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Why aren't Windows 98 or ME supported?

These legacy operating systems are not supported for many reasons. First is that it would require us to do extensive testing on each older version of Windows. We don't have the time, the equipment, or the older copies of Windows to test with. Second is that it would radically complicate the code in our installer, which is complicated enough as it is. Third, it would also compromise the quality of Paint.NET on the versions of Windows that we do currently support by requiring us to reduce or limit functionality. We use features of Windows that aren't available unless you have at least Windows 2000 or even XP. One of these features is the ability to consistently use Unicode (as opposed to ANSI) character and strings, a prerequisite for rich text compatibility and international support. Other features are related to security, performance, and reliability.

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