Since version 2.93, Blender developers moved its API to Python 3.9. This means that Blender will no longer run on computers with Windows 7 operating system because it has no compatibility with this version of Python. In order to continue using the latest versions of Blender, users will have to update their operating system.
However, thanks to the fan-made work of Alexandru Naiman, Blender 2.93 can still be run on Windows 7.
This patch is free and open-source, placed on the author’s GitHub.
To run Blender 2.93 on Windows 7 we need:
- Download the “api-ms-win-core-path-l1-1-0” library from the author’s GitHub.
- Copy the “api-ms-win-core-path-l1-1-0.dll” file from the “x64” directory to the root directory of Blender installed on your computer.
Or copy the “api-ms-win-core-path-l1-1-0.dll” file from the “x64” directory to the “C:\Windows\System32” directory and the same file from the “x86” directory to the “C:\Windows\SysWOW64” directory.
Now Blender 2.93 can launch and run on a Windows 7 computer.