Blender 2.77 drops Windows XP support

Feb 22, 2016
After supporting Windows XP for a really long time, [Blender](//blender.org) foundation decided to drop the support for it in release 2.77. The reason for taking such a decision was the switch to [Python](//python.org) 3.5 which comes with PEP 11 which does not support little-used the platform (includes [Windows](//windows.com) XP).

Microsoft had dropped support for Windows XP, before the release of Python 3.5, which ended up with Python 3.5 not supporting XP. While there are possibilities to backport Python 3.5 to XP, it does not seem like Blender offers support after backports are developed.

This means Blender 2.77 32 Bit release will require Vista or higher release of Windows. While this might be a bad news for XP users, you can still continue using 2.76 release, which is the last and latest version of Blender to support XP.

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