Compatibility FAQ

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Compatibility Comparison

Dialog-warning.png Warning: Using the legacy build is not without risk, there are known security issues in the Chrome Embedded Framework (CEF) that MTA:SA 1.5.7 uses for Windows XP and Vista. It is recommended that you upgrade from XP or Vista to a supported Windows version. (Windows XP and Vista are no longer supported by MTA after September 2019.)
Operating System Service Pack/Version Release Date Supported by Microsoft[1] Does MTA:SA 1.6.0 work? Chrome Embedded Framework


Future MTA:SA


Windows XP Service Pack 3 August 2001 No No No 1.5.7 was the last version
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 November 2006 No No No 1.5.7 was the last version
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 July 2009 No Yes Yes Yes
Windows 8.0 n/a August 2012 No n/a n/a n/a
Windows 8.1 n/a August 2013 No Yes Yes Yes
Windows 10[2] 1507 July 2015 No n/a n/a n/a
1511 November 2015 No n/a n/a n/a
1607 August 2016 No n/a n/a n/a
1703 April 2017 No n/a n/a n/a
1709 October 2017 No n/a n/a n/a
1803 April 2018 No n/a n/a n/a
1809 September 2018 No n/a n/a n/a
1903 May 2019 No n/a n/a n/a
1909 November 2019 No n/a n/a n/a
2004 May 2020 No Yes Yes Yes
20H2 October 2020 No Yes Yes Yes
21H1 May 2021 No Yes Yes Yes
21H2 Nov 2021 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 11[3] 21H2 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
  • Please use a supported version of Windows 10 to run MTA.
  • There are no guarantees that MTA will work on older not by Microsoft supported Windows 8 and 10 versions.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Google is dropping XP/Vista support for Chrome browser? What does this even have to do with MTA:SA?

As you may know from our previous news posts, MTA:SA uses CEF (Chrome Embedded Framework) components for providing some functionality for the mod since version 1.5. Being Chromium-based, CEF components are also being phased out for users of older Operating Systems and will simply not work on them.[4]

Does MTA:SA 1.5.7 work fine on Windows XP and Windows Vista?

Yes, it works fine if you install it through the legacy build. We still can not really recommend using these systems anymore due to the reasons listed below.

CEF compatibility issue aside, these Operating Systems (XP especially) are really old nowadays. You are putting yourself at risk if you use them as they are either no longer supported by Microsoft (XP) or the support will be discontinued soon (April 2017 - Vista).

What will happen if I try to use the regular build of 1.5.7 on Windows XP/Vista?

MTA:SA installer will display an error and will not let you install the mod on such systems. You will be asked to download the legacy build from our website.

And what will happen if I try to use the legacy build of 1.5.7 on Windows 7 and above?

Similarly, MTA:SA installer will display an error and will not let you install the mod on such systems. You will be asked to download the regular build from our website.

Why couldn't you just stick to the older version of CEF then so that XP/Vista would be still supported? / What about releasing two versions of the mod? A regular one with newest CEF and a legacy one with the older CEF build that still works on XP/Vista?

Hey, but we actually do provide a legacy build for MTA:SA 1.5.7 for XP/Vista users with an older version of CEF components.

The problem with sticking with either of these options is that we would have to continue providing a version that is vulnerable to any present and future security exploits that exist in Chromium and are already widely used. We do not want to put our users at risk because of that. CEF developers themselves do not want to provide long-term security support for such a build either. [5]

I am playing the mod on Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10 or newer. Am I affected by this?

No, you will not be affected at all. In fact, you will have a better experience with built-in web browser components than before due to security and performance fixes included in the newer CEF versions.

I am using Windows XP/Vista and I would still like to play future versions of MTA:SA. What can I do about it?

If you are using Windows XP or Windows Vista, you should upgrade your OS to a newer one. You will likely be required to do a clean install for that, so back up your stuff first. You should use these tools first to see if your PC is capable of upgrading to newer OS:

   Windows 7: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
   Windows 8/10: Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

Is your PC toaster-tier which does not support Windows 8 or even 7? That means it is probably the right time to buy something more modern.

But fear not, if you are already using Windows 7 or newer, just install the newest build of MTA:SA 1.5.7 and you are set! And if you don't want to upgrade your OS or PC, well, we will keep offering the legacy build that works on XP/Vista for a while...


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