Blizzard is to discontinue all support for Windows XP and Vista later this year.
Nearly all PC gamers will have moved on from the older versions of Windows, Microsoft stopped supporting them some time ago. Now Blizzard has decided it’s time to remove support for the older version of Windows for all their games which includes World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. The update explains why the support is ceasing.
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.
In other words, if you’re running Windows XP or Vista, get with the times and upgrade.