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  1. 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!
  2. Introduction: This list was created for the purpose of documenting final versions of software to support Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008. It is actively maintained by the Windows Vista community here on MSFN and edited by myself, so if you have any additions that you'd like to add that aren't found on the list currently, feel free to reply with them and I will add them as soon as possible. However, please avoid suggesting abandoned, useless, obsolete, or deprecated pieces of software (especially web browsers) that have been discontinued on Windows as a whole. If the software was well known and widely used (i.e. Winamp, Apple Quicktime), then the addition is welcome. IMPORTANT: DO NOT provide links to pirated software, or software that is not hosted by the software vendor (without permission from the vendor), as that will not be tolerated by MSFN per rules 1a, 1b, 1c, and 1d. 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. Quick links: Windows 95 version of this thread • Windows 98 version of this thread • Windows 2000 version of this thread *NOTE: It is unknown why this occurs, but clicking on the following update links may randomly send you to an "Error 404" page. If this occurs, just refresh the page until the proper download page appears. 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. Fix Windows Update getting stuck on "Checking for Updates" in Windows Vista (video by me) Get security updates for Windows Vista until 2020 (video by me; big thanks to MSFN user greenhillmaniac for maintaining the Server 2008 update repository). List: Key: $$$= Paid software | FREE= Non-paid software | CS= Closed Source | OS= Open Source | UNS=Not officially supported on Vista, but still installs/works Web Browsers: Note: most of these browsers are no longer updated and may have trouble displaying some websites correctly. Please check the ongoing support section for browsers that continue to be updated on Vista. Independently based: Polarity Portable 8.4.4 (FREE, OS) [Feb. 2017] Download here. Supports IE7-9 (Trident) & Chromium rendering engines. No longer supported by Polarity as of February 25, 2017. QupZilla 1.8.9 (FREE, OS) [Nov. 2015] The installer for 2.0.1 gives an NSIS error, and 2.0.2 will run but crashes the OS when trying to load pages. Later versions simply don't work. Windows Internet Explorer 9 (FREE, CS) [Mar. 2011] Requires SP2 & Platform Update. To download, click here. Chromium based: Comodo Dragon (FREE, OS) [Jan. 2016] Based on Chromium 46.x. Download here. Epic Browser Version 58.0.3300.190 (FREE, OS, UNS) [June 2017] Based on Chromium 58. Download: Epic Browser v58 silent installer for Vista Google Chrome 49.0.2623.112m (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] To download, click here (Link provided by MSFN user sdfox7; visiting the main Chrome download page no longer works). Google Chrome 50.0.2661.87m (FREE, OS, UNS) [Apr. 2016] Download portable version here (works with Vista out of the box). Non-portable version requires modification to the application executable to run; view this post for more details. Opera 36.x (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] Based on Chromium 49. Supposedly continues to receive security updates, however hasn't been updated since August 2016 (at the time of writing). To download the latest version, click on this link and then click on the most recent entry in the list. Opera 37.0.2178.54 (FREE, OS, UNS) [May 2016] Requires modification to the application executable to run; view this post for more details. Download here. Slimjet 10.x (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] Based on Chromium 50. Supposedly continues to receive security updates, however has not been updated since February 2017 (at the time of writing). To download, click here. Slimjet 11.0.8 (FREE, OS) [July 2016] Based on Chromium 51; no longer updated. Might display more webpages correctly than Slimjet 10. Download here. Slimjet (FREE, OS, UNS) [Oct. 2016] Based on Chromium 53; no longer updated. Although it has minor font spacing issues with certain pages, it may display more pages correctly than Slimjet 10. Download here. Vivaldi 1.0 stable (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] Based on Chromium 49, and no longer receives security updates. To download, click here (link provided by Vivaldi.com). Yandex Browser v17.4.0.2461 (FREE, OS) [Mar. 2017] Based on Chromium 57; no longer updated. A download link could not be obtained; sorry for the inconvenience. Firefox based: Firefox 52.x ESR (FREE, OS) [Mar. 2017] This release is set to receive security updates until May 2018, according to the release schedule. Download here (choose your language/country from the listing, and you should then be directed to a page to download the appropriate installer). Firefox 53.0.3 (FREE, OS, UNS) [May 2017] Requires modification to the application executable to run; view this post for more details. NOTE: Codec support is broken under Windows Vista, so using Firefox 52 ESR instead is advised. Download here (choose your language/country from the listing, and you should then be directed to a page to download the appropriate installer). GNU IceCat 38.8.0 (FREE, OS) [May 2016] Download here. SeaMonkey 2.49 (FREE, OS) Upcoming; when this version will be released is not yet known. It is confirmed here that this will be the final release for Vista/2008. Waterfox 53.0.3 (FREE, OS) [May 2017] 64-bit only. According to the head developer, creating a separate release for older systems (presumably Vista/XP) is being considered. Download here. Security software: Avira 2013, all paid editions ($$$, CS) No longer supports Windows Vista as of April 10, 2013. Windows Server operating systems aren't supported. Avira Antivirus Free v15.0.9.504 (FREE, CS) Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 ($$$, CS) Emsisoft version 10 ($$$, CS) No longer receives database updates as of April 2016. Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.52 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. EMET will reach end of life on July 31, 2018. 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 ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Microsoft Security Essentials (FREE, CS) No longer supports or functions on Windows Vista as of April 11, 2017. Server 2008 is still currently supported, where the software works fine as of August 2017. Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.47 - April 2017 (FREE, CS) Last version for Vista. Later versions don't work with Vista, but continue to support Windows Server 2008. Spybot version 2.4 Free Edition (FREE, CS) Download here. Trend Micro Antivirus+ 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ended on June 30, 2017. Trend Micro Internet Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ended on June 30, 2017. Trend Micro Maximum Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ended on June 30, 2017. Windows Defender 1.1.1600.0 (FREE, CS) Not reputable for providing quality protection, however still receives definition updates as of April 2017. This could change at any time, though. Click here and scroll down to the OS chart to download the most recent definitions. Multimedia: Kodi 17.3 (FREE, OS) mpv Media Player v0.25.0 (FREE, OS) Download: 32 bit 64 bit PowerDVD 15 ($$$, CS) Winamp 5.6 (FREE, CS) No longer updated on any version of Windows as of 2013. Download here. PDF viewers: Adobe Acrobat Reader X v10.1.16 (FREE, CS) No longer updated/supported by Adobe as of November 15, 2015. Adobe Acrobat Reader XI (FREE, CS, UNS) Officially supports Windows Server 2008, however Vista is not officially supported. Despite this, the software still works in Vista, with the exception of auto-updating. