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Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

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Since there's a list like this for Windows 98 and 2000 already, I felt it would be appropriate to create one for Windows Vista as well as it approaches the EOL date and many popular programs continue to drop support for it. This list will be updated as often as possible as more applications drop support. If you use a piece of software that either continues to support Vista or stopped supporting Vista at a specific version and it isn't listed here, feel free to comment your application(s) and it will be added to the appropriate section in the list as soon as possible.
If an application has dropped support for Vista and it is still in the ongoing support section, please notify me of this (along with the last working version, if possible) as soon as possible, and it will be placed into the appropriate section on the list. I will try my best to make these situations rare, but they may still pop up from time to time if I either miss something or am unable to update the list for a period of time.
Despite continuing to receive security updates for 3 additional years compared to Vista, general software compatibility for Windows Server 2008 (ORIGINAL RELEASE ONLY, NOT R2) is nearly identical to Vista, since the OS itself is essentially the same as Vista, so most of the information listed here (in regards to software compatibility) is also applicable to Windows Server 2008. In the rare event that Server 2008 is supported and not Vista, or vice versa, this will be specified next to the software entry itself. 


The information listed here is subject to change at any time, so while something might be supporting Vista when you view the list, it could very well stop supporting it the day after, so bookmarking the list and checking back every so often is encouraged if you make use of this list, whether you're a Windows Vista/Server 2008 system admin or enthusiast.

Windows Vista SP2 end of life date: April 11, 2017 | Windows Server 2008 SP2 end of life date: January 14, 2020

Download Service Pack 1 update: Vista 32 bit   Vista 64 bit

Download Service Pack 2 update: Vista/2008 32 bit   Vista/2008 64 bit

Download Platform Update: Vista 32 bit  Vista 64 bit  Server 2008 32 bit  Server 2008 64 bit    

*If your system has no service packs installed, SP1 must be installed before installing SP2, as SP2 is not cumulative, meaning that it only includes updates released since SP1, not before SP1. If you're running Windows Server 2008, SP1 is not needed as Server 2008 was released in conjunction with SP1, so Microsoft already included the update in all Server 2008 installation media sold since release.

Key:
| $$$= Paid software | FREE= Non-paid software | CS= Closed Source | OS= Open Source | UNS=Unsupported, but still works |

Web Browsers:

Windows Internet Explorer 9 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. IE9 on Windows Vista will continue to receive security updates via Windows Update until April 11, 2017. IE9 for Server 2008 will continue to receive security updates until January 14, 2020. To download, click here. If the former link doesn't work, click here to download instead (this is an archive of both the x86 and x64 installers of IE9 for Windows Vista, archived by myself in March 2017, just in case Microsoft decides to remove the IE9 installer for Vista from their site like they've been known to do with things like this in the past, such as IE8 for Windows XP. en-US only, sorry).

Opera 36 (FREE, OS) Will continue to receive security updates, although no new features will be added. To download the latest version, click on this link and then click on the most recent entry in the list.

Google Chrome 49.0.2623.112 m (FREE, OS) To download, click here (link provided by Slimjet.com)

Vivaldi 1.0 stable (FREE, OS) To download, click here (link provided by Vivaldi.com)

Slimjet 10.x (FREE, OS, Chromium 50.x based) Will continue to receive security updates. Best option for Chrome/Chromium users. This branch is reserved for XP and Vista, since Slimjet 11 has issues with XP and it was unreasonable to maintain a separate branch just for Vista. To download, click here.

Slimjet 11.0.8 (FREE, OS, Chromium 51.x based) No more security updates. Using Slimjet 10 instead is advised. Functionality wise, the browser has no reported issues with Vista. Download here.

Slimjet 12.0.15.0 (FREE, OS, UNS, Chromium 53.x based) No more security updates. Has some minor font spacing issues. Using Slimjet 10 instead is advised. Download here. Slimjet 13 and later don't work.

Firefox 52.x ESR (FREE, OS) This release is set to receive security updates until late September 2017, but according to a developer, this date may be extended if the number of users still on XP and Vista justify it. 64 bit builds of Firefox never have and still don't support XP or Vista. Download here (choose your language/country from the listing, and you should then be directed to a page to download the appropriate installer).

