Blizzard is officially ending support for Windows XP and Vista

If you’re still playing Blizzard games like World of Warcraft or StarCraft II on either Windows XP or Windows Vista, you should make plans to upgrade sooner rather than later since Blizzard has announced it will be ending support for both of those operating systems later this year.

According to this recent post on the Blizzard forums, the company chose to keep supporting Windows XP and Vista for its various titles even though Microsoft stopped supporting them back in 2009 (for Windows XP) and 2012 (for Windows Vista) respectively. However, since there have now been three major Windows releases since XP and Vista (Windows 7, 8, and 10), Blizzard feels now is the time to pull the plug on legacy system support. Once the changes go into effect, no modern Blizzard games will work on Windows XP or Vista, so users who are still using those legacy operating systems are encouraged to upgrade ASAP.

A specific timeframe for when support for Windows XP and Vista will cease hasn’t yet been confirmed, but Blizzard says it will start happening later this year on a staggered schedule.