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC version 2015.10.20060 (FREE, CS, UNS) To learn how to install the software in Vista, view this YouTube tutorial, created by myself. Office Suites (all $$$, CS): Microsoft Office XP SP3 (Extended support ended on July 12, 2011.) Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 (Extended support ended on April 8, 2014.) Microsoft Office 2007 SP3 (Extended support ended on October 10, 2017.) Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 (Extended support will end on October 13, 2020.) Virtualization Software: Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (FREE, CS) UNS on Starter/Home versions of XP and Vista. VMware Player 6.0.7 (FREE, CS) VMware Workstation 10.0.7 ($$$, CS) Apple software/hardware support (all software is FREE, CS): iCloud Control Panel 2.1.3 iTunes Download: Vista 32-bit Vista 64-bit. Limitations/issues: On 64-bit versions of Vista/2008, you must use the "older video cards" installer linked above. The normal release doesn't work. Starting with iTunes 11.2, you'll get Data Execution Prevention errors when closing the program. iTunes 12.1.3.x only supports devices released up to the iOS 9-era. If your older device runs iOS 10.0-10.1.1, you may backup and sync your device; upgrading/restoring doesn't work. iOS 10.2 or later will not work with iTunes 12.1.3. QuickTime 7.7.9: Quicktime for Windows is no longer updated. This release is the last version for Windows Vista and later. Visit this page to download. Safari 5.1.7 : No longer updated on any version of Windows as of May 9, 2012. Download here. Final Apple Mac computers to support Vista under Boot Camp: iMac; all Late-2009 models Macbook Air; all Mid-2009 models (32-bit only) Macbook and Macbook Pro; all Mid-2010 models Mac Mini; Mid-2010 (This is the only Mac Mini to support Windows Vista 64-bit; earlier models are 32-bit only.) Mac Pro; Mid-2010 Music & video streaming software: Music streaming: Spotify (FREE, CS) Paid services are available. Video streaming: OBS Classic 0.659b (FREE, OS) Requires SP2. Download here. OBS Studio 18.0.2 (FREE, OS) Requires SP2. Download here. Versions of OBS Studio from 0.16.0 to 18.0.2 complain of several missing entry points when launching the program, but the errors may be simply closed and the program launches normally afterwards (functionality of the software otherwise has not been tested; some things may not work). OBS 19.x and beyond will not launch or function, despite Vista SP2 support being claimed on the OBS homepage. Adobe editing software (All CS6 apps are $$$, CS, UNS. For official support, use the CS5.5 suite instead.): Adobe After Effects CS6 Adobe Audition CS6 Adobe Photoshop CS6 Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Dreamweaver CS6 Extendscript Toolkit CC Fireworks CS6 Flash Professional CS6 InCopy CS6 InDesign CS6 Illustrator CS6 Lightroom 4 ($$$, CS) Multimedia editing software: ACDSee 17 ($$$, CS) ACDSee Pro 7 ($$$, CS) ACDSee Video Converter 4 ($$$, CS) ACDSee Video Studio v1.x ($$$, CS) Avid Pro Tools 10 ($$$, CS, UNS) While v9 is the last to support Vista, editing the MSI installer with Orca allows v10 to install. Later versions have not yet been tested. Click here for more details. *Avid Virtual Instruments 10 doesn't work. Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 ($$$, CS) Corel PaintShop Pro X7 ($$$, CS) Image Composite Editor 2.0.3 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Paint.NET 3.5.11 (FREE, CS) Picasa 3.9 Build 141.259 (FREE, CS) Sony Sound Forge 11.0.272 ($$$, CS) Sony Vegas Pro 12 ($$$, CS) 2D/3D Modeling Software (All $$$, 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. Autodesk 3dsmax 2012 Autodesk 3dsmax design 2012 Autodesk Maya 2012 Autodesk Mudbox 2012 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. 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 drivers: 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 drivers: The Intel Sandy Bridge platform is the last to fully support Vista. Ivy Bridge also supports Vista, with the right hardware. Check out my guide for more information. Ivy Bridge Intel HD Graphics drivers for Vista (HD 4000 desktop & mobile) • Ivy Bridge Chipset drivers for 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. I explained the problems with running Vista on Haswell (and later) in greater detail here. NVIDIA Graphics drivers: NVIDIA Display Driver version 365.19 (Vista 3D vision support was dropped around driver version 310.00). NVIDIA Display Driver version 372.70 (UNS) This driver enables support for the GTX 1060, 1070, and 1080 GPUs under Windows Vista. Download here. Games (Platform Update for Windows Vista is required for DirectX 11 support): Pre-Vista era (DX10/11 not utilized): Serious Sam 2 ($$$, CS) Star Wars Republic Commando ($$$, CS) Unofficially works on Vista (Vista is not a targeted platform): Doom 2016 ($$$, CS, UNS) Rocket League ($$$, CS, UNS) Sonic Mania ($$$, CS, UNS) Last official release to run on Vista (sequels do not support or work with Vista): Battlefield 4 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2 & Platform Update. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Killing Floor ($$$, CS) Last official release to run on Vista (sequels unlikely to support Vista, may not be accurate): Bioshock Infinite ($$$, CS) Chivalry Medieval Welfare ($$$, CS) Counter-Strike Global Offensive ($$$, CS) Don't Starve Together ($$$, CS) Dragon Ball Xenoverse ($$$, CS) 64-bit only. GTA V ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Just Cause 3 ($$$, CS) Left 4 Dead 2 ($$$, CS) One Late Night: Deadline ($$$, CS) Portal 2 ($$$, CS) Road Redemption ($$$, CS) Serious Sam 3 BFE ($$$, CS) Window management software: Aerosnap 0.61 Beta (FREE, CS) Somewhat buggy. To download, click here. AquaSnap 1.17.1 (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) To download, click one of the following: MSI File Portable Installation Taskbar Shuffle v2.5 (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Ultramon 3.3.0 ($$$, CS) To download trial version, click here. Desktop enhancement software: Classic Shell 3.6.8 (FREE, CS) Fences 2 ($$$, CS) Folder portals and pages functionality require Windows 7 or later. ObjectDock 2 ($$$, CS) Universal Theme Patcher (FREE, CS) Vista Visual Master (FREE, CS) Built in system components (Bundled with SP2+Platform Update, all FREE, CS): DirectX 11.0 Windows Installer 4.5 Windows Media Player 11.0.6002.18005 Windows Search 4.0 Additional Microsoft software/utilities: Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2013 Database Tool (FREE, CS) Download here. Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Exchange Server 2010 ($$$, CS) IntelliPoint 8.2 (FREE, CS) Download links: 32 bit 64 bit IntelliType Pro 8.2 (FREE, CS) Download links: 32 bit 64 bit Junk Mail Reporting Add-in for Microsoft Outlook (FREE, CS) Download links: Office 2003 x86, Office 2007+ x86, Office 2007+ x64 Lync 2010 ($$$, CS) Download links: x86 (trial) x64 (trial) Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote (FREE, CS) Requires Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2. Supports Microsoft OneNote 2010, as well as Word 2007 and Word 2010. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.0 (FREE, CS) Download here. