11 October 2010

XNA Game Studio 4.0 for Windows XP

Microsoft has been not-so-subtly trying to phase out Windows XP for quite some time now. Who can blame them? XP is 9 years old. However, some of us are still stuck in 32-bit Windows XP because of insane hardware issues (don't ask, I don't even understand) or because we are Luddites. If you fall into either one of the preceding categories and you really want to develop games with XNA Game Studio 4.0, you probably have had a hell of a time trying to find the XNAGS4 installer. You know, the one without all that Windows Phone crap that you do not care about that requires Windows Vista or Windows 7. Or perhaps that's just how I feel.

Here is the (hopefully) permanent link to XNA Game Studio 4.0 that works with Windows XP:

If that link is somehow down, get XNA Game Studio 4.0 from me:



  1. Cheers mate! Exactly what I needed. I'm not going to ask how many hours you spent digging through the MSDN site to find that :)

  2. They almost got me to upgrade my windows install because of this trickery. Thanks!

  3. Haha, don't count on the same ability for XNA GS 5. :-)

  4. http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/confirmation.aspx?id=27599
    for XNA 4.0 Refresh

  5. What's the best IDE for this?

  6. XNA GS 4 only works with Visual Studio 2010. I use the regular VS2010.

  7. Mario, being one of the most loved characters of all times, is also the one most played. Over the internet, it could be the most downloaded too. And because of those reasons, it is now possible to play Mario games using an internet browser.pandatechie's