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Windows XP was released in 2001, making it over 12 years old. Microsoft aren't going to support it forever, and so support for Windows XP ends on April 8th. If you are still on Windows XP, it's definitely time to upgrade. Newer versions of Windows are more secure, more reliable, have better compatibility, and also have additional benefits for Construct 2 users. After Windows XP support ends, it will become increasingly insecure and less well supported.
There are some variations in Construct 2's support across versions of Windows. If you've only ever used it on Windows XP, here are some of the differences:
There are some other problems you may run in to in the long term:
Windows 8 has been a somewhat controversial update. Personally I can recommend Windows 8.1 - you can set it to boot directly to the desktop and it brings the start menu button back, so it actually feels like a traditional desktop OS which just happens to have a full-screen Start menu. It's also really useful to have Windows 8.1 to test Windows Store apps (you can run both 8.0 and 8.1 apps on it). However if you don't like it and don't care about Windows Store apps, Windows 7 is still a solid choice - it still supports key features like AAC encoding, command dialogs and IE11.
We are asked this constantly! We are well aware of many user's desire to use Construct 2 on their favourite OS. Unfortunately we just don't have the resources to take on a port right now. However we are definitely considering what we can do about this in our long-term plans and do hope to address it eventually. Also my intent is not to sound like a salesman for Windows, but to point out some of the real advantages for Construct 2 users of using at least Windows 7 or newer.
12 years is an aeon in the world of technology, but that's how old XP is. It's like using Windows 95 in 2007. Microsoft's support ends in two months, so if you are able to upgrade, it would be wise to start planning it now. And if you upgrade, hopefully you will also enjoy the perks of better support that come with a newer version of Windows.
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