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2008WindowsVista last won the day on September 18

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About 2008WindowsVista

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  1. Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR SEPTEMBER 19, 2017: Rearranged some existing misalphabetized items. Increased the font size of subsection headers from 12 to 14 for easier reading, and color-coded them (purple) for easy distinguishing between main section headers. Added BleachBit to (ONG) "System cleanup, management, and analysis" section. Added dBpoweramp: CD Ripper to (ONG) "Optical disk media management software" section. Added Asset UPnP audio server, dBpoweramp: MP3 Converter, and PerfectTUNES to (ONG) "Audio creation/editing tools" section. Removed Open Broadcaster software from ONG section. Added OBS Classic 0.659b to "Music/video streaming software" section. Added OBS Studio 18.0.2 to "Music/video streaming software" section. This may be removed (and OBS Studio placed in the ONG section) in the future if Vista support is added back (the OBS homepage claims Vista is still supported), but as of right now, OBS Studio versions 19.0 and onward aren't compatible with Vista due to missing dependencies and will not launch at all. I will post a complaint about this on the OBS forum and wait for a response. Whatever happens will be posted here when it happens.
  2. Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2017: Removed Sonic Mania disclaimer, as the game has now been tested by MSFN member burd and confirmed to be working on Vista. Added Maxthon to (ONG) "Web browsers" "Multi-engine supported browsers" subsection. Simplified link descriptions in the "Quick Links" section to be less overly detailed and more to-the-point.
  3. Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    I downloaded (what is supposed to be) the browser) from MajorGeeks and it appeared to be nothing more than a re-packaged version of Tor... I think simply listing Tor Browser and Firefox 52 ESR shall continue to saffice. I see no difference between them and this browser that warrants a new entry. Thanks a lot for trying the game out on Vista, I will now remove the disclaimer. Thanks for letting me know about Maxthon. I have added it to the ongoing support section. I personally couldn't get Qupzilla 2.0.1 to install in Vista (installer gave an NSIS error), and 2.0.2 would install and run, but as soon as I tried to load any webpages with it, it crashed the entire operating system. It is for this reason that I added Qupzilla 1.8.9 as the true last version for Vista. Pale Moon and Dooble are already in the ONG section. Pale Moon IMHO is the best browser choice for Windows Vista. As I mentioned earlier, the main developers actually listened to me when I told them about the problems with the 64-bit version of the browser under Vista back in June 2017. Instead of backing out of supporting Vista or blaming me for using an "obsolete" operating system, the problem was fixed and the browser works better than ever. In addition to the former, it also utilizes Windows Vista's features quite well, such as DirectWrite font rendering and system codec support (these were added in Platform Update and Platform Update Supplement for Windows Vista), something that Google never managed to (properly) pull off with Chrome. Speaking of Chrome, even Windows Aero was no longer utilized in Google Chrome under Vista after version 40, due to Google discontinuing development for the Vista version of Chrome and simply throwing Vista on XP's version of Chrome... To this day, it irks me that this occurred. They can blame "low usage" and "lack of feedback" all they want to, but I know d*** well that they did it as an excuse to drop Vista and XP support simultaneously. Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. The fact that Mozilla and Moonchild managed to pull these things off just fine without the apparent need for "feedback" doesn't help Google's case. Oh well, who needs Chrome when we have Pale Moon, Slimjet 10, and Firefox 52 ESR?
  4. Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    I'm sorry, but PirateBrowser has been discontinued, so I don't think I'll bother adding it. The last update to the browser was in April of 2015, and the PirateBrowser domain has been down for quite sometime (since December 2015), giving solid evidence that the browser will no longer be updated. You can still view it on Wayback Machine here, though.
  5. Server 2008 Updates on Windows Vista

    I was able to install all updates except for KB4039325 (does not apply to your system message). According to this link, it's related to Hyper-V, so it was expected since Vista doesn't have Hyper-V, obviously.
  6. Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    Added to the list, thanks.
  7. Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2017: Updated Dolphin Emulator to UNS status, after discovering here that the application is not officially supported on Windows Vista. This has been the case for a long time and I did not know about it until today, so this change does not signify any undesirable changes in compatibility or functionality in the latest release of Dolphin for Windows Vista users. Even the latest "Development" releases of Dolphin continue to work just fine in Windows Vista. I also previously failed to mention that the application is 64-bit only, so this information has been added. Added GPU-Z to (ONG) "Hardware identification and temperature management" section. Added download links for .NET Framework 4.6.0 and 4.6.1. Added HideMe VPN to (ONG) "VPN Clients" section.
  8. Nvidia Pascal Graphics Card Issue

