The popular Windows Notepad Alternative and Source Code Editor, Notepad++ has dropped support for Windows XP with the new version Notepad++ 7.9.3 due to “technical reasons”. To say in other words. Notepad++ 7.9.2 is the last version to run on XP.
For the uninitiated, you should be using Notepad++ over windows Notepad for the following reasons
- 64-bit version and plugins support
- Is an excellent source code Editor
- The tabbed interface allows opening multiple documents inside it.
- Syntax highlighting and Syntax folding
- Supports converting text to Uppercase from lowercase and vice versa
In fact, Notepad++ 7.5.9 lets you replace Windows Notepad with Notepad++, by running a command in Command prompt, you can check those details here.
Furthermore, the app comes with these features which you may not find in another text editor.
- document peek,
- Folder as Workspace,
- Lets you put app settings on Cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc
Notepad++ 7.9.3 drops support for Windows XP
The latest version of Notepad++ can no longer be run on XP.
If you try to download and install it, you’ll get a dialog with the following message:
“This version of Notepad++ doesn’t support Windows XP. The installation will be aborted.”
However, the dialog offers an option for the user to navigate to the Notepad++ website and download v7.9.2 with this message in the dialog”
“Do you want to go to the Notepad++ download page for downloading the last version which supports XP (v7.9.2)?”
Clicking Yes Will take you to this page where you can download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Notepad++ 7.9.2.
You can check this version’s full changelog over the Notepad++ community page.
What’s your take on this change? Are you still using Windows XP? Let us know in the comments below.