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  1. 8 points
    TL;DR, there's now an easy way to enable MP4 (H.264 + AAC) HTML5 video support in Firefox on Windows XP using the Primetime Content Decryption Module plugin by Adobe (distributed by Mozilla). Meaning, you could get rid of Flash (with some caveats). The irony of course being that you'd have to use another thing by Adobe , but at least it's something not as prone to security problems. IMPORTANT: If you're here because MP4 video has stopped working after you upgraded to Firefox 52.0, see this post. (EDIT March 6, 2017) If you're here because MP4 video has stopped working after you upgraded to Firefox 49.0 or higher, that happens because 49.0 introduces a new pair of preferences. You now need to set media.gmp-eme-adobe.visible and media.gmp-eme-adobe.forceSupported to true; media.gmp-eme-adobe.forcevisible is no longer used. Toggle the Primetime plugin to Never Activate and back or restart Firefox for the pref change to take effect. (EDIT September 7, 2016) NEWS July 26, 2016: Unfortunately, but maybe not all that surprisingly: Primetime CDM will not be getting official support on Windows XP after all. Says a Mozilla developer: Not to worry though, this does not appear to have any near/medium-term (at least <=FF51) effect on forcing the plugin to work with the same workarounds we've been using all this time. However, just in case Adobe compiles some XP-incompatible Windows APIs into future plugin updates, you may want to save a copy of the gmp-eme-adobe folder from your FF profile or download the v.17 distribution package. Technically, this plugin has been added to FF for DRMed HTML5 video, but it can be used to play non-DRM as well. It's not officially supported on XP, but hey, neither is XP itself, right? I've been trying it out with FF 46 (later also confirmed with 45 ESR and 47-51a) on XP Pro SP3 x86 (with POSReady updates, though I doubt that matters any) for about a week now, and the experience has been pretty encouraging. The vast majority of HTML5 videos have worked without a hitch; ~5% have had 1-2 temporary freezes (the video stops, the audio continues with some crackle), which can be easily worked around by moving the video position slider back a bit and then forward again to where the freeze happened. I've seen only one (1) case of a show-stopper error message about "corruption or unsupported features in video" (quote not verbatim) that couldn't be worked around by jiggling the slider (not a crash, just an error message and the video stopped). You may not necessarily be as lucky, though, as the reason the plugin is not included by default by Mozilla is its reported crashing on some high profile sites. (If you're interested in getting this to work on Windows 2000, be sure to read @blackwingcat's post below in addition to this one, and why not his blog posts (1, 2) as well (in Japanese, but with screen shot images).) The way to force the installation and operation of Primetime CDM is to add/set the following preferences in about:config : media.gmp-eme-adobe.enabled (boolean, true) media.gmp-eme-adobe.forceSupported (boolean, true; FF 49.0+) media.gmp-eme-adobe.forcevisible (boolean, true; FF 45-48, no longer used in 49.0+) media.gmp-eme-adobe.visible (boolean, true; FF 49.0+) media.gmp.decoder.enabled (boolean, true) media.eme.enabled (boolean, true; defaults to false if you downloaded a DRM-free version of FF; thanks @heinoganda for pointing this out) 45.x.x ESR users *ONLY*: also change media.gmp-manager.url or the Primetime plugin won't get downloaded for you. The default value is "https://aus5.mozilla.org/update/3/GMP/%VERSION%/%BUILD_ID%/%BUILD_TARGET%/%LOCALE%/%CHANNEL%/%OS_VERSION%/%DISTRIBUTION%/%DISTRIBUTION_VERSION%/update.xml", change only the bolded portion as follows: "https://aus5.mozilla.org/update/3/GMP/46.0/%BUILD_ID%/%BUILD_TARGET%/%LOCALE%/%CHANNEL%/%OS_VERSION%/%DISTRIBUTION%/%DISTRIBUTION_VERSION%/update.xml". The host in your default may be something other than aus5.mozilla.org, you only need to change the %VERSION% part. After this, when you check your Plugins list, you should see a notice about the Primetime plugin getting downloaded shortly. If you don't want to wait, check for updates manually (from the gear button dropdown menu). The plugin files will be placed in the gmp-eme-adobe subfolder under your FF profile. Once it has downloadedd, set the Primetime plugin to Always Activate, Flash to Never Activate (not strictly necessary, but better for testing), and go to Youtube HTML5 video player check page. Both H.264 and MSE & H.264 should have blue checkmarks. You may want to try this test page (kindly suggested by @dencorso) or some Twitter videos to quickly make sure H.264 really is working (with Youtube you can get fooled by WebM getting played instead). In theory, you could uninstall Flash at this point, but realistically it's probably wiser for now to leave it installed and disabled in the browser. Personally, I installed the FlashDisable extension to quickly toggle Flash on some of the sites I frequent that don't support HTML5 video. Some of those insistently serve Flash video to desktop FF without even checking if it can do HTML5 video or not. That can be worked around by faking a different user agent string, but for now I've found it more convenient to just temporarily toggle Flash back on for them. FlashDisable supports the Ask to Activate setting, so you don't have to worry about other sites if you forget to turn Flash off again. Based on what Mozilla devs have been saying on Bugzilla (Unhide Adobe GMP on Windows XP, Hide Adobe GMP on Windows XP in Firefox 46 and 47, Make Adobe GMP available to Windows XP users in Firefox 45 and later) it seems quite possible that this plugin could soon (FF 48+) be made available without having to use any tricks (or pre-release versions), but I suppose it's also possible that the current situation will continue indefinitely (or even that the plugin will eventually be made more difficult to access under XP). Still, why not make use of it while we can, right? Note that HLS streaming is not natively supported with this plugin. It does work on sites coded to use some JS library or player to work with HLS, but not for directly playing .m3u8 video sources. You may want to keep an eye on developments with hls.js in general and firefox-hls in particular if a favorite site of yours falls into the latter category.
