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Windows XP/Vista/7 Compatible App Packages, Adding To The App Directory

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Windows XP/Vista/7 Compatible App Packages, Adding To The App Directory

I'm working on adding legacy builds of apps that have dropped support for Windows XP or Vista to the base app homepages. The goal is to make them easier to find for folks on legacy systems. I'm listing out completed packages and packages that are being researched and built below. The packages are designed to install alongside your main app installs and won't be updated to the latest version - breaking compatibility with your legacy OS - by the PA.c Platform.

If you know of an app that needs to be added, please make a comment with the app and last working version or first non-working version if you know them. Or a close enough version but please indicate this. There's a thread on PFC that may have some info to assist us, too. We have access to old versions we've packaged and don't need help finding downloads unless indicated.

I've added fallback support for Windows XP and Vista to our download mirror setup for all apps we host. The platform will also detect if an unofficial TLS 1.2 patch has been applied and use it. I put together a Root Certificate Updates For Legacy Windows (Vista, XP, 2000) package and instructions on Github to allow legacy users to update to current certificates and support for Let's Encrypt. I also put together an instruction set and reg update to Enable TLS 1.1/1.2 on Windows Vista. Additionally, there is LegacyUpdate.net which reverse engineers the old Windows Update system for legacy Windows allowing you to install all available updates as well as server updates in addition to updating certificates. Neither PortableApps.com nor I are affiliated with this or can speak to its security but it seems to work well in my testing.

I'll remove comments as they are added to this list. And I may eventually build a suite of apps for these older versions of Windows depending on time and interest. Thanks for your help!

Windows Legacy Versions Completed and Available

Windows Legacy Versions Needed (Including Last Working or First Non-Working)

  • Explorer++ 1.3.5
  • Gimp 2.8.22 ?
  • Gramps 3.4.9?
  • Hedgewars 0.9.24.1 (first non-XP release?)
  • Jpegview 1.0.37 (non XP)
  • Kobo Deluxe 0.5.1?
  • Lucas Chess 11.17
  • MuseScore 3.6.2 (Win 7/8, 10 32-bit)
  • Notepad++ 7.9.2
  • NVDA 2017.3 (XP/Vista)
  • OBS 27.2.4 (for Win7/8 64-bit)
  • Password Safe Portable 3.42.1 (first non-XP release?)
  • Qbittorrent 4.1.9.1?
  • Seamonkey 2.49.5
  • Sumatra PDF 3.1.2
  • SWI-Prolog 7.6.4 (XP)
  • Thunderbird 52.9.1 (XP/Vista) [John rebuilding...]
  • ZoomIt

Upcoming Windows Legacy Versions

  • Google Chrome 109 - version 110 drops support for Windows 7/8/8.1, also Chrome variants