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 (FREE, CS, UNS) Download here. Microsoft Windows Live Essentials 2011 (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Some components no longer work, such as Messenger and Mail. Office 2010 Filter Packs (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download, click here. Office File Validation Add-in for Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 and Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 (FREE, CS) Requires Office 2003 SP3 or Office 2007 SP2. For client Windows versions only (Server 2008 isn't supported). Download here. Outlook 2007/2003/2002 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup (FREE, CS) Requires Office XP, 2003, or 2007. Server 2008 is not supported. Download here. PowerPoint Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download, click here. Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 (FREE, CS) *For Windows Vista only, Server 2008 is not supported.* Requires at least Vista SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). Download links: Vista x86 Vista x64 Search Commands Add-In for Office 2007 and Office 2010 (FREE, CS) No longer being maintained, UNS on Server 2008. Download here. Search Server 2010 ($$$, CS) Requires Windows Server 2008 SP2. Windows Vista is not supported. A free version with reduced functionality is available for download here. SharePoint 2010 ($$$, CS) Speech Platform Runtime Languages 11 (FREE, CS) To download, click here. SQL Server 2012 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2 for Vista/2008. A free version with reduced functionality is available for download here. Visio Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 (FREE, CS) Windows Powershell 2.0 (FREE, CS) Download: Vista 32 bit Vista 64 bit Server 2008 32 bit Server 2008 64 bit Windows Powershell 3.0 (FREE, CS) Supports Windows Server 2008 SP2 ONLY. Windows Vista is not supported. To download, click here. Word Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Download here. Word Viewer 2010 will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates by November, 2017. XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack 1.2 (FREE, CS) Does not work on Server 2008. Click here to download. Software/Game Development: CryEngine V ($$$, OS) Requires SP2. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 ($$$, CS) Instant messaging: Yahoo! Messenger (FREE, CS) However, this release will no longer connect to the Yahoo servers. You can use the web version to communicate via Yahoo Messenger, though. Misc. Software utilities: DAEMON Tools Pro v7.0 ($$$, CS) Diskeeper 12 Pro ($$$, CS) HxD Hex Editor (FREE, CS) Hasn't been updated since 2009. Logitech Gaming Software 8.96.81 (FREE, CS, UNS) The last official version to support Vista was v8.81. However, later versions have continued to work fine with Vista, including this release (this is the latest version at the time of writing this). Network Monitor 3.4 (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download, click here. System Mechanic Classic v16.0.0.10 ($$$, CS) System Mechanic Professional Classic v15.5.0.61 ($$$, CS) Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility (FREE, CS) Download: (x86) (x64) WSUS Offline Update 10.9.2 (FREE, OS) Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Misc. Hardware utilities: Samsung Magician v4.9.7 (FREE, CS) Works with (supported) Samsung SSDs only. Windows Vista and Server 2008 do NOT support TRIM without third party software. Windows USB/DVD Download Tool (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Support ongoing (ONG section) (Valid as of September 2017): Antivirus/security software: Avast Free Antivirus (FREE, CS) E-mail registration required after 30 days. Avast Pro Antivirus ($$$, CS) Trial available. AVG Antivirus Free (FREE, CS) AVG Internet Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. Bullguard Antivirus ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. Bullguard Internet Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. Clamwin (FREE, CS) Comodo Free Antivirus (FREE, CS) Comodo Internet Security (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) eScan, all editions ($$$, CS) ESET File Security for Windows Server ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available; supports Windows Server 2008. Windows Vista isn't supported. ESET Internet Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. ESET NOD32 Antivirus ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. ESET Smart Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. G-Data Business Solutions ($$$, 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 ($$$, CS) Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Malwarebytes Free (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Malwarebytes Premium ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. *The anti-ransomware protection component is only available on Windows 7/2008 R2 or higher. Norton Security ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Panda Antivirus ($$$, CS) Sandboxie (FREE, CS) Support apparently ongoing; however, site lists both Windows XP and Windows Vista as "legacy operating systems," thus support may be terminated at any time. Sophos Endpoint Antivirus ($$$, CS) Sophos Server protection ($$$, CS) Spyware Blaster (FREE, CS) SuperAntiSpyware ($$$ & FREE, CS) Free version is for personal use only. Paid version requires an annual subscription. SystemShield AntiVirus ($$$, CS) SystemShield AntiSpyware ($$$, CS) Webroot, all editions ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Zonealarm Free firewall (FREE, CS) Web browsers: Firefox based: Cocoon (FREE, OS) Comodo IceDragon (FREE, OS) The future of Vista support is not yet known. Pale Moon (FREE, OS) Requires SP2 with the Platform Update and Platform Update Supplement for Windows Vista. The 64-bit version will not play videos properly in Windows Vista. To fix this, visit Options -> Content -> Video and make sure all 3 options under "Video" are checked. Tor Browser (FREE, OS) Chromium-based: UC Browser (FREE, CS) Support for Vista not likely to continue much longer, as the current version of the browser is based on the final version of Chromium compatible with Vista without rework (v50.0.2661.102). Independently-based (may share similarities with Firefox/Chrome): Conkeror (FREE, OS) Download here. Dooble (FREE, OS) K-Meleon (FREE, OS) Uses Gecko layout engine. Multi-engine supported browsers: Lunascape (FREE, CS) Supports IE7-9 (Trident), Gecko, and Webkit rendering engines. Maxthon (FREE, OS) Supports IE7-9 (Trident) and Webkit rendering engines, as of version 3.0. Web browser plugins: Adfender ($$$, CS) Requires SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). 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 may end soon, based on decisions made when Java stopped supporting Windows XP. Multimedia: Foobar2000 (FREE, CS) Media Player Classic (FREE, OS) Media Player Classic Black Edition (FREE, OS) Twitch Desktop App (FREE, CS) VLC Media Player (FREE, OS) Screen Recording & Capture software: Screen Recording: Bandicam ($$$, CS) Free version with reduced functionality is available. CamStudio (FREE, OS) Last updated in 2013, uncertain if or when a new update will be released and whether or not it will support Vista/2008. Fraps ($$$, CS) Last updated in 2013, uncertain if or when a new update will be released and whether or not it will support Vista/2008. Free version with reduced functionality is available. Screen Capture: Gyazo (FREE, CS) Lightshot (FREE, CS) ScreenToGif (FREE, OS) Video/photo editing tools: CardWorks Business Card Designer ($$$, CS) Disketch Disc Label Software ($$$, CS) DrawPad Graphic Editor ($$$, CS) GIMP (FREE, OS) IrfanView (FREE for non commercial use, CS) Lightworks ($$$ & FREE versions available, CS) PhotoPad ($$$, CS) PhotoStage ($$$, CS) Pixillion ($$$, CS) VideoPad Video Editor ($$$, CS) VSDC Free Video