  2. 6 points
    Aero Glass for Win8.1+ 1.5.3 * hardcoded symbols patterns up to build 14393.953 * fixed caption misalignment when glow effect is disabled * added option to draw caption centered (HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM: CenterCaption (DWORD 0x0 / 0x1)) - if glow effect is enabled and caption is set to be centered, the glow effect will be drawn over whole frame width - do NOT report it as the bug! * changed IAT hooks initialization order * enable SeDebugPrivilege in aerohost process
  3. 6 points
    Windows 10 is the crappiest crap of all crap. I've seen such extreme bul***** in the OS in the last 2.5 years that I will stay away from it for the next 100 years at least. It's an epic failure of good software engineering. Parts of it are very poorly architected/designed and the UI is worse than Windows 95, and even worse than Windows 8. The reliability, stability, quality, value it delivers, ease of use, features - everything about Windows 10 is outrageously bad and completely worthless, lacking in substance. For those who cannot judge its quality and cannot see its massive flaws, I saw tough luck. You are stupid and you might have a weird obsession to stay on the "latest" OS no matter how bad it is, and nobody can fight that if you've made up your mind to ignore its deal-breaking flaws. The worst is yet to come. Windows 10 will only get worse from here on as it destroys everything that truly made the PC great. Microsoft will remove more features and value than what they are adding, and they will change it into a perpetual expensive subscription. You'll experience MASSIVE troubles CONTINUOUSLY with Windows 10 - it goes against the fundamental principle of software which is that it should stable, trustworthy, reliable and productive in the long term. Now at this point, end of Microsoft support also means nothing to me. So I will continue to run Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell for as long as I can. Windows is secure enough now that security patches ending won't cause your PC to get hacked unless you run unknown apps from untrusted sources. It's just a tactic that Microsoft uses to scare everyone. In fact I am willing to take that 1 in a billion chance that my PC will get hacked because of a security vulnerability. That is lesser of the two evils, the one option being extorted by Microsoft perpetually with ridiculous changes that you can't say no to. Microsoft will bleed you dry without offering any additional value, and while secretly eliminating what you paid for. The driver model hasn't changed between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 so it will be possible to run Windows 8.1 for a very, very, very long time. Even NVMe SSDs have native drivers in Windows 8.1. USB 3.1 - yep. Bluetooth Low Energy. Yep 8.1 supports. Miracast? Yep. There hasn't been any hardware technology evolution or revolution big enough to require the dreadful abomination called Windows 10. No amount of Registry tweaking, configuring and tuning can fix the awfulness of updates in Windows 10. Updates that should have been 10 MB in size are 1 GB and are constant. To hide from the user how awfully bloated they are, Microsoft no longer shows their size so the user remains cluelessly deceived. Updates reset your customized stuff and completely kill your productivity. Updates also impact internet bandwidth when downloading and affect your PC performance while they slowly install. Updates will wear out your SSD with tons of unnecessary writes. Whoever worked on the updating stack should never again be allowed to touch a computer, let alone code. They should be sent back to the college or university they came from to learn efficient coding from scratch again. Until then, all their degrees and qualifications should be taken away. I haven't seen anything worse in 30 years of computing than Windows 10 updates. UI inconsistences have increased 100 times more in Windows 10 vs 8.1. Settings and notification area Metro s*** is all over the place. For example, there are 3 Defender UIs: (see this image: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C28Xt4gXcAEf0c4.jpg:large ) AND a tray icon and weekly Action Center notifications! Action Center is a badly design notification UI straight from hell to constantly bug and annoy you. On the other hand, Windows 8.1 with the addition of Classic Shell is largely like Windows 7. You don't even have to ever see or use the dreadful Metro UI in Windows 8 except for a few areas like the Network flyout/tray pane. Whereas in Windows 10, the extremely crappily designed UI has infected all the parts of the OS. Everywhere, silly dumb undecipherable icons are used instead of text and everything is hidden behind hamburger menus that require more clicks. More classic Win32 desktop apps are replaced by extremely dumbed down Metro crap. There is no more any concept like usability, productivity or efficiency of doing things. Windows 8.1 is the fastest out of Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10 in my benchmarks. Also besides synthetic performance, Windows 10 has real-world UI sluggishness issues due to use of managed code in the UI/graphical shell. Plus, it is unstable and breaks on its own. It also has loads of unnecessary crap which cannot be uninstalled, fully disabled and continues to take loads of memory. It also comes back when you do updates. So Windows 10 has severely regressed in several core areas: 1. Updates (or the way the OS is serviced) which affects user productivity and long-term stability and desired configuration 2. User interface which has pathetic usability. The entire UWP/Metro UI control stack should be canceled and something better based on modified Win32 controls for touch should be built. Making the controls usable still won't fix their awful design and broken underpinnings of UWP and of most apps though 3. Poor performance due to use of managed code in the OS unlike fast, low footprint native code (C++) I think those who say Windows 10 is actually better than 8.1 or 7 don't have any understanding of operating systems and therefore cannot see just how bad it is. They have no idea of the crap they are accepting. What can I say - ignorance is bliss. Windows 10 is unbearable for me so I never use it. I refuse to use such a junk piece of software, so it's 8.1 for me unless there is really something useful added in Windows 10 in the future. But Microsoft has run out of great ideas and innovation. They only add useless gimmicky fluff now that is of no value to me. Most of their "ideas" are copied from competitors, and since there is no long-term continuity or guarantee of any feature staying around, their software suddenly becomes completely worthless for me - because you paid for some commitment and now they're backing off that commitment - it's an epic breach of trust. Spending money on such crap would be the biggest mistake ever. Plus anything that requires the cloud or interacts so much with the cloud gets a big thumbs down from me. I will never use it because their grand plan is to hold everyone hostage as they pull off any kind of random meaningless changes FORCIBLY to make themselves rich while offering nothing new really that is of significant value or use to you. Again, it's a violation of trust and reduction in value in the "improved" version. I will wait till the new Microsoft CEO gets fired - you know, the id*** who cannot even understand that operating systems should be an offline but occasionally connected-product, not a cloud-first service.
