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WinClient5270 last won the day on November 15

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About WinClient5270

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  1. You Want to Change Your Username?

    Could I please have my username changed to WinClient5270 ? My YouTube and Twitter accounts already have this username so I'd like to unify my username across all platforms so my subscribers/followers can find me on all of them easier. Thanks!
  2. SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR NOVEMBER 8, 2017: Added a new section: Cloud storage clients. Added Microsoft OneDrive Version 2017 Build 17.3.7076.1026 to "Cloud Storage clients" section. Added MakeMKV to (ONG) "Optical disc media management software" section. Added Handbrake to (ONG) "Multimedia" section. Moved OBS Studio from (ONG) "Multimedia" section to (ONG) "Screen Recording & Capture software">"Screen Recording" section, as I feel that the software's functionality fits in better with this genre. Added new (ONG) subsection: Outer space simulation software. Added Outerra to (ONG) "Outer space simulation software" section. Moved Space Engine from (ONG) "Games" section to new (ONG) "Outer space simulation software" section. Removed (ONG) "Google software" section. Moved Google Earth from (ONG) "Google software" section to new (ONG) "Outer space simulation software" section. Removed Microsoft OneDrive from (ONG) "Cloud storage clients" section. Added Backup and Sync by Google to (ONG) "Cloud storage clients" section.
  3. SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR NOVEMBER 3, 2017: Removed OBS Studio 18.0.2 from "Music & video streaming software">"Video Streaming" section, as Vista compatibility has been restored as of around version 20.x. Removed "Games">"Sequels unlikely to support Vista" section. Moved to a new (ONG) subsection: "Games". Added new (ONG) section: "Games". All games previously in the "Sequels unlikely to support Vista" section can be found here. Added Space Engine and Planet Explorers to (ONG) "Games" section. Added Leawo Blu-ray Player, Potplayer, and OBS Studio to (ONG) "Multimedia" section. Added GFXBench GL to (ONG) "Benchmarking and system stress-testing software" section.
  4. Game question for Vista 64 bit

    Thank you for your report. I will add that to Last versions of software for Windows Vista now.
  5. SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR OCTOBER 22, 2017: Added Advanced Chrome v54.15.5320.0 to "Web browsers">"Chromium based" section. Added a link to "Office suites" section: "Description of the versions of Office that are compatible with Windows Vista". Added a new section: "Microsoft Office Add-ins/Tools". The addition of this section helps to clean up the overwhelmingly large "Additional Microsoft software/utilities" section. Moved Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2013 Database Tool, Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook, Junk Mail Reporting Add-in for Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote, Office 2010 Filter Packs, Office File Validation Add-in for Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 and Microsoft Office 2007 SP2, Outlook 2007/2003/2002 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup, PowerPoint Viewer 2010, Search Commands Add-In for Office 2007 and Office 2010, and Word Viewer 2010 from "Additional Microsoft software/utilities" section to "Microsoft Office Add-ins/Tools" section. Updated information about Windows Media Player 11: Online stores/Online Media Service Listing Program has been discontinued. Clarified information about Pale Moon x64 under Vista. Renamed (ONG) "Remote desktop access" section to "Remote access". Added Logmein Rescue Technician Console, Splashtop Business Access, Splashtop On-Demand Support, Splashtop Remote Support, VNC Connect, and VNC Viewer to (ONG) "Remote access" section.
  6. Server 2008 Updates on Windows Vista

    Just letting everyone know how October's batch of updates went. I was able to install all of the Server 2008 October 2017 updates on my Vista Ultimate x64 system with no issues. Here are the following updates that I installed (no .NET Framework updates were released this month AFAIK, so no .NET Framework related updates were installed): KB4040685 (IE9) KB4041671 KB4041944 KB4041995 KB4042007 KB4042067 KB4042120 KB4042121 KB4042122 KB4042123 KB4042723
  7. [Guide] Windows Vista on the Intel Ivy Bridge platform

    The X79 Deluxe and Sabertooth boards both have Asmedia USB 3.0 controllers and Realtek Audio which should both work with Vista just fine. I find it odd that ASUS decided to exclude any drivers for XP and Vista on their site for that particular board as it should work with Vista/XP just fine, however, you more than likely can use the Sabertooth drivers without issues since they have the same USB 3.0 and Audio chipsets. If for some reason the drivers don't work (and don't let the name fool you, unlike most "driver installers" this software is actually legitimate), you can use Snappy Driver Installer to find the appropriate drivers for your hardware, which was especially useful for me since ASUS didn't bother to list any official Vista drivers for my ASUS P8B75-M motherboard either (which btw, runs Vista just fine, except for the Intel USB 3.0 ports which don't work with Vista, since Intel didn't release any USB 3.0 drivers for Vista. These simply run in USB 2.0 compatibility mode, though).
  8. Vista on Intel Celeron N3050 (Braswell) board