Converter (FREE, CS) VSDC Free Video Editor (FREE, CS) Audio creation/editing tools: Acoustica Mixcraft ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. Asset UPnP audio server ($$$ & FREE, CS) Free version has certain limitations. Click here for more details. Audacity (FREE, OS) Crescendo ($$$, CS) dBpoweramp: mp3 Converter ($$$, CS) FL Studio ($$$, CS) MixPad ($$$, CS) PerfectTUNES (FREE, CS) Registration required to unlock all features. Unregistered version has certain limitations. Click here for more details. PitchPerfect ($$$, CS) RecordPad ($$$, CS) SoundTap ($$$, CS) Switch ($$$, CS) Synthesia ($$$, CS) Voxal ($$$, CS) VRS Recording System ($$$, CS) WavePad ($$$, CS) Zulu ($$$, CS) Office suites: Ability Office & Ability Office Professional ($$$, CS) Apache OpenOffice (FREE, OS) Corel Office ($$$, CS) LibreOffice (FREE, OS) PDF viewers: Corel PDF Fusion ($$$, CS) 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 ($$$, CS, UNS, free trial available) Vista isn't listed in the system requirements, but the latest version still works under Vista as of January 2017. This could change at any time, though. Nitro PDF Reader (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Nitro PDF Pro ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Sumatra PDF (FREE, OS) Cloud storage clients: Dropbox (FREE, CS) Onedrive (FREE, CS) Requires SP2 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista/2008. Support for Windows Vista/2008 ends on Nov. 1, 2017. Remote desktop access: Team Viewer (FREE, CS) Free for personal use; business use requires purchase of license. Game distribution: Steam (FREE, CS) Console Emulators: Gamecube/Wii Emulators: Dolphin (FREE, OS, UNS) 64-bit only. Requires SP2 and Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 (2017 required for latest Development releases). Platform Update is required for proper Direct3D support. PS2 Emulators: PCSX2 (FREE, OS) Optical disc media management software: Alcohol 120% ($$$, CS) AnyDVD HD ($$$, CS) dBpoweramp: CD Ripper ($$$, CS) DVDFab ($$$, CS) Express Burn ($$$, CS) Express Rip ($$$, CS) Golden Records ($$$, CS) IMGBurn (FREE, CS) MagicDisc (FREE, CS) MagicISO ($$$, CS) Roxio Creator NXT 3 ($$$, CS) UltraISO ($$$, CS) WinCDEmu (FREE, CS) Google Software: Google Earth (FREE, CS) 2D/3D Modeling software: Blender (FREE, OS) DreamPlan Home Design software ($$$, CS) MeshMagic ($$$, CS) Spin 3D Mesh Converter Software (FREE, CS) FTP clients: CuteFTP (FREE, CS) CyberDuck (FREE, OS) FileZilla (FREE, OS) Fling FTP ($$$, CS) FTP Voyager (FREE, CS) SmartFTP ($$$, CS) Total Commander (FREE, CS) WinSCP (FREE, OS) VPN Clients: HideMe VPN (FREE, CS) Logmein Hamachi (FREE, CS) TorGuard VPN (FREE, CS) Tunngle (FREE, CS) TunnelBear ($$$, CS) Instant messaging/internet communication: If you want to use Discord, you must use the web version. Desktop application doesn't work. TeamSpeak (FREE, CS) Telegram Desktop (FREE, OS) Trillian (FREE, CS) Skype (FREE, CS) Blogging: Open Live Writer (FREE, OS) File management: 7zip (FREE, OS) Doxillion File Converter ($$$, CS) Universal Extractor (FREE, OS) WinRAR ($$$, CS- Trial available) WinZip ($$$, CS) WinZip Command Line (FREE, CS) WinZip Courier ($$$, CS) WinZip Self-Extractor ($$$, CS) 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) GPU-Z (FREE, CS) HWMonitor (FREE, CS) Piriform Speccy (FREE, CS) SpeedFan (FREE, CS) Invoicing, finance, and business management: ClickCharts Diagram & Flowchart ($$$, CS) Copper Point of Sales ($$$, CS) Express Accounts ($$$, CS) Express Invoice ($$$, CS) FlexiServer Productivity & Attendance ($$$, CS) Inventoria Inventory ($$$, CS) MoneyLine Personal Finance ($$$, CS) Reflect CRM Customer Database ($$$, CS) Speech Recognition software: Express Dictate Digital Dictation Software ($$$, CS) Hard drive utilities: AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite (FREE, CS) Supports both client & Server Windows versions (Windows 2000 and up). AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional ($$$, CS) For client versions of Windows (such as Vista) only. Windows Server operating systems (such as Server 2008) aren't supported. AOMEI Partition Assistant - Server & Unlimited editions ($$$, CS) Supports both client & Server Windows versions (Windows 2000 and up). AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard (FREE, CS) For client versions of Windows (such as Vista) only. Windows Server operating systems (such as Server 2008) aren't supported. Diskeeper 16 Home Edition ($$$, CS) IOLO DriveScrubber ($$$, CS) SSD Tweaker; all editions ($$$ & FREE editions available, CS) Benchmarking and system stress-testing software: AIDA64, all editions ($$$, CS) Passmark PerformanceTest ($$$, CS) 30 day evaluation available. Prime95 (FREE, CS) System management, cleanup, and analysis: Belarc Advisor (FREE, CS) BleachBit (FREE, OS) Comodo Cleaning Essentials (FREE, CS) IOLO Search and Recover ($$$, CS) IOLO System Mechanic Business ($$$, CS) Orion File Recovery ($$$, CS) Piriform CCleaner (FREE, CS) SpeedTest App (FREE, CS, UNS) Requires Windows 7 or later but unofficially works on Windows Vista. As such, compatibility with Vista could break at any time. Microsoft software: Microsoft Silverlight (FREE, CS) Microsoft Visual c++ Redistributable for Visual Studio (FREE, CS) System File Editors/viewers: Notepad++ (FREE, OS) Resource Hacker (FREE, CS)
  3. I have designed multiple virtual folders (saved searches) based on the latest versions available in pre-release, post-reset builds of Windows Vista for distribution and use by users of the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of the operating system. I am also sharing most of the virtual folders included in Windows Vista RTM—as they are fundamentally similar to those introduced later in development—to complete the collection of post-reset virtual folders, which can benefit users who no longer have these in a Windows Vista installation or who use a more recent version of Windows (where they are absent); the RTM virtual folders have not been modified. For those unfamiliar, virtual folders "expose regular files and folders to users in different views based on their metadata instead of the actual physical underlying file system structure on the disk." All of the virtual folders listed below that pertain to documents, music, and pictures and videos (excluding Events and Favorite Music) are based on those that are included in Windows Vista build 5231.winmain idx03.051004-2120—the last build known to include them after Microsoft transitioned to a single Library virtual folder and its subqueries for similar functionality in build 5219.0.winmain_idx02.050830-2010 (on the subject of Library, it and the similar User's Files virtual folder are not being included as they have been effectively superseded by the RTM version of the Indexed Locations virtual folder). Virtual folders that pertain to e-mail messages (excluding Attachments) are based on those included in Windows Vista build 5461.vbl_media_ehome.0606221-1930—the last build known to include them; however, the Sent E-mail virtual folder is based on the version included in build 5342.2.winmain_idx04.060321-1730, which is the last build known to include it. Events is based on the version in 5048.winmain idx02.050401-0536; Favorite Music is based on the version included in Windows Vista build 5461.vbl_media_ehome.0606221-1930; and Attachments is based on the version in 5384.4.winmain_beta2.060518-1455, which is the last known version to search for items that are attachments. The virtual folders included in the RTM version of Windows Vista are Recent Documents, Recent E-mail, Recent Music, Recent Pictures and Videos, Recently Changed, and Shared By Me. All