  4. 5 points
    Since there's a list like this for Windows 98 and 2000 already, I felt it would be appropriate to create one for Windows Vista as well as it approaches the EOL date and many popular programs continue to drop support for it. This list will be updated as often as possible as more applications drop support. If you use a piece of software that either continues to support Vista or stopped supporting Vista at a specific version and it isn't listed here, feel free to comment your application(s) and it will be added to the appropriate section in the list as soon as possible. If an application has dropped support for Vista and it is still in the ongoing support section, please notify me of this (along with the last working version, if possible) as soon as possible, and it will be placed into the appropriate section on the list. I will try my best to make these situations rare, but they may still pop up from time to time if I either miss something or am unable to update the list for a period of time. Despite continuing to receive security updates for 3 additional years compared to Vista, general software compatibility for Windows Server 2008 (ORIGINAL RELEASE ONLY, NOT R2) is nearly identical to Vista, since the OS itself is essentially the same as Vista, so most of the information listed here (in regards to software compatibility) is also applicable to Windows Server 2008. In the rare event that Server 2008 is supported and not Vista, or vice versa, this will be specified next to the software entry itself. The information listed here is subject to change at any time, so while something might be supporting Vista when you view the list, it could very well stop supporting it the day after, so bookmarking the list and checking back every so often is encouraged if you make use of this list, whether you're a Windows Vista/Server 2008 system admin or enthusiast. Windows Vista SP2 end of life date: April 11, 2017 | Windows Server 2008 SP2 end of life date: January 14, 2020 Download Service Pack 1 update: Vista 32 bit Vista 64 bit Download Service Pack 2 update: Vista/2008 32 bit Vista/2008 64 bit Download Platform Update: Vista 32 bit Vista 64 bit Server 2008 32 bit Server 2008 64 bit *If your system has no service packs installed, SP1 must be installed before installing SP2, as SP2 is not cumulative, meaning that it only includes updates released since SP1, not before SP1. If you're running Windows Server 2008, SP1 is not needed as Server 2008 was released in conjunction with SP1, so Microsoft already included the update in all Server 2008 installation media sold since release. Key: | $$$= Paid software | FREE= Non-paid software | CS= Closed Source | OS= Open Source | UNS=Unsupported, but still works | Web Browsers: Windows Internet Explorer 9 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. IE9 on Windows Vista will continue to receive security updates via Windows Update until April 11, 2017. IE9 for Server 2008 will continue to receive security updates until January 14, 2020. To download, click here. If the former link doesn't work, click here to download instead (this is an archive of both the x86 and x64 installers of IE9 for Windows Vista, archived by myself in March 2017, just in case Microsoft decides to remove the IE9 installer for Vista from their site like they've been known to do with things like this in the past, such as IE8 for Windows XP. en-US only, sorry). Opera 36 (FREE, OS) Will continue to receive security updates, although no new features will be added. To download the latest version, click on this link and then click on the most recent entry in the list. Google Chrome 49.0.2623.112 m (FREE, OS) To download, click here (link provided by Slimjet.com) Vivaldi 1.0 stable (FREE, OS) To download, click here (link provided by Vivaldi.com) Slimjet 10.x (FREE, OS, Chromium 50.x based) Will continue to receive security updates. Best option for Chrome/Chromium users. This branch is reserved for XP and Vista, since Slimjet 11 has issues with XP and it was unreasonable to maintain a separate branch just for Vista. To download, click here. Slimjet 11.0.8 (FREE, OS, Chromium 51.x based) No more security updates. Using Slimjet 10 instead is advised. Functionality wise, the browser has no reported issues with Vista. Download here. Slimjet (FREE, OS, UNS, Chromium 53.x based) No more security updates. Has some minor font spacing issues. Using Slimjet 10 instead is advised. Download here. Slimjet 13 and later don't work. Firefox 52.x ESR (FREE, OS) This release is set to receive security updates until late September 2017, but according to a developer, this date may be extended if the number of users still on XP and Vista justify it. 64 bit builds of Firefox never have and still don't support XP or Vista. Download here (choose your language/country from the listing, and you should then be directed to a page to download the appropriate installer). Antivirus: Avira 2013, all editions ($$$, CS) No longer supports Windows Vista as of April 10, 2013. Windows Server operating systems aren't supported. Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 ($$$, CS) Emsisoft version 10 ($$$, CS) No longer receives database updates as of April 2016. FortiClient 5.2.4 ($$$, CS) G Data Home Security Suite (Antivirus/Internet Security/Total Security, $$$, CS) Last official versions of these pieces of software to support Vista is uncertain, but are estimated to have stopped supporting Vista sometime in 2016. G-Data Business solution products still support Vista SP1+. McAfee 2015 product suite ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Microsoft Security Essentials (FREE, CS) Will continue to receive definition updates for a limited time. An official end date for this has not yet been specified by Microsoft. Spybot version 2.4 Free Edition (FREE, CS) Download here. PDF viewers: Adobe Acrobat Reader X (FREE, CS) Adobe Reader XI (FREE, CS, UNS on Vista, Server 2008 is supported. Auto-updating doesn't work under Vista.) Adobe Reader DC version 2015.007.20033 (FREE, CS, UNS) This version of Reader can be installed by downloading this installer and using MSFN user Smeezekitty's wrappers, however there are some bugs but it is mostly functional. View this thread for more details. Currently, later versions will not work due to missing calls that Smeezekitty has yet to create wrappers for, if he ever does. You'll also need to follow this guide to disable automatic updates to prevent it from automatically updating to the latest version of Reader DC and breaking compatibility with Vista. Office Suites (all $$$, CS): Microsoft Office 2007 SP3 (will continue to be updated until October 10, 2017.) Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 (will continue to be updated until October 13, 2020.) Virtualization Software: VMware Workstation 10.0.7 ($$$, CS) VMware Player 6.0.7 (FREE, CS) Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (FREE, CS) Officially supported on Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate, and all editions of Server 2003 and 2008. Starter and Home versions of XP and Vista are not supported, but the software can still be installed on these operating systems. Apple software (all FREE, CS): iTunes (This version of iTunes will support iOS devices released up to the iOS 9 era, excluding the iPad Pro 9.7 inch and iPhone SE.) On 64 bit versions of Windows Vista, 12.x versions of iTunes will not run. You'll get a "Stopped working" error when trying to launch the program. Using the iTunes for older video cards installer fixes this issue. However, starting with version 11.2, you'll get Data Execution Prevention errors when closing iTunes. There seems to be no way around this currently. The last version to exclude this issue is iTunes 11.1.15. If you own a newer iDevice supported by iTunes 12.1.3 that still runs iOS 9, but your PC still runs XP/Vista and you require connectivity between your iDevice and PC using iTunes, refrain from updating your iDevice to iOS 10 unless you upgrade your PC to Windows 7 or later, as it doesn't appear that Apple is going to update iTunes for XP and Vista again to support iOS 10. The ability to backup and sync older devices running iOS 10.0-10.1.1 does work under iTunes, but upgrading/restoring does not work, nor does syncing devices running iOS 10.2 or later. iTunes 12.1.3 64-bit (for older video cards) can be downloaded here iCloud Control Panel 2.1.3 Music & video streaming software: Spotify (FREE, CS, paid subscription services are available) Adobe editing software (All CS6 apps are $$$, CS, UNS. For official support, use the CS5.5 suite instead.): Adobe Photoshop CS6 Adobe After Effects CS6 Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Adobe Audition CS6 Dreamweaver CS6 Extendscript Toolkit CC Fireworks CS6 Flash Professional CS6 Illustrator CS6 InCopy CS6 InDesign CS6 Lightroom 4 ($$$, CS) Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Video/photo editing software: Sony Vegas Pro 12 ($$$, CS) Paint.NET 3.5.11 (FREE, CS) Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 ($$$, CS) 2D/3D Modeling Software (All $$$, CS): AutoCAD 2012 AutoCAD 2013 (UNS) Must run in Windows XP compatibility mode for the software to work. AutoCAD 2014 (UNS) Must run in Windows XP compatibility mode for the software to work. Sketchup 2014 Sketchup 2015 (UNS) Modifying of MSI installer is required. See this post for more details. Sketchup 2016 (UNS) Modifying of MSI installer is required. See this post for more details. Sketchup 2017 and later do not work. Autodesk 3dsmax 2012 Autodesk 3dsmax design 2012 Autodesk Maya 2012 Autodesk Mudbox 2012 Game distribution: Origin 2015 (FREE, CS) *Reduced functionality as of August 2016. For a list of what you can still do, click here. AMD Graphics: AMD Catalyst version 13.12 (later versions up to 15.6 Beta for Windows 7 can be modified to work on Vista. See this thread for more details. AMD GPUs released after June 2015 will not work with Vista, since 15.6 Beta does not include support for newer cards.) Intel chipset and graphics: The Intel Sandy Bridge platform is the last to fully support Vista. Ivy Bridge includes chipset and VGA drivers for Windows Vista, however USB 3.0 drivers are unavailable. You can download the VGA drivers here, and chipset drivers are available here (Vista isn't listed as an applicable OS on the page, but the utility does support Windows Vista). Limited Haswell support is available, as Intel updated their chipset drivers to support XP and Vista, however it is not recommended to attempt to use Vista or Server 2008 on Haswell due to a known bug that causes Windows and some of its services to not start up correctly. This bug renders Windows Vista on Haswell quite unstable, and using it in a productive or business environment is strongly discouraged. In addition to this, Intel HD graphics 4200 and later drivers, as well as USB 3.0 drivers are not available for Haswell machines running Vista, so upgrading to Windows 7 on Haswell systems is encouraged to receive proper support. More information about the aforementioned bug can be found here: http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/304098-logon-process-initialization-failure-vista-ultimate-x64.html NVIDIA Graphics: NVIDIA driver version 365.19 (Vista 3D vision support was dropped around driver version 310.00). GOOD NEWS: a driver has been discovered that has been proven to work on Vista, while also adding support for the GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 for Vista users. Download here: http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/GRAPHICS-BOARD/NVIDIA/NVIDIA-GeForce-Graphics-Driver-37270-64-bit.shtml Window management software: AquaSnap 1.17.1 (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) To download, click one of the following: MSI File Portable Installation Aerosnap 0.61 Beta (FREE, CS) Somewhat buggy. To download, click here. Taskbar Shuffle v2.5 (FREE, CS) No longer updated. To download, click here. Ultramon 3.3.0 ($$$, CS) To download trial version, click here. Built in system components (Bundled with SP2+Platform Update, all FREE, CS): Windows Installer 4.5 Windows Search 4.0 DirectX 11.0 Windows Media Player 11.0.6002.18005 Additional Microsoft software (all FREE, CS): Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.0 Windows Powershell 2.0 (Windows Vista/2008 SP1 or SP2. Download: Vista 32 bit Vista 64 bit Server 2008 32 bit Server 2008 64 bit) Windows Powershell 3.0 (Windows Server 2008 SP2 ONLY. Windows Vista is not supported. To download, click here.) Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Microsoft Windows Live Essentials 2011 (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Some components no longer work, such as Messenger and Mail. Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 (FREE, CS) Windows USB/DVD Download Tool (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.52 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Microsoft has announced that EMET will reach end of life on July 31, 2018. Software Development: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 ($$$, CS) Instant messaging: Yahoo! Messenger (FREE, CS) However, this release will no longer connect to the Yahoo servers. You can use the web version to communicate via Yahoo Messenger, though. Third party system utilities: WSUS Offline Update 10.9.2 (FREE, OS) Classic Shell 3.6.8 (FREE, CS) Samsung Magician v4.9.7 (FREE, CS) Works with (supported) Samsung SSDs only. Windows Vista and Server 2008 do NOT support TRIM without third party software. Support ongoing (ONG section) (Valid as of February 2017): Antivirus: Avast Free Antivirus (FREE, CS-- email registration required after 30 days) Avast Pro Antivirus ($$$, CS, trial available) AVG Antivirus Free (FREE, CS) AVG Internet Security ($$$, CS, 30 day trial available) Comodo Free Antivirus (FREE, CS) Clamwin (FREE, CS) G-Data Business Solutions ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1, SP2 recommended. The Mobile Administrator component requires Windows 7 or later. Kaspersky Antivirus ($$$, CS) Kaspersky Internet Security ($$$, CS) Kaspersky Total Security ($$$, CS) Malwarebytes Free (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Malwarebytes