Activision-Blizzard to End XP and Vista Support for PC Titles

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Activision-Blizzard to End XP and Vista Support for PC Titles

February 19, 2017

By: Robert Grosso


Activision-Blizzard is moving forward for PC support.

An announcement today on by the community manager Tyvalir states Activision-Blizzard will no longer support Windows XP and Vista operating systems. Several titles will be affected by this change, including Diablo III, Hearthstone, StarCraft II and World of Warcraft.

Blizzard states that the reason for the support ending is the fact that the majority of their audience has moved on to a new operating system. "since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them," stated the post. "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."

In the future, all titles that use Windows XP and Vista will not work in the future, with Activision-Blizzard encouraging players to upgrade their operating system at this time. The company is also staggering out the changes over the year, and is promising further notices as each game is ready to be shut down.


Microsoft introduced Windows XP in 2001, and was part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, which included Windows 7 and 8, with Windows Vista being released in 2007. Windows XP in particular is still among the most popular operating systems in the world, despite Windows ceasing updates for the operating system back in 2014.

Windows has stopped supporting XP and Vista in favor of Windows 10, which is currently among the most popular operating systems in the world.

Quick Take

It's a practical move on Activision-Blizzards part. Windows XP and Vista are both popular operating systems, but Microsoft has abandoned them for some time now in favor of Windows 10. This will make the game hard to play for a lot of people worldwide, however, as Windows XP and Vista are extremely popular operating browsers overseas still, especially in South America and Asia. 

What do you think about this though? Leave your comments below. 

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