of these virtual folders (excluding Recently Changed) were first seen in Windows Vista build 5308.winmain_idx01.060202-1920 under their preliminary names: Last 30 Days Documents, Last 7 Days E-mail, Fresh Tracks, Last 30 Days Pictures and Videos, and Shared by Me. Recently Changed debuted in 5355.vbl_media.060329-2048. Build 5355.vbl_media.060329-2048 is also known to have introduced the notion of using indexed locations in the search scope rather than individual folders. I have tried to remain as authentic to the original pre-release versions of the virtual folders as possible; however, some modifications that do not depart from the scope of the pre-release versions have been deemed necessary. To clarify, the new virtual folders are similar to the original versions in that they all: Aggregate and display their items in an identical manner (e.g., virtual folders that originally stacked items continue to stack them) as pre-release builds. Virtual folders that stack items over properties, for instance, will continue to display stack icons at a size of 128px. Include visible column headers—displayed in an identical arrangement—as those included in post-reset builds. The modifications to all of the new virtual folders include: All new virtual folders display a Folder (i.e., Item Folder Path Display Narrow) column header, which allows users to filter, group, or sort items and view them based on their underlying locations, which is useful as Windows Vista RTM does not allow one to perform drag-and-drop operations or item save operations on virtual folders like earlier pre-release builds did. While not a modification in and of itself, the new versions of virtual folders display shortcuts to relevant content (e.g., shortcuts to documents in All Documents) in search results—unlike earlier pre-release builds—which is the default design of search in Windows Vista RTM. I chose not to omit shortcuts from search results not only because it is the default design, but also because it can be advantageous in that shortcuts can reference items present in other locations that are not indexed. Individual changes to 5048.winmain idx02.050401-0536 virtual folders: Events originally displayed visible columns for the Name (i.e., Item Name Display), Keywords, Title, Date Taken, Event, and Location properties and also displayed optional columns for Camera Model, Dimensions, People, Bit Depth, Date Imported, Size, Date Modified, Date Created, and Date Accessed properties. The arrangement of these columns has been changed to be consistent with virtual folders from 5231.0.winmain.050912-2020 related to pictures. Location and People have no equivalent properties in Windows Vista RTM; therefore, they are excluded from the version of the Events virtual folder that is available for download. Individual changes to 5231.0.winmain.050912-2020 virtual folders: All new virtual folders aggregate content from indexed locations rather than specific directories (e.g., All Documents now searches indexed locations instead of Desktop, Documents, and Public Documents). Similarly, virtual folders for associated metadata properties (e.g., Albums) now search indexed locations instead of the Saved Searches directory. The original virtual folders in build 5231.0.winmain.050912-2020 searched for items based on Known Folder GUIDs; the new versions search for items based on the Indexed Locations Known Search GUID, which allows items present in locations other than the original few locations, as well as shared items and Offline Files (client-side cache), to be displayed among search results. Most important is that the use of GUIDs instead of absolute paths allows virtual folders to be used by (and shared with) a user who is not their original author. All of the virtual folders related to documents, music, and pictures and videos include (through frequentlyUsedColumns child elements) the optional column headers that should be displayed in File Explorer (as per those in pre-release versions). In All Documents, for instance, this means that the Size, Title, Comment, Category, Subject, and Rating properties will be displayed within the context menu when one clicks a column header or the column header area with the secondary mouse button. Without frequentlyUsedColumn child elements the optional properties available in pre-release builds would not be displayed. Virtual folders that stack items over properties automatically display the File Count property in this context menu. All of the virtual folders related to music files include optional columns for the Encoding Bit Rate property and the Size property, which are optional properties from Favorite Music in 5461.vbl_media_ehome.0606221-1930. All Documents, All Pictures and Videos, All Videos, and Events sort by the Item Name Display property in an ascending direction rather than their Date Modified or Date Taken properties in a descending direction; the reason for this change is that Recent Documents and Recent Pictures and Videos in Windows Vista RTM already sort by Date Modified and Date Acquired, respectively. All Music and Favorite Music sort by the Item Name Display property in an ascending direction rather than by the Title property used by previous versions, which allows them to properly display items that do not include a title. All Pictures and Videos, Date Taken, Picture and Video Keywords, and Picture and Video Ratings include a column header for the Kind property so that users can easily filter between pictures and videos. Date Taken stacks pictures and videos at a size of 128px instead of 96px as in the original version, which makes its icon size consistent with other virtual folders that stack items. Document Ratings omits extraneous frequentlyUsedColumns and columnChooserColumns child elements related to music items that were present in the original version (as a result the Rating column header is no longer displayed by default). The inclusion of these child elements in the original version was an oversight during the development of Windows Vista and their omission from the new version does not affect any aspect of the search experience. Documents Shared By Me now displays a column header for the Shared With property that, although was designated as the column by which one sorted, was absent from view (and not even an optional column) in the original version. The file names of several virtual folders have been changed from their original versions to avoid potentially confusing user scenarios. Document Keywords was originally named Keywords; Document Ratings was originally named DocRating; Document Types was originally named Types; Picture and Video Keywords was originally named PictureKeywords; Picture and Video Ratings was originally named PictureRating; and Music Ratings was originally named Rating. For consistency, Date Taken has been renamed as Dates Taken, and Genre has been renamed as Genres. These changes do not affect the search experience, but are nevertheless worth documenting for users interested in pre-release information. Individual changes to 5342.2.winmain_idx04.060321-1730 virtual folders: Sent E-mail includes column headers for From names, Has attachments, To names, and Size properties that were not included in the original version to make it equal with the most recent versions of Important E-mail and Unread E-mail. Sent E-mail now displays all e-mail messages regardless of when they were sent; the new version will even display e-mail messages sent after the relative date today which, while typically a nonfunctional query condition, is useful for those who, for example, change the BIOS date to a time in the past to test pre-release operating systems and then need to