Premium ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. *The anti-ransomware protection component is only available on Windows 7/2008 R2 or higher. In case you didn't know, Malwarebytes is now considered an anti-virus as of version 3.0, as it includes a real time protection component, as well as anti-ransomware, anti-exploit (this is no longer a standalone product and is part of Malwarebytes), anti-rootkit, and malicious website protection. Norton Security ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Panda Antivirus ($$$, CS) Sophos Endpoint Antivirus ($$$, CS) Sophos Server protection ($$$, CS) Spyware Blaster (FREE, CS) Webroot, all editions ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Zonealarm Free firewall (FREE, CS) Web browsers: Pale Moon (FREE, OS, Firefox-based) Support status is unrelated to Mozilla's decisions, since the browser is not heavily reliant on Firefox anymore. Support could end anytime after Vista's end of life though, based on decisions made when XP went out of support. Also, installing SP2 and Platform Update, according to the developers, is strongly recommended for the best experience. Waterfox (FREE, OS, Firefox based) 64 bit only. The future of Vista support is not yet known. K-Meleon (FREE, OS, uses Gecko layout engine) SeaMonkey (FREE, OS, uses source code similar to Mozilla Firefox) Web browser plugins: Adobe Flash Player (FREE, CS) For Internet Explorer, IE8 is required. IE9 is recommended, since IE8 no longer receives security updates on Vista or Server 2008. Java (FREE, CS) For Internet Explorer, IE9 is required. Support is likely to end alongside Vista's EOL, based on decisions made when Java stopped supporting Windows XP. Multimedia: Media Player Classic (FREE, OS) Media Player Classic Black Edition (FREE, OS) Open Broadcaster Software (FREE, OS) Requires SP2. VLC Media Player (FREE, OS) Foobar2000 (FREE, CS) Video/photo editing software: GIMP (FREE, OS) IrfanView (FREE for non commercial use, CS) VSDC Free Video Converter (FREE, CS) VSDC Free Video Editor (FREE, CS) Office suites: LibreOffice (FREE, OS) Apache OpenOffice (FREE, OS) PDF viewers: Foxit PDF Reader (FREE, CS, UNS) Vista isn't listed in the system requirements, but the latest version still works under Vista as of January 2017. This could change at any time, though. Foxit PhantomPDF ($$$, CS, UNS, free trial available) Vista isn't listed in the system requirements, but the latest version still works under Vista as of January 2017. This could change at any time, though. Sumatra PDF (FREE, OS) Game distribution: Steam (FREE, CS) 2D/3D Modeling software: Blender (FREE, OS) FTP clients: FileZilla (FREE, OS) WinSCP (FREE, OS) CyberDuck (FREE, OS) Total Commander (FREE, CS) CuteFTP (FREE, CS) FTP Voyager (FREE, CS) Instant messaging/internet communication: Trillian (FREE, CS) Skype (FREE, CS) Telegram Desktop (FREE, OS) If you want to use Discord, you must use the web version. Desktop application doesn't work. Blogging: Open Live Writer (FREE, OS) File management: 7zip (FREE, OS) Universal Extractor (FREE, OS) WinRAR ($$$, CS- Trial available) Virtual machines: Oracle VM VirtualBox (FREE, OS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Hardware identification and temperature management: CPU-Z (FREE, CS) HWMonitor (FREE, CS) Piriform Speccy (FREE, CS) Benchmarking and system stress-testing software: Prime95 (FREE, CS) AIDA64, all editions ($$$, CS) System management, cleanup, and analysis: Piriform CCleaner (FREE, CS) Comodo Cleaning Essentials (FREE, CS) Belarc Advisor (FREE, CS) Microsoft software: Microsoft Visual c++ Redistributable for Visual Studio (FREE, CS) Microsoft Silverlight (FREE, CS) System File Editors/viewers: HxD Hex Editor (FREE, CS) Resource Hacker (FREE, CS) Notepad++ (FREE, OS)
  5. 5 points
    authroots.sst and roots.sst (EDIT: updroots.sst too) were updated by Microsoft on 2017/02/28 and released today in March's scheduled release. Those using heinoganda's Cert_Updater.exe should run it ASAP. Others needing a redistributable RootsUpd.exe should follow his instructions for creating their own, or PM me for an updated EXE file.
  6. 5 points
    Presentation Hello everybody, i'm skulltrial or samuka, from Betaarchive and i'm here to present my project called Shorthorn, the biggest mod for XP/2003 and it keep aliving. The most known module or subproject is One-Core-API, the base to get compatibility of newer applications designed for Vista+ systems. Site Shorthorn project now has official site: shorthornproject.com You can found links to download, material to read and others. Screenshots Shorthorn has a long history. Many things was made. You can see a litle artifacts here:
  7. 4 points
    Blurred fonts problem in FF 52.x ESR can be easely solved: type about:config in address bar, press Enter, press "I'll be careful, I promise!" button, search for gfx.content.azure.backends variable and change it from direct2d1.1,skia,cairo to direct2d1.1,cairo (remove skia). Then restart Firefox.
  8. 4 points
    Once I tried running a virus on Windows 2000 SP4 (I think I also had BWC's kernel32 extension) and every single virus failed xD Not ONE out of 60+ viruses it attempted to install worked! Missing dependencies and windows version check was too much for it Most virus writers want to do as little work as possible, they're not gonna bother with legacy systems
  9. 4 points
    Any system can be "secure" if the user is reasonably proactive with their activities online as it relates to security. Example: if I was using risky behavior online I'm sure I could infect a Windows 7 or Windows 10 system in under 10 minutes. I have been taking apart computer systems since I was a teenager, and feel legacy Windows such as Windows 2000 and XP can be used securely if you don't visit rogue websites, etc. Don't use Internet Explorer! Use a firewall! While these systems no longer receive updates, I don't believe they are really at that much greater risk than newer Windows systems. First, 2000/XP systems are a small target and not worth wasting time attacking. Second, Windows 7 and 10 are constantly receiving updates, which means they just as insecure as XP, it's just that someone has already found the vulnerability and Microsoft has chosen to fix the vulnerability. I personally don't believe that any new versions of Windows are more secure than the last; it's just that Microsoft has decided to patch the newer ones. When Windows 2000 was launched, it was the "most secure version of Windows". It ended being the victim of many attacks during its 10-year lifetime, particularly the Blaster, Sasser and Sobig worms from 2003-2004. XP was released, it was the same mantra, being more secure than Windows 2000, but it too fell victim to the same worms that plagued 2000. Anti-Spyware 2011 and the Alureon Trojan affected Vista and 7. No system is impenetrable. Once Windows 10 has been around for sometime, we will begin seeing the vulnerabilities of that system. These days, automated computer programs can crack any system once enough algorithms and commands are processed. Certainly, if you can make it, you can break it!
