How to run Blender 2.93 on Windows 7

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:

  1. Download the “api-ms-win-core-path-l1-1-0” library from the author’s GitHub.

api-ms-win-core-path-HACK on GitHub

  1. 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.

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Aleksa
Aleksa
7 days ago

Most people don’t know, but you can extract Blender installation file with Universal Extractor v2.0, maybe even with older version.

Blender 2.93.5 on Win7 work like a charm. But Blender 3.0 (Alpha), have new obsticle for Win7. It can’t run because error message “entry point GetPointerInfo could not be located in the user32.dll”.

It would be nice if this can be solved.

Thank you for bring Blender on Win7….cheers

aliaslam
aliaslam
19 days ago

Not working

Eli R Sidwell
Eli R Sidwell
1 month ago

How do I get the install wizard to run on a Win’7 system ?

NikitaD
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Eli R Sidwell

You don’t need any install wizard, just copy dll-files to mentioned directories.

Eli R Sidwell
Eli R Sidwell
1 month ago
Reply to  Nikita

Thank you, I did that and I get popup stating that Blender is no longer supported on Win’07. Only option is to exit setup.
FYI: I am using the MSI version of the installer. Should I be using something different or a manual install ?
Thanks

NikitaD
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Eli R Sidwell

Try the portable Blender installation (from zip). Another way – try the 2.93.3 version. With the last Blender versions, this trick may not works.

Eli R Sidwell
Eli R Sidwell
1 month ago
Reply to  Nikita

The zip version seems to run. Let me play w/it for a few days and I will post back.
That’s a big help, Thanks

Replica
Replica
2 months ago

Thank you

Amje
Amje
2 months ago
Reply to  Replica

Bro does it work?

Pete
Pete
2 months ago

Thanks!

Hussain Gaidi
Hussain Gaidi
3 months ago

Thanks man!