access a correspondence sent to another person at a later time. The new design ensures that all sent e-mail messages are always displayed by the virtual folder, which makes it equal with Attachments, Important E-mail, and Unread E-mail, as these all display items from any time. Individual changes to 5384.4.winmain_beta2.060518-1455 virtual folders: Attachments displays a column header for the Item Participants property, which allows users to filter, group, sort, and view a list of an attachment's participants (e.g., the person(s) to whom the attachment was sent). Individual changes to 5461.vbl_media_ehome.0606221-1930 virtual folders: Favorite Music originally displayed visible columns for Name, Artist, Album Title, Folder, Genre, and Rating properties, as well as optional columns for Title, Year, Album Artist, Encoding Bit Rate, Length, Protected, and Size properties. The arrangement of these columns has changed to be consistent with the other music virtual folders included in build 5231.0.winmain.050912-2020 (the versions of Favorite Music in 5231.0.winmain.050912-2020 and 5461.vbl_media_ehome.0606221-1930 are otherwise similar). While all of the virtual folders listed below are intended for Windows Vista, cursory tests suggest that they (excluding Documents Shared By Me and Shared By Me) should function in later versions of Windows. However, there is an issue in at least Windows 7 that renders only the virtual folders which stack items inoperable if the user attempts to group items that are already stacked. To resolve the issue, one can simply open a virtual folder that does not stack items—and ungroup its contents if they are grouped—and subsequently open a virtual folder that does stack items or, in most cases, one can resolve the issue by restarting only the Windows Explorer process. Regardless of which version of Windows you use, if you decide to use the virtual folders that pertain to e-mail messages you must have an e-mail client that exposes its contents as shell items to see items stored by that e-mail client. Microsoft Outlook 2010 is the last version of Outlook to include this capability as its successor, Outlook 2013, removes it. Moreover, Windows 8 and onward reportedly do not display search results related to e-mail messages regardless of which version of Outlook is in use. Names of virtual folders are displayed under their categories alongside their descriptions (preliminary names of each virtual folder are included in parentheses). To download the virtual folders listed below in a compressed ZIP folder, click here. Documents All Documents — Documents in indexed locations arranged by their names in an ascending direction Authors — Documents stacked by their associated authors Document Ratings — Documents stacked by their associated ratings Document Keywords — Documents stacked by their associated keywords Document Types — Documents stacked by their types (e.g., Microsoft Word Document) Documents Shared By Me — Documents shared by the current user arranged by the users with whom they are shared in a descending direction E-mail Attachments (All Attachments as per the Windows Vista Product Guide) — All items that are attachments, arranged by the dates they were modified in a descending direction Important E-mail — All messages of High (i.e., level 5) importance arranged by the dates they were received in a descending direction Sent E-mail — All sent messages arranged by the dates they were sent in a descending direction Unread E-mail — All unread messages arranged by the dates they were received in a descending direction Music Albums — Music tracks stacked by their associated albums All Music — Music tracks in indexed locations arranged by their names in an ascending direction Artists — Music tracks stacked by their associated artists Favorite Music — Music tracks rated 3 stars or more arranged by their names in an ascending direction Genres — Music tracks stacked by their associated genres Music Ratings — Music tracks stacked by their associated ratings Pictures and Videos All Pictures and Videos — Pictures and videos in indexed locations arranged by their names in an ascending direction All Videos — Videos in indexed locations arranged by their names in an ascending direction Dates Taken — Pictures and videos stacked by the dates they were taken Events — Pictures stacked by their associated events arranged by the dates they were taken in a descending direction Picture and Video Keywords — Pictures and videos stacked by their associated keywords Picture and Video Ratings — Pictures and videos stacked by their associated ratings RTM Recent Documents (Last 30 Days Documents) — Documents that have been modified within the last 30 days arranged by the dates they were modified in a descending direction Recent E-mail (Last 7 Days E-mail) — Messages received within the last 7 days arranged by the dates they were received in a descending direction Recent Pictures and Videos (Last 30 Days Pictures and Videos) — Pictures and videos acquired within the last 30 days arranged by the dates they were acquired in a descending direction Recent Music (Fresh Tracks) — Music tracks that have been modified (e.g., ripped from optical media) since the relative date last week arranged by the dates they were modified in a descending direction Recently Changed — Documents, journals, movies, music tracks, notes, pictures, and videos modified within the last 30 days arranged by the dates they were modified in a descending direction Shared By Me — Folders and items stored in the current user's profile and the Public directory that are shared by the current user arranged by the users with whom they are shared in a descending direction
  4. Hi fellas, im posting here just in case someone knows a quick fix for these issues,the issue is that Palemoon and Logitech Gaming Software both when opened on vista instantly crashes,ive tried installing microsoft runtimes and other things hoping they would run but they dont,any idea what i can do? My System Nvidia GTX 1060 Intel Core i7 6700HQ(Skylake) Vista Ultimate x64 SP2 1TB HDD and 12GB Ram Software Logitech Gaming Software: 8.92.67/8.81.15/8.81.19/8.90.117 (tried many) Palemoon Browser : 27.3.0 I have all windows updates installed. Installed .Net Framework 4.6.1 and Runtimes 2010/2013/2015(All available) Any Help Appreciated
  5. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC in Vista

    I hope it's okay to post about (yet another) compatibility issue with Vista! Some of you may know already, but the latest version of Adobe Reader (Acrobat DC) only supports Windows 7 and later. However, I extracted the installer and got an MSI out of it. I edited the MSI with Orca and removed the NT 6.1 restriction, and it installed without errors. However, getting it to run is a different story. Judging by the error message attached, it appears that there's a missing call in USER32.dll called GetTouchInputInfo. I don't know if it can be stubbed or not, and I lack the necessary skills to do it myself. Would anyone here be interested in stubbing this call (or even finding out if it can be done)? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  6. I'm looking for a USB-powered touchscreen monitor that will fit within the $100 to $200 budget this Christmas so that I can use it as a second monitor. Can you try to find me a good product that will still provide driver support under Windows Vista 64-bit? I know that touchscreen support was not introduced until the release of Windows 7 in late 2009. However, a handful of vendors did provide touchscreen driver support for Windows XP and even Windows Vista. If I can't find one, I could end up sticking with a USB-powered monitor.