  10. 4 points
    Well that didn't take too long to fix! I now have version 9.4.49 running quite happily on XP, and the only thing you have to do to make it communicate with the Dropbox servers is run the executable in compatibility mode for Windows 2000! So, it looks as if it looks specifically for XP and blocks it, but an even older OS is perfectly acceptable! Go figure! I found that with a bit of research of course, I didn't find the answer all by myself! It won't let you in with an old version of the client, so what I had to do was uninstall my version, and then find a copy of 3.18.1, which may well be the last that will install on XP from my researches. It installed fine, but still wouldn't let me in because it still said it was an old version, but then, lo and behold, it updated itself to 9.4.49 (the current version) and just carried on working. So, normal Dropbox service resumed, at least for the moment! As always, there's no way of knowing how long this will last for, but I'm very pleased that it's OK again for the moment!
  11. 3 points
    The first thing that comes to mind is: "That's not a bug, that's a feature!" It's getting hard to make the case that updates are positive things... -Noel
  12. 3 points
    I'm thinking 8.1 might be a safe haven because the powers that be aren't thinking we 8.1 users are a big group that needs to be pushed off our current systems as hard as Win 7 users. -Noel
  13. 3 points
    Maybe the issue is in the actual way the thingy is presented, very few people will have the guts to test this kind of things on their machines until there isn't some definite documentation, howto's etc. (and there is not every two days or so a post saying that current version is unstable and that next will be better). Not that I am going to test it any soon, but IF I was going to test it, I would expect: 1) a project homepage 2) some - even minimal - documentation 3) a list of compatible/not compatible programs 4) a very extensive documentation on the source (and legality or lack of it) of every file included 5) a basic howto on how to implement testing Right now I can see only a thread here where everything (and the contrary of it) is stated every few days by members reporting or completely failing to properly report apparently random tests. All of this is of course good and fine in the early stages of development , but if you want to gain some "traction" in the community you will IMHO need to make things easier for the less experienced users (and for the ol' dinosaurs). jaclaz
  14. 3 points
    8 added Metro and removed the Start menu, hence the shock. But all that could be undone by tweaking, because the underlying engines remained there. 10, instead, crippled more seriously the latent funcionalities of the underlying engines and added telemetry and advertisements, but arriving after 8+, it caused less shock. Were the release order the reverse, 8 might have been hailed as a steer back to the right direction. Ever heard of "the goat and the Rabbi"? MS used one of the oldest tricks in the book to try an' slide 10 down people's throats...
  15. 3 points
    Hi, I created a simple export driver, see attachment.. No idea if it is working, but you can try to play around with it. Regards. kernelext.zip
  16. 3 points
    Clearly he's imagining moving up to a 64 bit system. I'm surprised anyone would build a system that potent and put only one SSD in it. He clearly needs a RAID array of them. -Noel
  17. 3 points
    Must be a regression. I can reproduce the bug with text being too far to the left by turning off caption glow effect. Use atlas image options work correctly.
  18. 3 points
    I have started two vms , started few office apps even visual studio. Started 3dmax and Maya render. Still ram usage is low under XP. I have started rendering some tremendous files. My pc gets out of ram and my i7 2700k crosses 100% when i render them under 8.1 or 7. Window media player is playing a 1080P full hd game play. Still after such harsh use my pc stayed blazing fast I am using a Russian skin pack to make it look like 7. I don't wanna start any war here. For me XP is fast stable reliable
  19. 3 points
    Well, in case that figure is correct, considering XP has about 10% of the market, that means the full PC universe comprises some 2 billion (= 2x109) machines.
  20. 3 points
    Today it's the Windows XP 15th Anniversary and it has been revealed that "181 million people are still using Windows XP". Well, congratulations to you all; we are far from being alone running XP in this community only xD
  21. 2 points
    Sorry, I should've made this part more clear... 1. Download the Adobe Reader DC distribution installer from here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/enterprise/ 2. Once downloaded, the file will come in .exe format. Extract the .exe file with 7zip or whatever extractor you use. After doing so, you should be able to access the .MSI files. 3. Modify AcroRead.msi with Orca, following what @jumper said to do, and it should work. The last version I could get working on Windows Vista with @smeezekitty's wrappers was Reader DC version 2015.007.20033... Since you're more experienced at this kind of stuff than I, you may have better luck.
  22. 2 points
    A few other things that I did not see listed. Blogging: Open Live Writer (FREE; OS) The open source replacement for Windows Live Writer; uses the Scenic Ribbon. Instant messaging: Telegram Desktop (FREE; OS) Microsoft software: Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 (FREE; CS) A graphic calculator with advanced equation functionality; uses the Scenic Ribbon for its interface. Requires Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2). Microsoft Windows Live Essentials 2011 (FREE; CS) The official download link referenced in this article by Microsoft is no longer operational; however, the offline installer for all languages was archived, allowing users to install the software even without a connection to the Internet. Includes Bing Bar, Family Safety, Mail, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight, Movie Maker, Outlook Connector Pack, Photo Gallery, Windows Live Mesh, Windows Live Messenger, and Windows Live Writer. Support for Windows Live Mesh and Windows Live Messenger was discontinued on February 13, 2013 and April 8, 2013, respectively. As of 2016 Mail can no longer connect to Outlook.com. I am not aware of any incompatibility with online services (e.g., if one cannot login to Movie Maker with a Microsoft account) but the local application features (e.g., video editing) are still functional. Note that Mail, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, and Writer use the Scenic Ribbon for their user interfaces. Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 (FREE; CS) A synchronization program that allows users to sync with devices running Windows Mobile 2003 or later. Windows USB/DVD Download Tool (FREE; OS) A utility that allows one to create bootable optical media or USB flash drives with ISO files. Security: SpywareBlaster (FREE; CS) An application that blocks tracking cookies and other malicious third-party items. Supports Windows 2000 as well. System Analysis: Belarc Advisor (FREE; CS) Video/photo editing software: VSDC Free Video Converter (FREE; CS) Unique among video converters in that, like FTP Voyager, it also uses the Office 2007 Ribbon for its user interface. VSDC Free Video Editor (FREE; CS) Also uses the Office 2007 Ribbon. A paid version is also available. Viewers and Editors: Notepad++ (FREE; OS) Resource Hacker (FREE; CS) Window management software: AquaSnap 1.17.1 (FREE, $$$$; CS) Provides window management features similar to those present in Windows 7 (e.g., Aero Shake) to previous versions of Windows. Version 1.17.1 is the last version officially compatible with Windows Vista and Windows XP. It is no longer supported by Nurgo Software but it can still be downloaded either as MSI file or as a portable installation.