 

Antivirus:

Avira 2013, all editions ($$$, CS) No longer supports Windows Vista as of April 10, 2013. Windows Server operating systems aren't supported.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 ($$$, CS) 

Emsisoft version 10 ($$$, CS) No longer receives database updates as of April 2016.

FortiClient 5.2.4 ($$$, CS)

G Data Home Security Suite (Antivirus/Internet Security/Total Security, $$$, CS) Last official versions of these pieces of software to support Vista is uncertain, but are estimated to have stopped supporting Vista sometime in 2016. G-Data Business solution products still support Vista SP1+.

McAfee 2015 product suite ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended.

Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10.209.0 (FREE, CS) Will continue to receive definition updates for a limited time. An official end date for this has not yet been specified by Microsoft.

Spybot version 2.4 Free Edition (FREE, CS) Download here.

 

PDF viewers:

Adobe Acrobat Reader X (FREE, CS)

Adobe Reader XI (FREE, CS, UNS on Vista, Server 2008 is supported. Auto-updating doesn't work under Vista.)

Adobe Reader DC version 2015.007.20033 (FREE, CS, UNS) This version of Reader can be installed by downloading this installer and using MSFN user Smeezekitty's wrappers, however there are some bugs but it is mostly functional. View this thread for more details. Currently, later versions will not work due to missing calls that Smeezekitty has yet to create wrappers for, if he ever does. You'll also need to follow this guide to disable automatic updates to prevent it from automatically updating to the latest version of Reader DC and breaking compatibility with Vista.

 

Office Suites (all $$$, CS):

Microsoft Office 2007 SP3 (will continue to be updated until October 10, 2017.)

Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 (will continue to be updated until October 13, 2020.) 

 

Virtualization Software:

VMware Workstation 10.0.7 ($$$, CS)

VMware Player 6.0.7 (FREE, CS)

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (FREE, CS) Officially supported on Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate, and all editions of Server 2003 and 2008. Starter and Home versions of XP and Vista are not supported, but the software can still be installed on these operating systems.

 

Apple software (all FREE, CS):

iTunes 12.1.3.6 (This version of iTunes will support iOS devices released up to the iOS 9 era, excluding the iPad Pro 9.7 inch and iPhone SE.) 
On 64 bit versions of Windows Vista, 12.x versions of iTunes will not run. You'll get a "Stopped working" error when trying to launch the program. Using the iTunes for older video cards installer fixes this issue. However, starting with version 11.2, you'll get Data Execution Prevention errors when closing iTunes. There seems to be no way around this currently. The last version to exclude this issue is iTunes 11.1.15.
If you own a newer iDevice supported by iTunes 12.1.3 that still runs iOS 9, but your PC still runs XP/Vista and you require connectivity between your iDevice and PC using iTunes, refrain from updating your iDevice to iOS 10 unless you upgrade your PC to Windows 7 or later, as it doesn't appear that Apple is going to update iTunes for XP and Vista again to support iOS 10. The ability to backup and sync older devices running iOS 10.0-10.1.1 does work under iTunes 12.1.3.6, but upgrading/restoring does not work, nor does syncing devices running iOS 10.2 or later.

iTunes 12.1.3 64-bit (for older video cards) can be downloaded here

iCloud Control Panel 2.1.3

 

Music & video streaming software:

Spotify 1.0.24.104 (FREE, CS, paid subscription services are available)

 

Adobe editing software (All CS6 apps are $$$, CS, UNS. For official support, use the CS5.5 suite instead.):

Adobe Photoshop CS6

Adobe After Effects CS6

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

Adobe Audition CS6

Dreamweaver CS6

Extendscript Toolkit CC

Fireworks CS6

Flash Professional CS6

Illustrator CS6

InCopy CS6

InDesign CS6

Lightroom 4 ($$$, CS) 

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. 

 

Video/photo editing software:

Sony Vegas Pro 12 ($$$, CS)

Paint.NET 3.5.11 (FREE, CS)

Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 ($$$, CS)

Picasa 3.9 Build 141.259 (FREE, CS)

 

2D/3D Modeling Software (All $$$, CS):

AutoCAD 2012

AutoCAD 2013 (UNS) Must run in Windows XP compatibility mode for the software to work.

AutoCAD 2014 (UNS) Must run in Windows XP compatibility mode for the software to work.

Sketchup 2014 

Sketchup 2015 (UNS) Modifying of MSI installer is required. See this post for more details. 