  7. Hello everyone. I noticed that some Vista users on here along with a friend of mine were experiencing a strange bug with Windows Vista's explorer view settings. Well after failing for months now to experience the issue for myself, it finally happened. However, I found a fix and want to share it in hopes that it will help someone else. Basically, the explorer view settings would be shared among different folders and view settings would be forgotten. If I chose to show the Music sort headers in the Music folder, my personal user folder would also change to the Music headers, and if I changed those settings within the personal folder, they would also affect my Music folder. Changing icon view settings in either folder would also affect the other one. Other folders would also not remember their settings, for example, grouping by type would simply revert to the default details view upon closing and reopening the folder. Here is a link to the fix (guide not made by me, I take no credit for it): http://www.geekscribes.net/blog/2011/06/05/solved-windows-doesnt-remember-folder-view-settings/ It seems to also affect Windows 7 given that the guide also mentions that OS, but seems to be either more prevalent in Vista or it may be that I don't use Windows 7 as much. Anyway, I hope this helps some of you who have been experiencing the issue with Vista and maybe Windows 7 too. I would also like to mention that turning off automatic folder type detection did not fix the issue for me, so I don't recommend trying that. -2008WindowsVista
  8. Why Windows Vista doesn't suck

    Why Windows Vista isn't bad Windows Vista: it's the OS everyone loves to hate. Still today, several years later, I see it being criticized for having high system requirements and being a memory hog. But is it really that bad? I think not. In this article I am going to explain why I believe Windows Vista deserves more respect and really isn't bad, and hopefully convince some of you XP and Windows 7 fans that Vista is a very viable OS, especially by today's standards. So let's begin. Windows Vista, when released, introduced a completely different and totally new kernel and driver model than that of its predecessor, Windows XP. Introducing a new kernel caused compatibility issues with legacy applications, and an entire new driver model caused a number of driver compatibility problems. I'll admit, Windows Vista truly wasn't ready when it was released in its RTM version, as it still caused heavy disk I/O which drastically decreased the life of hard drives and degraded performance. There were also issues with OEMs, that hadn't yet released drivers for Vista or released drivers that didn't work well with the new driver model, and OEMs forced Vista onto hardware that barely met the system requirements for Windows Vista. They also stuffed it full of OEM bloatware which caused it to be even slower for users. However, in this article I'm going to explain how those problems were fixed and are now non-existent in Windows Vista. The Rise of Vista: Service Pack 1 released In 2008 with the release of Vista SP1, tons of issues were resolved, and speed was greatly improved. Some improvements made in Service Pack 1 were: Faster copy times, heavy disk activity was toned down dramatically, and tons of apps and drivers had finally caught up with Vista, but there were still some issues. Vista, even with SP1, was still lackluster and needed some work, to hopefully get people off Windows XP for good. There was still the slow boot up and shut down time, as well as a few instability issues. But soon, Microsoft was going to fix that in its next Service Pack for Windows Vista. Vista at its peak: Service Pack 2 released With the release of Service Pack 2 in April 2009, Vista was finally what I would call ready, and Microsoft had managed to finally advance the OS far ahead of Windows XP. Improvements in Service Pack 2 were: even faster file copy times, boot up time improved dramatically, stability greatly improved, memory (RAM) usage was toned down, UAC was refined to be less annoying (while keeping the OS secure), and support for newer types of hardware was added, including support for blue-ray discs. At this stage, Windows Vista was, in my opinion, a worthy successor to Windows XP, and was almost perfect. However, the hate still raged on in most people's minds. Why people still hate Windows Vista Vista is still hated by the majority today, and I believe I know why. Early adopters that tried Vista didn't give it a second chance. They tried it once, either hated it or loved it, and never looked back at it again. So they just hopped back to the trusty old Windows XP and waited for the next version of Windows to arrive, that being Windows 7. Despite service packs improving the OS, people still didn't give Vista another chance, and forever concluded in their minds that it was a failure. I've also had people tell me that they hate Vista because they "heard bad things about it". And a lot of people just jumped on the Vista hating bandwagon without even trying it, which in my opinion, isn't a smart thing to do. Why Windows Vista deserves more respect Windows Vista introduced many new technologies that are critical to Windows 7's existence. Some people may not realize this, but Windows Vista was critical to Windows 7's success. Had Windows 7 in its form today been released instead of Vista, Windows 7 would've received criticism for the same reasons as Windows Vista. It also had high system requirements (identical to Windows Vista's in fact) compared with XP, and it retained a similar kernel (only slightly refined from Vista) and an almost identical driver model introduced by Windows Vista, which makes it a complete departure from Windows XP as well. Compatibility issues would've existed, and Windows 7 would've been installed on underpowered hardware, just as Vista was, and users would've complained about slowness, and jumped back to XP, just as they did with Vista; which is why I believe Vista deserves more respect. Why Windows Vista is much better than Windows XP Some people might have trouble swallowing this, but Windows Vista truly is a large step up from Windows XP, in many ways. One large criticism of Windows XP was security, and despite Microsoft improving the security by releasing Service Pack 2 for XP in 2004, Vista really abolished that problem at a much higher level. With a stronger Windows Firewall and User Account Control that was refined over time to be less annoying with updates, Windows Vista is much more secure than Windows XP. Windows Vista is also better optimized for modern hardware, and takes better advantage of multi-core processors than Windows XP, and has a full-fledged 64 bit version. XP had a 64 bit version, but it was based on its server counterpart, Windows Server 2003, which caused compatibility issues and was not widely adopted. Windows Vista also has more secure networking, and with Service Pack 1, tests showed Windows Vista outperformed Windows XP in the file copying area, just as Microsoft had claimed to improve with the update. Windows Vista also introduced DirectX 10, which delivered much richer gaming graphics and better performance than DirectX 9.0c which was the last version available for Windows XP. Windows Vista also introduced support for USB 3.0, which was much faster and more efficient than USB 2.0 that was available on Windows XP. Although, most USB 3.0 devices will still work—in a technical sense—with Windows XP because they’re backward-compatible. However, they will fall back to USB 2.0 