  23. 2 points
    Well, I can offer you some further clarifications: links to official MS servers are OK, links to the Internet Archive image of official MS servers and to Digital River (which actually is MS, too) are also OK, when existing, but anything else is "unauthorized redistribution", and hence, against our Rule #1. Please notice that the reason that rule exists is not so much to protect MS's interests, or to hamper our members' freedom, but to actually protect MSFN from trouble. Thank you for your understanding!
  24. 2 points
    For a long time I've been sceptical about Windows 10 being crap. Until this day. Now I understand. I've had Windows 10 for a couple days and...yeah. It looks crap, performs like crap and sounds like crap. Okay the 'looks like crap' is relative, I know. Some people may love this semi-opaque pale boring effed up flat s*** look but not me. I totally hate the way it looks and sounds. Yes, the system sounds get on my nerves. Uninstalling.
  25. 2 points
    Good decision. Windows 10 is universal s***. There's nothing good about it. Third party apps can fix 8.1 at least.
  26. 2 points
    Well then it's time for me to back to Windows 8.1. It's almost as good as Win10 if not...better. Thanks anyway. I hate Windows 10 not just coz of the looks but it feels weird..slower too even though I did a fresh clean install. I updated it too and didn't help. (And no it's not slow because of my hardware. I got a PCI-E SSD with i7 4ghz cpu with 32gb ddr4 high speed ram with a beast power supply + latest drivers). It's slow because the OS is s***. Windows 10 is confirmed s***.
  27. 2 points
    It won't be shown in the Windows Update list if you installed it manually from the standalone installation file. It should be listed in Add/Remove Programs though. Glad to hear we've actually got some updates this month, I guess we'll never know exactly why all of last months were pulled!
  28. 2 points
    FF 45 ESR and FF 52 ESR are 2 parallel branches ; As seem there : https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/faq/ FF 45 ESR will auto update to FF 52 ESR with version 45.9.0 ESR that is at EOL for FF 45 branch Then FF 45.9.0 will be automatic update to 52.1.0 with the next merge on 2017-04-18 : https://wiki.mozilla.org/RapidRelease/Calendar
  29. 2 points
    As a rule, many programs that use certificate-based encryption rely on Windows's own certificate management, such as Internet Explorer and Chromium-based browsers (known errors, the Web pages with ECC certificates can not be displayed because the Windows certificate management can not process them). There are also programs that have their own certificate management, which I know, like Firefox based browsers, Oracle Java and Python. Windows itself is also dependent on current root certificates (have an expiration date) in the drivers, MS updates, NTFS based encryption of drives or directories, ect. ..... Particularly noteworthy are the current rekoved certificates, which prevent the abused root certificate still active and thus constitute a security risk.
  30. 2 points
    There is a problem with this... Once the Windows 7 giant falls, we will fall with it. AMD already discontinued 32 bit Windows 8.1 support, stating the user count was too low to invest in such an effort. I fear for the future.
  31. 2 points
    2017 Crap Update: Version 1703 has shown up in 15055. Yes the MacBook updated with no problems to the Windows 10 Pro, 15055. The Dell laptop is still churning through the update process a second time after the first try ended with an error message.
  32. 2 points
    I have been using linux since last year, and it not bad. Slackware Linux in case someone asks. Its nice for the most part. Win 7 is the end of the line for me. I still use Win98/WinXP but not as much.
  33. 2 points
    LOL :) I think the blue screen with hex codes having been replaced with a : ( frowney and especially messages like the above really say everything anyone could need to know about the direction of Windows 10. -Noel
  34. 2 points
    The updates can be accessed on the Internet Archive aka Wayback Machine: Windows XP SP3 Internet Explorer 6: http://web.archive.org/web/20131216025553/http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41458 direct download: http://web.archive.org/web/20131216025553/http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/3/8/E3845C5F-D997-47CB-8E11-725A08337001/WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe Windows XP SP3 Internet Explorer 7: http://web.archive.org/web/20131216015300/http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41442 direct download: http://web.archive.org/web/20131216015300/http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/3/8/3386C7E7-D432-4E65-9DE3-C6C0CB60142E/IE7-WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe Windows XP SP3 Internet Explorer 8: http://web.archive.org/web/20131216022531/http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41404 direct download: http://web.archive.org/web/20131214004944/http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/9/A/19A6AC47-9EA0-455F-B918-A44D25B5304C/IE8-WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe
  35. 2 points
    People were much more willing to s*** on Windows 8 when it was new vs 10 now IMO
  36. 2 points
    I just don't get that. Once you excise all of the metro stuff from Windows 8x, it really looks more like a windowing system than 10 does. The caption buttons (min/max/close) in Windows 10 and UI are more flat than 8x by a long shot. And the dialog boxes in 8x are more like Windows 7. I just don't get the dislike for Windows 8.
  37. 2 points
    It is strange indeed! I don't know of an IPv6-only Web site, but you'd think those tests would be accurate. All I have for you is this screenshot (check out the status bar). I have witnessed this on Wikipedia and increasingly on Google.