    I apologize; I thought Intel introduced its USB 3.0 chipsets with Sandy Bridge, but Sandy Bridge actually only supports USB 3.0 through third party chipsets (such as Asmedia). Intel didn't create their own USB 3.0 chipsets until Ivy Bridge, so Intel never released any USB 3.0 drivers for Vista, at any period. My bad. From my understanding, Z68 boards don't have Intel USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.0 is only supported through third party chipsets. It wasn't until Z77 (Ivy Bridge) that Intel made its own USB 3.0 chipsets. So if you use a Z77 board (or any Ivy-era board), you won't get USB 3.0 driver support under Vista.
  9. Vista on Intel Celeron N3050 (Braswell) board

    Yes, unfortunately Vista is at a dead end when it comes to modern hardware. While Ivy Bridge is fine for now, it will only become less and less feasible to use as modern applications become heavier (that'll probably be quite a ways off though). Since I assume you probably like Vista mostly for its UI and looks (as do I and many others), I thought you might like to see this. The following screenshots show (mostly) how far I've been able to make 7 look like Vista (since you can't change your hardware, you may find this solution a viable option): Logon screen: http://prntscr.com/gx85jj System Properties: http://prntscr.com/gx871c Windows Explorer & user folder icons: http://prntscr.com/gx86gr Start menu: http://prntscr.com/gx86j4 System tray: http://prntscr.com/gx869z Windows Vista's built-in apps (only a few of them are shown): http://prntscr.com/gx86sy Windows Vista desktop backgrounds: http://prntscr.com/gx863o To give credit where credit is due, @AnX and @11ryanc did a lot of work on this project as well. If you check out the 7-to-Vista transformation tutorial link I sent, it will show you how to get most of what you see here (the transformation pack needs updating however, since certain elements of the project have been fixed/refined).
  10. Vista on Intel Celeron N3050 (Braswell) board

    Not quite. Sandy Bridge does include USB 3.0 drivers for Vista (through third party chipsets). It is the last platform from Intel to do so. Ivy Bridge on the other hand doesn't include USB 3.0 drivers for Vista. However, since most Sandy Bridge-era motherboards will support Ivy Bridge CPUs through a BIOS upgrade, those may be used to achieve USB 3.0 support under Vista when using it with an Ivy Bridge CPU. If you use an Ivy Bridge-era board, Intel's USB 3.0 drivers won't support Vista and you'll have to use the USB 3.0 ports in USB 2.0 compatibility mode.
  11. Vista on Intel Celeron N3050 (Braswell) board

    Braswell is essentially a variant of Haswell. Neither have Intel HD Graphics or Intel USB 3.0 drivers for Vista, unfortunately. I've already tried modifying Windows 7 drivers (swapping out 7's NT version number [6.1] for Vista's NT version number [6.0] in the INF files), but it doesn't work. I received a Code 39 error when attempting to install them. As burd pointed out, this most likely happens due to missing APIs/functions in Vista that were introduced in Windows 7, which the drivers rely on to work correctly. While Vista and 7 do have similar driver models, they're not quite the same. If you really want to run Vista today, you should swap your machine for something from either the Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge era, as those are the last platforms to support Windows Vista. They are a few years old by now but are still more than enough for the average user, and the higher end Sandy/Ivy Bridge Core i5/i7 CPUs provide more than enough power if you do more resource-intensive tasks. Although Intel didn't release any USB 3.0 drivers for Vista with Ivy Bridge, this can be worked around by using a Sandy Bridge-era motherboard paired with an Ivy Bridge CPU. Chipset and Intel HD Graphics drivers for Vista on Ivy Bridge were in fact released, however, Sandy's USB 3.0 supports Vista fine (since Sandy only supports USB 3.0 through third party chipsets, which all support Vista), and most Sandy Bridge motherboards are able to support Ivy Bridge CPUs through a BIOS upgrade, so that shouldn't be an issue. View my guide here for more information. If you are unable to replace your hardware or simply don't want to go through the trouble, you can reskin or "transform" Windows 7 to make it look and feel nearly the same as Windows Vista. I made several tutorials here which will show you how to perform the process (WinClient5270 is my YouTube channel name). Good luck, and welcome to MSFN!
  12. SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO THE LIST FOR OCTOBER 11, 2017 Added disclaimer in "Web browsers" section: Most of the listed browsers are no longer updated and may eventually stop displaying websites correctly as time goes on. Please check the ONG section for a list of Web Browsers that continue to support Vista (Pale Moon is my personal recommendation, as the browser still receives major updates on Vista unlike most of the other options). Updated download link to Google Chrome 49.0.2623.112m (shoutouts to sdfox7 for providing a link), as visiting the main Chrome download page no longer delivers a compatible installer for XP/Vista users. Updated information regarding Slimjet: v10 of the browser, although supposedly continuing to receive security updates, has not received any updates since February 7, 2017. This may indicate that Flashpeak has quietly abandoned the browser. You may find better use out of Slimjet 11 or 12, since they are based on newer Chromium versions (v51 & v53, respectively) and will most likely be able to display more webpages correctly for a longer period of time than Slimjet 10. Updated information regarding Microsoft Office 2007 extended support: extended support for the software ended on October 10, 2017. Added link to my Windows Vista on the Ivy Bridge platform guide in "Intel chipset & graphics" section. Added Comodo Internet Security and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit to (ONG) "Antivirus/security software" section. Added Twitch Desktop App to (ONG) "Multimedia" section. Added FL Studio & Synthesia to (ONG) "Audio creation/editing tools" section. Added SSD Tweaker to (ONG) "Hard drive utilities" section.
  13. [Guide] Windows Vista on the Intel Ivy Bridge platform

