CorelDRAW Windows XP and Vista support going forward

When it comes to supporting the different flavours of Windows, one of the key decision factor is around what CorelDRAW users have and are expected to have going forward. In addition, as we look at new versions of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, we also want to make sure we provide the best possible experience to users around the world by leveraging the latest functionality provided by the operating system.

Keeping track of the latest Market Share data available, we’ve seen a consistent decline of Windows XP over the last 2 years, with the latest numbers showing the 11 years old operating system to have fallen under 29% of all computers world-wide, with Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 taking over. Looking at the visitors on, the XP visitors represent 20% of the total traffic and is in rapid decline. Steam shows, in its December 2013 report, that XP now represents less than 6.5% of the gaming computers used on the service.

Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP in early April 2014. After that date, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and security fixes for the Operating System they released over 11 years ago. In addition, Windows XP and Windows Vista will not benefit from the latest enhancements to the Windows platform going forward.

Based on the “end of support” policy from Microsoft around Windows XP and the fact that the vast majority of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite users are today already on Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, we will deliver the best possible experience on these two versions of the Microsoft Operating System, in both 32- and 64-bit, going forward. Starting with the next major release of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, the supported operating systems will, therefore, be Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 with the latest updates and service packs installed. For those who want to remain on Windows XP once Microsoft stops providing security updates, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 will continue to work perfectly.

This post was originally published in Gérard’s blog on Find out more posts from Gérard in the CorelDRAW community.

About Gérard Métrailler

I am Corel’s Executive Vice President of Global Products, responsible for developing and maintaining worldwide product strategy across all of Corel's software brands including CorelDRAW, MindManager, ClearSlide and WinZip. Originally from Switzerland, I speak English, French and German. In my free time, you can find me enjoying his private pilot license, flying out of Ottawa's local Rockcliffe airport. All posts I do online (blogs, social networks, ...) are my own and don’t necessarily represent Corel’s positions, products, strategies or opinions.
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12 Responses to CorelDRAW Windows XP and Vista support going forward

  1. wtin says:

    How I love Corel. I wish it would work on Corel Ventura Publisher. There is nothing like it really.

  2. And when be available a Mac version?

  3. Faisal Narvel says:

    A major disappointment in the offing, as many users in my part of the world are at ease and comfortable in the XP environment. I think Corel should reconsider their decision on this and wait for more comments and feedback. (At least one more release should include XP support, that is what I think)

    • I second this! Along with many others, I’d like to see Corel as a global image solution provider should continue release products with full support for Win XP. Many studios/offices I know and have worked with are on systems that run XP and despite Microsoft’s relentless ad campaigns will not migrate to a disaster like windows 8 for some times to come. What online tracking and surveys often fails to take into account is the fact that most of these PCs stays offline for the better part of their life cycle! Also Steam’s data is irrelevant here as gamers belong to a different demographic and unlike the digital imaging industry they are bound by proprietary rendering API (read Direct-X). OpenCL (which I believe Corel is more interested in) should work with XP just fine, if I’m not mistaken.

    • midnightrambler956 says:

      I don’t know about other programs, but at least in CorelDraw, I didn’t see any real difference between version 9 that I bought over 15 years ago and the one I tested from just a couple of years ago. So unless there’s some dramatic change in how they run things it doesn’t seem likely you’ll have a great need to upgrade.

  4. And still no sign of a Mac version…tsk tsk.

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  6. Rakesh kumar says:

    plz make a window xp supported

  7. printnit says:

    We still use XP and here is why. We run a sign shop and the most expensive piece of equipment we use and have owned since 2008 has no support or upgrades past Vista. So it is not as easy and cheap as upgrading computers or software. It would actually be about a $25000 upgrade for me. So why not make Corel X7 compatible with XP? I am pretty sure I am not the only one with this scenario.

    • No longer supporting Windows XP with version X7 has been a difficult decision. While usage has steadily dropped and Microsoft has officially dropped support of that operating system, we also understand that some of you cannot easily upgrade to a new OS. The problem is that if we were to keep compatibility with WinXP, we would not be able to benefit from the latest benefits provided by the operating system and our cost of development would go up, taking away from developing new features. With CorelDRAW X6 for example, if you are on Windows XP and don’t have a recent version of Microsoft Office installed, the text engine had to revert to a very slow method, which isn’t the case for Windows 7 / 8. Decisions like being compatible with unsupported operating systems are always difficult.

    • Faisal says:

      Too late buddy. and furthermore they did not get any resistance from the community when they decided to take the decision. Which is heartbreaking.

  8. Azz says:

    Like heaps of other people that have posted online, I cannot run Corel Draw as all I can find online to download is X7 which doesn’t support Win XP. My personal plotter can’t run anything newer than signlab 5 which can’t run on anything newer than Win XP, so unless I can find Corel Draw X6 to download I’ll have to download another Win XP compatible vector program.
    Very disappointing as even my sign writing company’s computers are all still running Win XP with no upgrade in the planning as everything runs without a hitch! If it’s not broke, don’t fix it my boss keeps saying 😉 Not to mention the huge costs to upgrade all of our equipment just to upgrade the Windows operating system.

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