  38. 2 points
    MY msi Skylake board was blown now planning to move kabylake i7 7700k 4.5Ghz let see how Xp react with Kabylake . how it can react you guys think ? One more great piece of news: i got intel usb 3.0 driver work . also implimented added a new function int __stdcall IdnToAscii(int a1, int a2, int a3, int a4, int a5) { int v5; // eax@2 DWORD v7; // ST10_4@7 if ( a1 & 0xFFFFFFFC ) { SetLastError(0x3ECu); } else { v5 = RtlIdnToAscii(a1, a2, a3, a4, &a5); if ( v5 >= 0 ) return a5; v7 = RtlNtStatusToDosError(v5); SetLastError(v7); } return 0; }
  39. 2 points
    @NoelC and @Mcinwwl yes and no: AMD Bulldozer's architecture uses Clustered Multithreading and has these things called "clusters" which it uses to process stuff. These clusters have two integer (aka ALU) units, one floating point unit (aka FPU), and share an execution engine (aka EX, the "do stuff" part). This basically makes the "cluster" (aka "core") equivalent to a dual-core processor in integer math, and a single-core processor in floating-point math. Now, having double the APUs is great for heavily multithreaded applications and there is a measurable advantage in certain types of applications. Anyway, the Bulldozer "clusters" share FPUs and L2 caches, and this causes single-threads to process slower since they have to "wait" for shared resources (aka serial, or in-order, processing). Hence, Bulldozer "clusters" have slower single-threaded performance as they get stuck in the queue. The Nehalem (Intel) architecture and its children use Symmetric Multithreading, which uses two identical logical processors per "core" - similar to an AMD "cluster," but with 100% of the same resources available to both processors. Each "core" has the equivalent of dual-core APU and dual-core FPU resources, and also shares an execution engine. But, since the processors in the "core" do not share resources in the same way as Bulldozer, it doesn't get stuck waiting for stuff to do. Let's suppose you have an 8 core/cluster AMD and a 4 core/8thread Intel. Your operating system really only sees 8 logical processors when it has to assign threads, so it assigns 1 per cluster, even though the cluster can really do two threads (if they're integer math). When things get stuck, this pretty much makes each "cluster" half the FPU performance of an equivalent Intel "core" and reduces the ALU performance advantage. Intel is faster per "core" in single-thread performance than AMD "clusters" due to their architectural differences. Additionally, Intel's improvements to their execution engines and resource scheduling have caused their 4 "core" (8 thread) processors to eliminate the advantage of 8 "cluster" processors in multi-threaded performance. Fortunately, AMD is abandoning clustered multi-threading in favour of simultaneous multi-threading (like HyperThreading on Intel). In other words, AMD processors have to "wait a lot" for shared resources in single-threaded applications, Intel processors don't, and even though threads are assigned by the OS, the threads a CPU shows to the OS and the way it shares resources across cores are a key point for single thread application. That's pretty much it and sorry for the wall of text.
  40. 2 points
    @Dibya, with all due respect: everybody and their cousin here knows you love the PAE hack. Notice it was unveiled by Geoff Chappell a long time ago, and it works beautifully for Vista+ and 2k. XP and XP SP1 don't need it, nor do the x86 Server NT OSes. However, no matter how strongly you may wish to the contrary, it's unstable for XP SP2 and SP3, and none of the patches available does anything to restore to the hal the code extricated from it by MS, which results in unfixable instabilities, only part of which are solved - somewhat - by using a bunch of Server 2k3 drivers. OTOH, the Gavotte Rramdisk is free, safe, *stable*, reasonably easy to set up, and just works! It goes without saying that it doess not hamper the attainment of multimonth uptimes.
  41. 2 points
    Added those to the list, thanks. Well, I decided to somewhat overhaul this list, and I have done research and testing and have added quite a bit more software to the list, especially in the ONG section, and I cleaned up the layout a bit. Similarly to the LVSFW 98 and 2000 lists, this list now specifies whether the software is paid or free, and open or closed source. If you ask me, this is packed with much more information compared to before, and the layout is much more clear. As for testing, I have virtual machines and one PC still running Vista, so leave it to me-- although if you want to and are able test something, that's fine too! Hopefully, Windows Vista users/enthusiasts/system admins can get better use out of this list compared to before.
  42. 2 points
    I've just updated to FF 50.0 and I confirm all the videos in the Quirksmode Test Page play OK. Moreover, all my extensions (PlainOldFavorites, RefControl, User Agent Switcher and New Tab Override 3.0) were accepted and kept working.
  43. 2 points
    Today marks two years since Microsoft dropped Windows XP. The Internet is abuzz with articles that are "incredulous" to the fact that people are still using XP. Long Live Windows XP! https://www.google.com/#q=windows+xp&tbm=nws TechnoBuffalo: Windows XP the Third Most Popular OS After 15 Years Daily Caller: Windows XP Still One of the Most Popular OSes We Live Security: Windows XP: The Zombie OS Lives On
  44. 2 points
  45. 2 points
    We REALLY need a KernelEx for Vista... I mean, it's in the same predicament as Windows 2000! Heck, I bet it would be easier to develop than what we have for Windows 2000, because Vista has most of the components 7 has (with the Platform Update and all).
  46. 2 points
    Only theoretical advantage (and there is not even consensus of its validity as a theory) to be proved (or disproved) by actual tests/benchmarks. We are talking of a browser here, not of a 3D rendering software! jaclaz
  47. 2 points
    Most probably far beyond that date , but you have a "wrong" perception, while XP is much less bloated than later systems it is not "light", it's installed size almost tripled (around 1500 Mb vs. 650 Mb) when compared to Windows 2000 (without providing, with the exception of bells an whistles, very few new, useful features). To be fair, even the almost 5x size of Windows 2000 when compared to good ol' NT 4.00 (650 Mb vs. 150/180 Mb) is hardly justified. jaclaz
  48. 2 points
    Well would you look at that. Looks good to me So I guess Server 2012 Updates do install.
  49. 2 points
    Well I got home later than I anticipated, but ran System Restore to create a Restore Point. Then I downloaded six updates (five for Windows Server 2012, and one for Internet Explorer 10). I had shut off the Windows Update service and had cleared the \Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder on a previous occasion, so I started the service and let the folder populate. Then I manually installed all of the updates one by one. (KB3115858, KB3123294, KB3126593, KB3126587 and KB3124280, plus KB3134814 for IE10) Now I had removed IE10 from my system (and even deleted the disk payload for the feature using the DISM command), but I thought perhaps that the IE update would improve security in the IE engine files that may still reside on the system. All updates installed without incident. Now to reboot. Be right back ...
  50. 2 points
    This post is for those interested in installing the latest version of Sketchup on Vista. I hope someone finds this useful. I recently discovered that Sketchup 2015 and later do not support Windows Vista. However, I found a workaround that is very simple to do, and the program installs and runs perfectly fine on Vista. First of all, you'll need to make sure that your Vista system is up to date, as IE9 is required (according to their website) for installation, as well as Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. The next thing to do is to download and install Orca MSI editor: http://www.technipages.com/downloads/OrcaMSI.zip Then, download an MSI installer of Sketchup 2016 here: https://help.sketchup.com/en/article/115548 Once downloaded, right click on the MSI and choose "Edit with Orca": http://prntscr.com/9cs5wu Once you've done that, a window should pop up. In the left pane of the window, right click on "LaunchCondition" and choose "Drop table": http://prntscr.com/9cs60y You should then get a warning message, asking if you're sure you want to proceed. Choose yes. Then, click the File menu> Save, and then you can close the window. Run the installer, and proceed as normal, and it should install and run fine on Vista!: http://prntscr.com/9cs65g http://prntscr.com/9cs68q