I know there has been a question regarding Virtualbox and Windows 7 but I have a slightly different question.
I have a Win7 development machine, it has to be Windows 7 as I have equipment that doesn’t work on anything newer, I have KiCad 5.1.9 installed and working fine, I went to check out the nightly build of V6 and it come up with an installer message saying it won’t install on anything other than Windows 8, OK, so I managed to extract the files from the installer manually and then there is an OS check built into all of the KC binaries, after removing this check KC ran, however, I read that the Windows 7 thing was to do with Python and the version being too new for Windows 7, but it only affected the footprint wizards and some other script.
I have Python 3.7 installed on the Windows 7 machine, what is the reason I couldn’t replace the Python executables for 3.7?
With everything patched I get an error when loading PCBNEW (it only happens with this) saying it can’t find _pcbnew.kiface, yet it is in the directory, I copied my entire directory over to a Windows 10 “office” machine and it ran PCBNew fine, so what is stopping PCBNew from running and not the others?
I haven’t looked at the code and last time I tried to build from source it went horribly wrong using a mashup of various different tools, has this been made more optimised for MSVC? I have VS2019 Pro.