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

Bhavya shah

Hi Brian,
4% of NVDA users are still on Windows XP.

On 9/1/17, Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io
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Although I'm sad. The writing is on the wall and has been for some time. I
personally do not think too much risk is there for users if you are careful.

The sad fact is that the hoops that one has to jump through to get features

to work on later systems while detecting the earlier ones where it cannot be

implemented is kind of self defeating.
It might be probably better if there are people interested in developing
some extras for nvda in xp and vista, if a dedicated band of programmers do

this as I think I posted earlier today.

I'd have ideally liked to have had a warning first though, so people could
put things in place like changing machines. I do see though that if you look

around the world for machines for second users on the cheap not many are
offered with xp.. You have a lot on 7. I think NV Access know how many
machines are running what systems from what comes back from the downloder
system I'd imagine. After all when you go on web sites these days nearly all

of them tell you what operating system you have and what browser you have
and direct you to the right download. I don't think Nv Access would take
this decision lightly if a significant number still use xp.
However why not set up a mail list for interested XP parties and see what
happens. if enough people are affected, I'm sure nv access would listen to
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Antony Stone" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:50 PM
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
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
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
continue to be developed there is nothing to stop anyone from pursuing
this as
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

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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" <>
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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