Sketchup 2016 (UNS) Modifying of MSI installer is required. See this post for more details. Sketchup 2017 and later do not work.

Autodesk 3dsmax 2012 

Autodesk 3dsmax design 2012

Autodesk Maya 2012 

Autodesk Mudbox 2012

 

Game distribution: 

Origin 2015 (FREE, CS) *Reduced functionality as of August 2016. For a list of what you can still do, click here.

 

AMD Graphics:

AMD Catalyst version 13.12 (later versions up to 15.6 Beta for Windows 7 can be modified to work on Vista. See this thread for more details. AMD GPUs released after June 2015 will not work with Vista, since 15.6 Beta does not include support for newer cards.)

 

Intel chipset and graphics:

The Intel Sandy Bridge platform is the last to fully support Vista. Ivy Bridge includes chipset and VGA drivers for Windows Vista, however USB 3.0 drivers are unavailable. You can download the VGA drivers here, and chipset drivers are available here (Vista isn't listed as an applicable OS on the page, but the utility does support Windows Vista).

Limited Haswell support is available, as Intel updated their chipset drivers to support XP and Vista, however it is not recommended to attempt to use Vista or Server 2008 on Haswell due to a known bug that causes Windows and some of its services to not start up correctly. This bug renders Windows Vista on Haswell quite unstable, and using it in a productive or business environment is strongly discouraged. In addition to this, Intel HD graphics 4200 and later drivers, as well as USB 3.0 drivers are not available for Haswell machines running Vista, so upgrading to Windows 7 on Haswell systems is encouraged to receive proper support. 

More information about the aforementioned bug can be found here: http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/304098-logon-process-initialization-failure-vista-ultimate-x64.html

 

NVIDIA Graphics:

NVIDIA driver version 365.19 (Vista 3D vision support was dropped around driver version 310.00).

GOOD NEWS: a driver has been discovered that has been proven to work on Vista, while also adding support for the GTX 1080, 1070 and 1060 for Vista users.

Download here: http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/GRAPHICS-BOARD/NVIDIA/NVIDIA-GeForce-Graphics-Driver-37270-64-bit.shtml

 

Window management software:

AquaSnap 1.17.1 (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) To download, click one of the following: MSI File   Portable Installation

Aerosnap 0.61 Beta (FREE, CS) Somewhat buggy. To download, click here.

Taskbar Shuffle v2.5 (FREE, CS) No longer updated. To download, click here.

Ultramon 3.3.0 ($$$, CS) To download trial version, click here.

 

Built in system components (Bundled with SP2+Platform Update, all FREE, CS):

Windows Installer 4.5

Windows Search 4.0

DirectX 11.0

Windows Media Player 11.0.6002.18005

 

Additional Microsoft software:

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.0 (FREE, CS)

Windows Powershell 2.0 (FREE, CS) (Windows Vista/2008 SP1 or SP2. Download: Vista 32 bit  Vista 64 bit  Server 2008 32 bit  Server 2008 64 bit)

Windows Powershell 3.0 (FREE, CS) (Windows Server 2008 SP2 ONLY. Windows Vista is not supported. To download, click here.)

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here.

Microsoft Windows Live Essentials 2011 (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Some components no longer work, such as Messenger and Mail. 

Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 (FREE, CS)

Windows USB/DVD Download Tool (FREE, CS) To download, click here.

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.52 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Microsoft has announced that EMET will reach end of life on July 31, 2018.

Exchange Server 2010 ($$$, CS)

Image Composite Editor 2.0.3 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here.

Network Monitor 3.4 (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download, click here.

Office 2010 Filter Packs (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download, click here.

PowerPoint Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download, click here.

SharePoint 2010 ($$$, CS)

Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel (FREE, CS) To download, click here.

Visio Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. 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.

 

Software Development:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 ($$$, CS)

 

Instant messaging: 

Yahoo! Messenger 11.5.0.228 (FREE, CS) However, this release will no longer connect to the Yahoo servers. You can use the web version to communicate via Yahoo Messenger, though.

 

Third party system utilities:

WSUS Offline Update 10.9.2 (FREE, OS)

Classic Shell 3.6.8 (FREE, CS)

Samsung Magician v4.9.7 (FREE, CS) Works with (supported) Samsung SSDs only. Windows Vista and Server 2008 do NOT support TRIM without third party software.