    You can use any X79 board for Sandy or Ivy Bridge-E, and Windows Vista is supported. The ASUS Sabertooth is a great example: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_X79/HelpDesk_Download/
  14. Introduction: As the title implies, this post serves as a guide for anyone potentially seeking to install and use Vista on the Intel Ivy Bridge platform. I felt there was a need to create this guide, because although getting full driver support for Vista under Ivy Bridge IS possible, it requires you to use certain motherboard(s) from the Sandy Bridge era to get USB 3.0 driver support for Vista. Intel HD 4000 Graphics drivers are also not so easy to obtain for Vista, so a link to them has been provided below. Choosing the right motherboard: With Ivy Bridge, Intel dropped Windows Vista (and XP) support from its USB 3.0 drivers, rendering XP/Vista support for the Ivy chipset incomplete. To work around this, you will need to find a motherboard from the Sandy Bridge era that supports Sandy AND Ivy Bridge CPUs. Almost all Sandy Bridge motherboards, except those with the Q65, Q67 or B65 chipsets, will support Ivy Bridge CPUs through a BIOS upgrade. A notable example of such a motherboard is the Asus P8Z68-V LX. This motherboard in particular has Asmedia USB 3.0 controllers, and Asmedia has excellent driver support for Windows Vista. Gigabyte also offers a number of boards that include third-party USB 3.0 chipsets, which support Vista. Be aware that you might have to purchase (or borrow from a friend/relative) a Sandy Bridge CPU to boot up your system for the first time if you are building from scratch, as the original BIOS version for these boards does not support the use of Ivy Bridge CPUs and will not allow you to boot the machine with an Ivy Bridge CPU without first updating your BIOS. For Ivy Bridge-E processors, the X79 chipset is fully supported on Windows Vista and you may choose any motherboard you like (the BIOS update situation still applies). If you do not care about or need USB 3.0, then you may choose any Ivy Bridge motherboard you like. Chipset drivers for Ivy Bridge do support Vista and can be downloaded here. I personally use the ASUS P8B75-M motherboard with Windows Vista Ultimate, and I find it to work well (Vista simply uses its generic USB 2.0 drivers for the USB 3.0 ports). Finding Intel HD 4000 Graphics drivers: You can download Intel HD 4000 Graphics drivers for Vista here. For some reason, Intel decided initially to not support Windows Vista with its HD 4000 graphics chipsets. However, it appears that they later decided to add in Windows Vista support, evidently via backporting Windows 7 drivers, since this installer claims that the drivers are for Windows 7 but doesn't mention Vista specifically. Despite this, the drivers work just fine in Windows Vista. I have studied the driver setup information (.inf) files and found that both desktop and mobile HD 4000 graphics chipsets are supported, so this driver should be able to be used with any Ivy Bridge graphics chipset under Windows Vista. That's it! No additional special steps are required, and you may install and use Vista normally with full driver support on the Ivy Bridge platform (arguably the best platform for XP/Vista). I hope this guide helped you!
  15. Is Vista a lost cause on modern hardware?

    Good question, burd. You see, superfetch preallocates some applications you use most frequently into RAM. This results in faster performance (since RAM can be accessed instantly, whereas on the hard drive the data must be "read" first). With SSDs, superfetch is useless because SSDs are instant and have no moving parts unlike standard HDDs, so it takes almost no time to read the data to launch the application(s) you want to open and ends up being about the same speed as RAM. So it saves memory to turn it off. In Windows Vista, superfetch was much more aggressive with RAM compared to Windows 7, where superfetch was greatly toned down. Vista's algorithm was just not practical for systems with less than 2 GB of RAM, but on systems with more RAM than that, it was fine (at least until modern applications started to use more RAM... now you'd probably need even more than 2 GB, optimally). 7's algorithm works almost the same, but I suppose it doesn't preallocate as many applications into RAM so it doesn't use as much memory. That's great for low-end hardware but could cause a slight performance decrease coming from Vista on systems with more RAM, if you use several different applications. I doubt it's all that noticeable, though.