Windows 7 Javascript error

Where would I find the environment variables?

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Windows 7 64bit.

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Installed for the first time, not updated, and this issue appears. Exact copy of the error codes.
Win7 64
Bit of a let down as I am looking for a good password manager and this is the first try.
I am willing to wait though, after reading reviews and such, as it fits my needs.
Go devs go!

@Gregory_Lange - welcome to the Bitwarden community.

If you read the previous posts in this thread, you will find guidance on how to rollback to a previous release that works with Win7, as well as instructions on how to prevent auto-updates of the desktop app.

You will find that Bitwarden is very security focused, so deprecated and unsupported operating systems that can’t be updated to latest security standards simply won’t be supported by Bitwarden in the future. Something to consider as you choose a password manager that suits your needs.

That’s fine, I am maintaining my own support, It’s not that hard to keep AntiVirus, AntiMalware and Drivers up to date manually, I refuse to give in to M$ Blackmail,

I’m not leaving Windows 7 on this [Gaming - PC,

So please don’t give up on your loyal customers who chose to remain using Windows 7 on their Windows based PC’s,

My other PC’s have either Pop!_OS by System76 or Fedora MATE running them… I LOVE Compiz Fusion so much that I’ll be mostly leaning towards Fedora for my Linux based PC’s in the future, Fedora is easier to learn and use than Ubuntu is.

Thank you for a wonderful secure Password Manager

Thank you @dh024. Yes, I had read the posts. Indeed something I forgot about Win7 and support. Sadly some hardware is unable to ‘suffer’ from Windows 10/11 upgrade and I refuse to discard a fully working computer. We take the risks, of course, and I appreciate the effort to keep this working with Win7.
I shall endure and perform the fixes suggested.
Much obliged.

Just to let anyone to know, without trying all the versions that are on the GitHub: on windows 7 the version 2022.5.1 works after setting the ELECTRON_NO_UPDATER=1 env variable. maybe someone can save time.

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Hi guys, I’m having the exact same problem since updating. This is a real blow as my primary use of BitWarden is on my PC running Windows 7 64-bit. Please sort this out.

It’s not a bug, @JaredNel. Please read the posts above for a workaround solution.

Yeah, thanks, I did when the issue first popped up last week. The updated portable version has the same problem. I’m using an older portable version for now but it’s definitely slower and less convenient than the installed desktop version.

I guess I could get an older version to install and tweak it to not update, but that’s not ideal either as updates are important. The developers really just need to get it working again as normal. A lot of people are still on Windows 7.

Finally, they shouldn’t blow up Windows 7 users without at least some sort of warning email or notification. It’s an alarming experience to suddenly be faced with a complex meaningless error AFTER it has already installed just fine. There should at least be a compatibility warning long before that point I think.

Given that, with the latest update, there was no mention of any compatibility changes, plus the fact that it throws an obscure error rather than a programmed alert, it seems like a bug to me.

Yeah, I dunno. Bitwarden doesn’t support Windows 7, nor do they claim to.

From the Bitwarden download page:
Screen Shot 2022-08-24 at 11.45.41 AM

If you install software on an unsupported operating system and it doesn’t work, that definitely does not quality as a bug, IMO. Whether or not Bitwarden should support Windows 7 is a distinct issue, I believe, but a lot of extra work and development (i.e. extra $$ costs) would need to go into supporting a deprecated OS to keep it secure and working reliably. So, I suspect only a small handful of users would be supportive. As a user, I personally would rather see those resources used elsewhere to improve future releases of the software, but I totally understand where you are coming from. Cheers!

David, to be fair to @JaredNel and the others who have posted in this thread, they most likely did not “install software on an unsupported operating system” (unless they just installed Bitwarden in the past week). Bitwarden revoked its support for Windows 7 only recently — as late as August 16, 2022, the Bitwarden download page still indicated that Windows 7 was supported (see Internet Archive):


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Fair enough - I should have said: if you “run” software on an unsupported operating system…

And I agree with the point that it would have been nice if Bitwarden notified users in advance that they would be unable to support Windows 7 in the future. No argument from me there.

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Thanks for the feedback everyone and deeply sorry for any inconvenience, while we always try to communicate information and changes ahead of time, this issue was unfortunately not brought to light until after release.

Thanks for the link. I was hoping not to have to be spoon fed … but apparently I do. When I go find the roll back version I want, in this case 2022.6.1 I do not see how to get the actual install package.

No problem. Try this link:

So is support dropped or not? Sorry, I can’t find an answer to this question.


I also have the Win7-Desktop-App “Java-Error” (still with latest 9.1 Version)
So I would like to get the “Windows-Install-Exe” of this linked “Released” Version.
I got some experiences with GitHub (SourceCode), so usually there will be a Jenkins Job (or similar) needed to create the wished “Client-Variant” out of this SourceCode versioned data.

But I do NOT know HOW to start a “creating Windows executeable version” process.

Can anybode help me - thx.

PS: I am totally NEW in this forum and entered JUST because I have this “Win7 Java” problem with the 8.x and newer versions.