compatibility and transfer data at about one-tenth of the potential speed of USB 3.0. Also, Windows Vista introduced a much faster, more efficient, and more convenient search. Open any explorer window or open the start menu in Vista, and there's most likely search present there. In Windows XP, all you have out of the box is the classic search from previous versions of Windows. And although it works, it's still not as convenient or as efficient as it is in Windows Vista, because you only have it all in one place, rather than throughout the system like in Windows Vista. Although it really wasn't necessary, Windows Vista introduced a very elegant desktop composition engine known as Windows Aero, which looked, to me anyways, much more appealing than the Luna interface that was in Windows XP. And it was refined to be less resource intensive with Service Pack 2. Windows Vista: a viable choice for many, even today Windows Vista was truly ahead of its time, and by today's standards, it still pretty much meets everything most people would want from an operating system. It's very similar to Windows 7. It works well on modern hardware, as it's optimized for multi-core processors, and works with most of the latest third party software. And it also supports 64 bit computing very well, just as well as Windows 7 in fact. And much better than Windows XP did. I'm not saying we should all just switch to Windows Vista, but if you're still using Windows XP, upgrading to Vista with Service Pack 2 wouldn't at all be a bad idea if your hardware can handle it. Conclusion Well I'll leave you with this, and I hope I helped some of you realize why Windows Vista was really a misunderstood operating system. Today, Windows Vista is much better than it was in its infancy, and is no longer "crap" like people have claimed that it is. As long as you run it on compatible hardware and keep it up to date, it will run just fine. In fact, I use Vista (or server 2008 as a workstation rather, the same as vista pretty much) as my main OS, and it runs just fine. And I don't understand that if someone that likes Windows 7 tried Vista today with Service Pack 2 installed on modern hardware, how they could still hate it- but that's just my take on this. If you know why please explain. Thanks very much for reading! -2008WindowsVista
  9. Hello, I have a desktop that has Windows 7 and Windows XP installed on separate hard drives. Hard drive 1 contains Windows 7, and that's what the computer boots each time. Hard drive 2 has XP, but the only way I'm able to boot into XP is to disable hard drive 1 in the BIOS. I'd like to be able to add XP into Windows 7's boot menu so I can select which OS to boot when the computer starts up. I tried running these commands (from Windows 7): bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=F: path \ntldrbcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlastI rebooted, but whenever I tried selecting "Windows XP" from the boot menu, the computer just restarts. How do I configure this correctly? I am aware of third-party tools like EasyBCD, but I'm looking for a way to do this using bcdedit on the command-line. Another thing to note is that XP labels its partition (hard drive 2) as C:, but Windows 7 labels hard drive 2 as F: (which is why I specified partition=F). Do I have to do anything extra to make sure that when XP boots, it correctly identifies its own partition as C: and not F:?
  10. Hey everyone. I am wanting to dualboot Windows Vista Ultimate x64 with Windows XP x64 (or possibly Windows Server 2003), with Windows Vista already installed first. I was wondering if there was anyway to do this without corrupting Windows VIsta's bootloader, as I've heard that installing XP alongside Vista (with Vista installed first) will result in Vista's bootloader being corrupted. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  11. I have a problem here. When I try to run the 64-bit version of a application such as Stella 4.0 that was built with the 64-bit version of Visual Studio 2013, the application crashes. The problem details are as follows: Other applications built using the 64-bit version of Visual Studio 2013 such as Media Player Classic do work under Vista x64. Is there a way to fix or debug this issue? I know that this issue might have been resolved under Windows 7 SP1, but what about Windows Vista SP2 users?
  12. Hey there! :wave: Incase you haven't already noticed, I won the unused retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate DVD as a Christmas present and now I'm planning to abandon Windows 2000 and migrate to the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard soon. Once the new computer has been built, it will have 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and can max out at 32 GB. However, looking at the contents of the 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs, I found that the date stamp on the files is 2006-11-02 12:00:00, meaning that it is the original release of Windows Vista (with no service packs installed). If I want to install Windows Vista on the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard, how can I do it with 8 GB of memory installed? Would I have to: 1. Downgrade the RAM to 2 GB and install Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit? 2. Slipstream Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 64-bit? I looked on this website regarding the instructions on slipstreaming Vista SP2 on a new computer, you can view it here: http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/230249-sliptream-vista-sp2.html However, I'm a bit confused about all of this... I have concerns that I will most likely get hit with a STOP 0x0A error when attempting to install Windows Vista with more than 3 GB of memory. Does anyone have any ideas how to get around this? If so, please post your thoughts. I would like to hear it.
  13. You know, Windows 2000 has been my favourite OS for nearly the last four years; however, I've been starting to experience some issues with the OS even though it's working "as-is". And now, I can't run *some* of the software that is designed to work on at least a Core 2 Duo processor or better and I found that I've been plagued with some of the compatibility issues over software designed to only work on Windows XP or Vista. With that said, I'm considering moving back to Windows Vista for a while even though the OS is no longer sold and out of Mainstream Support. I found full retail versions (not the OEM or upgrade versions) of Windows Vista Ultimate for under $100 on eBay and Amazon. But this is where I will need your help as I will end up with a semi-new custom build computer. Can you find me a white coloured full tower case and a good motherboard that is still Windows Vista capable, supports at least one IDE connector (if necessary) and supports up to either 16 GB or as much as 32 GB of memory and a graphics card that works on Windows Vista? I will eventually want to migrate my PCI network card and my PCI PCMCIA card over to the newer motherboard as well as long as it still has PCI support. What I find unfortunate is that newer motherboards and graphics cards have even dropped Windows XP and Vista support, I will still have some time left before all support for Vista ends. The biggest problem is budget and funding issues. If I find that I don't have that kind of money to migrate back to Vista, I may have to scrap this idea. Please post your thoughts of which motherboard is good enough to run Vista on and let me know before the consideration becomes a plan.