    It's SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, released for the GameCube, PS2, and Original Xbox. Not veering too far off topic, the game was released in 2003 (I would've been 11 years old at the time), so I enjoyed playing it when I was a kid, and now it makes a very entertaining speedrun (which I'm learning to do now). In my opinion, it's a pretty solid platformer and does a great job at adapting the SpongeBob brand to a game, especially for a licensed game. It's a shame that you're having issues... Maybe you could just use Windows 7 for heavier gaming, and use Vista for everything else? I suppose that would be more desirable than downgrading your hardware to a GTX 900 series card. I wonder why these drivers don't utilize 3D applications properly. Have you tried the same drivers in Windows 7? I would do so and see if things perform similar or the same as they do in Vista. BTW: If you're interested in further exploring Battle for Bikini Bottom, here's a little tip. To remove those red triangles, use these settings instead: http://prntscr.com/gkfkdj http://prntscr.com/gkfklb Also, to get a more HD-effect and to improve the game's lighting, give the DolphinFX Post-Processing Effect plugin a try: https://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-dolphinfx-post-processing-suite-for-the-opengl-backend
  9. Nvidia Pascal Graphics Card Issue

    Sorry to hear that the 365.19 drivers didn't work. I really don't know what to tell you at this point, other than to buy a Vista-compatible GPU, such as something from the 900 series or below. Or perhaps the GTX 1060, 1070, or 1080 would work better than the 1050 with the modified drivers, since I believe that the modified drivers are geared toward those cards more than the 1050. I don't have a GTX 1000 series card to test, or I'd be able to assist you better... again, my apologies. The drivers utilize graphic intensive programs for me just fine, for example Dolphin (though one could argue that Dolphin is more CPU dependent, it still requires a pretty decent GPU to work properly): http://prntscr.com/gjlw88 However, since I'm using a GTX 750ti, maybe the issue doesn't affect me for some reason? Who knows...
  10. Nvidia Pascal Graphics Card Issue

    This is quite odd... Does the GPU fan spin before Vista boots up? Or does it just simply stop spinning as soon as the OS boots and the drivers are loaded? If so, this is quite odd as the drivers seem to work fine with @burd's configuration. Also, have you tested an operating system that "officially" supports the GPU, such as Windows 7? If so, did everything behave as expected? If you have tried the above and the GPU fan never spins, this sounds more to me like a hardware issue. As I stated prior, I also use this driver with my GTX 750ti and have no problems whatsoever, unless for some reason this only affects the GTX 1050 GPUs, which would make no sense to me... I have also fully patched my Vista system up to April 2017 (and installed all Server 2008 updates released since May 2017, for extra security), which I recommend doing if you haven't already (I assume you haven't, since those updates I suggested prior weren't already installed). In contrast to newer versions of Windows, updating Vista actually is worth it as Microsoft made many improvements to the system outside of the major updates (SP2, Platform Update, etc.) that fixed small bugs that Vista had here and there, which may remedy the issues you're experiencing. ...and if you are concerned, Windows 10's telemetry was never backported to Vista either, so you're safe from that. If you need help getting Windows Update un-stuck from the infamous "Checking for Updates" stage, I have made a video about it on my YouTube channel here that may be of use to you. If all else fails, it might be possible to modify the 365.19 suite of drivers (last "official" version to support Vista) by adding in the hardware IDs for your GPU to the driver's INF file(s), which may fix your issues. Please let me know if you're interested in trying this, and I'll do my best to assist you. Good luck, and let me know how my solution(s) work for you!
  11. Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR SEPTEMBER 7, 2017: Simplified the information contained in the "Introduction" section to be less overwhelmingly detailed, and more to-the-point. Added links to Last versions of software for Windows 95, Last versions of software for Windows 98, and Last versions of software for Windows 2000 threads in the "Quick Links" section. Also added a link to a new video tutorial on how to get Windows Vista updates until 2020 (video created by me). Updated information about Firefox 52.x ESR: the browser should continue receiving updates until May 2018, rather than the previous Sept. 2017 date. Added Sonic Mania in "Games" "Unofficially works on Vista" subsection, along with a disclaimer that the game has not been tested by anyone on this forum, and compatibility was only verified by word-of-mouth by someone on the Steam forum. If someone here tests the game on Vista and finds it to be working, I will remove this disclaimer. Updated Logitech Gaming Software entry to v8.96.81. Added TorGuard VPN client to (ONG) "VPN clients" section. Removed "Post-EOL updates for Windows Vista" section as the addition of the link to my video tutorial and the side note of information in the "Quick Links" section pretty much eliminates the need for it (big thanks to MSFN user @greenhillmaniac for allowing me to link to his Server 2008 update repository in my video).
  12. Nvidia Pascal Graphics Card Issue

