Valorant stops working for Vanguard-incompatible Windows 10 versions

Valorant stops working for Vanguard-incompatible Windows 10 versions


Valorant is one of the most famous online shooting games. The free-to-play game was developed by Riot Games, a Los Angeles-based studio better known for developing League of Legends. The game was released for PC only in 2020.

Valorant is said to have been inspired by Counter-Strike. The game has several game modes ranging from classic team matches to free-for-all deathmatch.

The game also featured creative new modes. The weapons in the game are futuristic. The players, known as agents, have special sets of offensive and defensive skills that they can use during a match.


  • Valorant players will no longer be able to play the game on some Microsoft Windows 10 versions, as they are no longer compatible with the game’s anti-cheat software, Vanguard.
  • The change will take place from November 24.

Now, in a surprise move, Riot Games has announced that Valorant will no longer support certain unmaintained versions of Microsoft Windows 10. These versions include:

  • Version 1507 codename Threshold released in July 2015
  • Version 1511 codename Threshold 2 released in November 2015
  • Version 1607 codename redstone released in 2016
  • Version 1703 codenamed Redstone 2 released in April 2017
  • Version 1709 codenamed Redstone 3 released in October 2017
Valorant incompatible Windows 10 versions

In the official announcement, the reason they mentioned was that the said version of Windows no longer supported Vanguard, Valorant’s anti-cheat and security software built by the studio itself. The change will take effect from November 24.

According to the statement, Valorant impostors took advantage of the flaw associated with the incompatibility of those Windows versions with the software. The announcement was as follows,

As of November 24, 2022, VALORANT will no longer support older versions of Windows that are not fully compatible with Vanguard, VALORANT’s anti-cheat and security software. These versions of Windows are no longer supported by Microsoft, allowing cheaters to bypass certain security features that allow us to keep VALORANT safe.”

The initial reaction from Valorant players was surprise and disappointment. But the justification the studio gives has its merits. After all, a fair and safe playing environment is a must for a healthy and competitive playing environment.

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The decision will not affect Valorant players with genuine Windows copies. But those using the cracked version will be wary of updating their OS because certain feature updates will eventually discover that the Windows copy is not genuine, and the players will get ingenuity errors.

Will this move help prevent future cheat exploits from ruining the playing experience in Valorant? Discuss it in the comments below.

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