Re: Important announcement: NVDA 2017.3 is the last version to support Windows versions prior to 7 and Server 2008 R2 service pack 1

kavein thran

change is constant, and only if we are ready to adapt, we can
progress, I fully wellcome this. In result of this transformation, we
can adapt newer codes and modern programming methods.


On 8/31/17, Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:

It wasn't that browse mode wouldn't run. there has been a long standing
problem that, if NVDA freezes and runs again, or if you unload and reload
and rerun NVDA when a browser is opened, browse mode won't be available.
This necessitates closing and opening the browser again, which can be
annoying. The developers want to correct this problem but continued support
for XP makes it much harder to do. And, as you see, there are many other
reasons to discontinue support. One significant program that no longer runs
in XP is Drop Box, which wasn't mentioned in Antony's comments. The Drop
Box site isn't fully accessible and its design makes it very inefficient to
work with using a browser. For many users that's a very important issue.
And at some point, I don't know when, antimalware designers will drop
support for XP. Fortunately, many haven't done so yet and may not as a
public service for quite some time, but it will happen at some point.

Modern peripherals, printers, scanners, perhaps external sound cards, and I
would think others I haven't thought of, no longer support XP. You have to
use old ones, which are going to become increasingly hard to find over time
in the used market and increasingly less reliable as they age. You will
still be able to use the current version of XP which is very capable and
which will meett many peoples' needs who use XP well or reasonably well for
quite some time. And I recall you saying you didn't intend to upgrade from
17.2 ever because its so wonderful. So why do you say this is such bad news
for you? You don't even intend to use the latest available version.

----- Original message -----
From: Antony Stone
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:50 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Important announcement: NVDA 2017.3 is the last version
to support Windows versions prior to 7 and Server 2008 R2 service pack 1

Yes, this means that NVDA 2017.3 is the last version which will run under
Windows XP.

The browse mode problem is not the only reason for NV Access deciding to
putting effort into making NVDA compatible with an operating system which
mainstream support from Microsoft in 2009 and extended support in 2014.

Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, and plenty of current software will

not run under Windows XP. Firefox support for XP stopped at version 52
2017) for example.

It is a significant security risk to continue using Windows XP.

If you do want to continue using XP, NVDA 2017.3 will continue to run and
continue to be available if people want to reinstall it, but higher versions

of NVDA will require features which are only present in later versions of

NVDA is open source software, so if enough people think an XP version should

continue to be developed there is nothing to stop anyone from pursuing this
a forked project, but I personally think it is better for the core
to focus their efforts on writing for supported operating systems and
machines than being held back by being limited to what XP can do.



On Thursday 31 August 2017 at 13:34:08, nasrin khaksar wrote:

hi joseph.
its a very very bad news for me.
do you mean that nvda 2017.3 is the last version that xp users can use?
i realy cant understand why continue support of xp, may cause browse
mode not available for people who use firefox!
can you explane me about this?
but please explane me in simple sentences that i can easy understand.
thanks so much.

On 8/31/17, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io

<bglists@...> wrote:
Well I'm going to have to keep my clunkers on xp, since they are too
slow, but basically the current version of nvda is now very capable
indeed so its

not such a loss. I'll probably get thae last master or next snap that
will still work and stop updates there.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen" <whocrazy@...>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:37 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Important announcement: NVDA 2017.3 is the last

to support Windows versions prior to 7 and Server 2008 R2 service pack

Oh well, I guess I'll have to upgrade to w7 fully now.
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