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Supported Windows Versions

We try to cater to two different types of users for our pre-built packages:

  • Developers using MSYS2 directly, who usually want the latest software and tend to use newer hardware and keep their Windows up to date.
  • End users, who use bundled applications containing pre-built packages from the MSYS2 repository. They can use very outdated Windows versions on very outdated hardware.

In some cases we can't please both groups at the same time, so we have to find compromises.

Msys Packages & the Installer

This includes the unixy environment and the GUI installer.

Required Windows version: 64bit Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2

Roadmap: Cygwin 3.5 will drop support for Windows <8.1, which means the new requirement will be "64 bit Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2". We expect the update to Cygwin 3.5 to be around late 2022, early 2023.

Mingw Packages

This includes all packages that don't depend on Cygwin.

Targeted Windows version (*): Windows 7+

Roadmap: We will start targeting Windows 8.1 or 10 sometime during 2022, no later than 2023 (at which point even Edge will no longer support Windows 7)

(*) If possible, depending on the upstream support. In some cases we can delay dropping support by staying on older versions/branches longer, or patching them, but that is not always practical or desirable.

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