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I installed QGIS 3.16.9 on my Windows 7 64bit system and all the processing tools are missing (I noticed it when checking the vector menu). I have Python 3.8.10 installed on my system and I believe I have deleted all the data from a previous (and much older) QGIS instalation.

When I try to activate the processing plugin I cannot find it on the "Plugin" menu.

Does anyone know what the problem might be?

PATH variable values:

C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS31~1.9\apps\qgis-ltr\bin;
C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS31~1.9\apps\grass\grass78\lib;
C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS31~1.9\apps\grass\grass78\bin;
C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS31~1.9\apps\qt5\bin;
C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS31~1.9\apps\Python39\Scripts;
C:\PROGRA~1\QGIS31~1.9\bin;
C:\Windows\system32;
C:\Windows;
C:\Windows\system32\WBem
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    There is no need to remove the folder containing plugins for QGIS before updating to the new QGIS version. And there is no need to uninstall QGIS itself. You even can install a few QGIS versions on your PC and use them.
    – KVO
    Aug 3 '21 at 0:19
  • @GabrielDeLuca The desktop shortcut for QGIS. Should I be using another file?
    – Spectron
    Aug 3 '21 at 0:20
  • @GabrielDeLuca I believe this was it: "C:\Program Files\QGIS 3.16.9\bin\qgis-ltr-bin.exe"
    – Spectron
    Aug 3 '21 at 0:23
  • Try with "C:\Program Files\QGIS 3.16.9\bin\qgis-ltr.bat" Aug 3 '21 at 0:25
  • @GabrielDeLuca I changed it after reinstalling QGIS and the problem persists. My vector menu is empty and the "Processing" plugin is nowhere to be found
    – Spectron
    Aug 3 '21 at 0:34
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It is explained on the download page: CAUTION: Windows 7 no longer works as we are now using Python 3.9, which dropped support for it.

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