    I don't think trying other driver versions would be an option; as far as I know, the modified 372.70 drivers are the only ones that support both Vista and the GTX 1000 series GPUs, unless there's a way to make older drivers support the newer graphics cards. Newer drivers don't work, most likely due to missing Win7+ dependencies not found in Vista that the drivers rely on to work correctly. I don't remember what version exactly I tried (this was about a year ago), but I do know that it was post 370.xx series. I received a Code 39 error in Device Manager upon installing the drivers, and the drivers would not function properly. I know this solution is pretty obvious, but you never know... But do you have Service Pack 2 (KB948465), Platform Update (KB971512), and Platform Update Supplement (KB2117917) installed? Platform Update and Platform Update Supplement for Windows Vista adds support for the DirectX 11 API, as well as a few additional APIs from Windows 7 to improve compatibility with newer software and drivers. Also, I've found that the update slightly improves overall system performance and stability. You may also try installing the Driver Framework version 1.11 update for Windows Vista which improves support for newer drivers, see here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2685813/user-mode-driver-framework-version-1-11-update-for-windows-vista--wind Personally, I use the modified 372.70 drivers in my environment, but with a GTX 750ti, and I also don't game much except for playing certain Dolphin games (i.e. SpongeBob Battle for Bikini Bottom), and I have no issues doing that. Perhaps someone else gaming with Vista using a similar configuration as you (GTX 10xx card with the same drivers) could chime in with a more helpful reply. I hope I helped you regardless, though. Good luck!
  13. Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR AUGUST 22, 2017: Moved Internet Explorer 9 to "Independently-based" "Web browsers" subsection. This change was made so that the title of IE's subsection was consistent with the rest of the subsections, in that the title is written based on the browser's codebase name, not the rendering engine. Added Yandex Browser v17.4.0.2461 to "Chromium based" "Web browsers" subsection. Added Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2013 Database Tool to "Additional Microsoft software" section. Added UC Browser to (ONG) "Chromium based" "Web browsers" subsection.
  14. Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    Thanks everyone for the submissions! I have added them and will mention them in the Aug. 22, 2017 SOC. Speaking of browsers, I personally find Pale Moon x86 to be the best all-around browser for Windows Vista at the moment. It still receives major version updates on the OS quite often, and multimedia/codec support has been greatly improved with 27.4. The x64 version works fine as well, but YouTube was somewhat broken for me with it... I had to enable "MSE for WebM video" in Options to get any videos to play. The x86 version is not affected by this. The overall browser's UI fits Vista and Windows 7 quite well, and the browser has not adopted an ugly, unfitting material design UI, which is a plus. It's also worth noting that the head developer actually listened to me when I pointed out the problems with the outdated MS Visual C run-time library DLLs causing the x64 version of the browser to not load in Windows Vista, and he fixed the issue no questions asked without pinning the blame on me for using an "outdated" operating system. I can definitely respect and appreciate that. On another note, while almost all other browsing options are at a dead end for Vista (whether by placing Vista on a security-only release, announcing that Vista support will be dropped soon, or just simply dropping support for it altogether), in the case of Pale Moon, it does not seem as if this will happen anytime soon. The browser has slowly isolated itself away from Mozilla's code changes/decisions, and as such, OS-support decisions made by Mozilla mostly don't affect Pale Moon at all, which means that Vista support is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. I certainly recommend Pale Moon over all other browsing options if you're running Vista, or even newer versions of Windows. However, the aforementioned departure from Mozilla's decisions does bring with it some downsides... since the browser is not a simple branch of Firefox anymore, certain extensions for FF won't work with PM. I don't know of any examples off the top of my head but I have seen a few users complaining about that before a while back. The extensions I use aren't affected by that so it isn't an issue for me, personally. @11ryanc did. It's a version of the thread from a few days ago before today's additions were added in, however, so it's not 100% identical. I do keep an offline copy of the list (in .docx format) updated though. Thanks to the recent donations (and disabling of ad-blockers), the chances of MSFN going down anytime soon are getting thin though, so I won't be moving the list to a new forum unless that happens. If it does happen, I have picked BleepingComputer as the alternative forum for the list, so be looking for it on there (if MSFN does go down, of course).
  15. MSFN will be online one more month! (Until Sept-12)

    LOL. Small world... Oh, did I mention that I LOVE Amazon?