Blizzard ending support for Windows XP and Vista


While most of us have moved on to modern versions of Windows such as Windows 7, 8, or 10, there may be a few folk still running XP and Vista. If anyone is still running these older versions it might be time to change if you want support from Blizzard. Surely nobody is running these still?

A post from Blizzard announces the discontinuation of support for XP and Vista later this year.

Starting later 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.

After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them, 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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  1. That’s what you get with online-only games. SC2 should be able to work offline, but they force you to log in to b.net.

    • Despite all complaints people have with the console version of Diablo 3, it was great to be able to play offline. Atleast in Starcraft 2 you can log in online, then disconnect for single player mode. I do agree, online only has its purposes, but it really sucks. Wish Overwatch would work like DotA AI maps in Warcraft 3.

  2. Did I save myself hundreds of dollars not giving Microsoft $100 every 3 months? Why yes I did.

    It’s infuriating since they already did drop SP2 a couple years ago – the Diablo 3 patcher has higher requirements than the game itself. Diablo 2 won’t even run on battle.net. Amazing.

    You buy something one day, you’d expect it to work the next, right? Good thing I don’t care about Blizzard products anymore. Good thing there are a vast number of alternatives out there for the same kind of poop. To hell with them.

  3. Blizzard’s offerings just aren’t worth the hassle these days. Starcraft 2 WAS playable offline. I didn’t even know they made that online only too, it’s been so long since I bothered to click on it. Anyway, I don’t buy online only games. When I buy something I want to actually BUY it, not just subscribe and you can take away my access whenever you feel like it… Maybe I should reject the SC2 ToS and ask for a refund. I don’t really play that trash anyway. I made an exception because D3 was D3, but I don’t plan on giving Blizz any money ever again. In all fairness it seems the majority of the industry is headed this online only BS. Just means I will stop spending money on video games I guess. Oh well. There’s already enough awesome stuff out there that’s NOT online only to keep me occupied for 50 years. I literally have dozens of console games still shrink wrapped because I haven’t had time to play them yet. And I’m 2 console generations behind. (PS3 and Wii games shrink wrapped, don’t even have a PS4 or Wii U yet, still playing mostly PS2 and Gamecube game backlog)

    • SCH still is playable offline, but you have to log in to b.net periodically – so the very first time you play. This means you have to update to the latest version, which won’t work on XP or Vista any more.

  4. Who cares???

    Diablo 2, Starcraft 1, Warcraft 2 and 3 still run on XP. Perhaps even Diablo 1 runs on it.

    So I won’t be able to play blizzard’s recent games. Big f*cking deal. There are still good maps and mods for all those good old games on the net that I haven’t tested yet. No need for blizz casual-friendly post-2003 debacles.

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