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Instead of making a long list of software that supports Windows 7, I'm making a list of software that doesn't work with Windows 7.

There are four categories, the first is: Windows 10+ only, the second is: Windows 8+ only, the third is: Requires modification to work on Windows 7, and the fourth is: Unofficially works on Windows 7.

There's likely plenty more software that isn't listed here, so let me know if any Windows 8+ only software gets any mods that lets it work on 7, or any new 8+ or only officially supports 8+ software comes out.

Windows 10+ only:


Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Death Stranding (DirectX 12 only, missing a few APIs, and has an OS block)

Forza Horizon 4 (UWP)

Horizon Zero Dawn (Same as Death Stranding, but has no OS block, or at least a older patch doesn't)

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Minecraft Bedrock (UWP)

Sea of Thieves (Matchmaking backend comes from Microsoft Store)

Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind


Facebook Messenger app


Microsoft Office 2019 (Unofficially works on 8.x)

NVIDIA Broadcast

Oculus Setup/App

Presonus StudioOne v5 (Might unofficially work on 7/8, but untested)

Windows 8+ only:

Game clients:

EA Desktop Beta (Requires a 8.x dll, also,  the installer has a block that blocks anything under 8.1, and application verifier does not work)


Kingston SSD Manager

Requires modification to work on Windows 7:


Crysis Remastered (You should probably play this with DXVK. This happens without DXVK)

Back 4 Blood Alpha (Requires xinput1_3.dll from C:\Windows\System32 to be copied into the same folder as the game .exe and renamed xinput1_4.dll)

Mafia: Definitive Edition (Requires DXVK to run. More info here)

Mafia II: Definitive Edition (Requires xinput1_3.dll from C:\Windows\System32 to be copied into the same folder as the game .exe and renamed xinput1_4.dll)

Need For Speed Heat (Requires modifying the Origin launcher)

Postal 4: No Regerts (Unreal Engine bug. It requires a fix that the developers of the game posted)

Star Wars™: Squadrons (Same fix as Postal 4)

System Shock Remastered (Same fix as Postal 4)


Discord (Intentionally breaks screenshare audio on anything below 10, fixed by using a browser or application verifier)

Python 3.9.0 (https://msfn.org/board/topic/181979-another-program-drop-the-support-python-390/?tab=comments#comment-1189117)

VMware Workstation 16 (Requires a custom installer and replacing vmware-vmx.exe)

Unofficially works on Windows 7:

Game clients:

GOG Galaxy 2.0 (1.2 is superior and supports 7 officially)



Battlefield 4 (Says it requires Windows 8 on Steam, likely a mistake as Battlefield 3, 1, and V all officially support Windows 7. Though Windows 8.x is known to perform better than 7 in game, so that might be why)


Command & Conquer™ Remastered Collection

Crusader Kings III

Death end re;Quest 2

Destroy All Humans! (Minimum OS is listed as 10, but in additional notes, it says it supports Windows 7 and 8.1. These guys forgot what minimum requirements mean)

Detroit: Become Human (Is a Vulkan game, but Windows 10?. People say it actually works better on 7 than on 10)

Disintegration (Was patched to fix issues with Windows 7, but minimum requirements still say Windows 10)

Doom 64

Empire of Sin

Fall Guys

Madden NFL 21

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered

Persona 4 Golden

Phantasy Star Online 2 (According to Steam, it's DirectX 9.0c, but Windows 10+?)

ReCore: Definitive Edition

Rust (Game that used to support Windows XP, DirectX 9, DirectX 11, OpenGL, and Vulkan in early access, but now "requires" Windows 8.1 and only supports DirectX 11 and 12)

State of Decay 2

Trials of Mana

Watch Dogs: Legion



DaVinci Resolve


OBS (Open Broadcaster Software)

PCSX2 (As long as you use DirectSound or PortAudio, it works)


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Doom 64 on Steam works fine under Windows 7 and probably on Windows 8/8.1 as well. The fact that they only list Windows 10 under supported Operating systems section is odd considering they fully support Doom Eternal on Windows 7.

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