or Windows Vista? Let us know in the comments below. 

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