 

Support ongoing (ONG section) (Valid as of February 2017):

Antivirus:

Avast Free Antivirus (FREE, CS-- email registration required after 30 days)

Avast Pro Antivirus ($$$, CS, trial available)

AVG Antivirus Free (FREE, CS)

AVG Internet Security ($$$, CS, 30 day trial available)

Comodo Free Antivirus (FREE, CS)

Clamwin (FREE, CS)

G-Data Business Solutions ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1, SP2 recommended. The Mobile Administrator component requires Windows 7 or later.

Kaspersky Antivirus ($$$, CS)

Kaspersky Internet Security ($$$, CS)

Kaspersky Total Security ($$$, CS)

Malwarebytes Free (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended.

Malwarebytes Premium ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. *The anti-ransomware protection component is only available on Windows 7/2008 R2 or higher. In case you didn't know, Malwarebytes is now considered an anti-virus as of version 3.0, as it includes a real time protection component, as well as anti-ransomware, anti-exploit (this is no longer a standalone product and is part of Malwarebytes), anti-rootkit, and malicious website protection.

Norton Security ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended.

Panda Antivirus ($$$, CS) 

Sophos Endpoint Antivirus ($$$, CS)

Sophos Server protection ($$$, CS)

Spyware Blaster (FREE, CS)

Webroot, all editions ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended.

Zonealarm Free firewall (FREE, CS)

 

Web browsers:

Pale Moon (FREE, OS, Firefox-based) Support status is unrelated to Mozilla's decisions, since the browser is not heavily reliant on Firefox anymore. Support could end anytime after Vista's end of life though, based on decisions made when XP went out of support. Also, installing SP2 and Platform Update, according to the developers, is strongly recommended for the best experience.

Waterfox (FREE, OS, Firefox based) 64 bit only. The future of Vista support is not yet known.

K-Meleon (FREE, OS, uses Gecko layout engine)

SeaMonkey (FREE, OS, uses source code similar to Mozilla Firefox)

 

Web browser plugins:

Adobe Flash Player (FREE, CS) For Internet Explorer, IE8 is required. IE9 is recommended, since IE8 no longer receives security updates on Vista or Server 2008.

Java (FREE, CS) For Internet Explorer, IE9 is required. Support is likely to end alongside Vista's EOL, based on decisions made when Java stopped supporting Windows XP.

 

Multimedia:

Media Player Classic (FREE, OS)

Media Player Classic Black Edition (FREE, OS)

Open Broadcaster Software (FREE, OS) Requires SP2.

VLC Media Player (FREE, OS)

Foobar2000 (FREE, CS)

 

Video/photo editing software:

GIMP (FREE, OS)

IrfanView (FREE for non commercial use, CS)

VSDC Free Video Converter (FREE, CS)

VSDC Free Video Editor (FREE, CS)

 

Office suites:

LibreOffice (FREE, OS)

Apache OpenOffice (FREE, OS)

 

PDF viewers:

Foxit PDF Reader (FREE, CS, UNS) Vista isn't listed in the system requirements, but the latest version still works under Vista as of January 2017. This could change at any time, though.

Foxit PhantomPDF ($$$, CS, UNS, free trial available) Vista isn't listed in the system requirements, but the latest version still works under Vista as of January 2017. This could change at any time, though.

Sumatra PDF (FREE, OS)

 

Game distribution:

Steam (FREE, CS)

 

Disc burning or mounting software:

Alcohol 120% ($$$, CS)

IMGBurn (FREE, CS)

MagicDisc (FREE, CS)

MagicISO ($$$, CS)

Roxio Creator NXT 3  ($$$, CS)

WinCDEmu (FREE, CS)

 

2D/3D Modeling software:

Blender (FREE, OS)

 

Google software:

Google Earth (FREE, CS)

 

FTP clients:

FileZilla (FREE, OS)

WinSCP (FREE, OS)

CyberDuck (FREE, OS)

Total Commander (FREE, CS)

CuteFTP (FREE, CS)

FTP Voyager (FREE, CS)

 

Instant messaging/internet communication:

Trillian (FREE, CS)

Skype (FREE, CS)

Telegram Desktop (FREE, OS)

  • If you want to use Discord, you must use the web version. Desktop application doesn't work. 

 

Blogging: 

Open Live Writer (FREE, OS)

 

File management:

7zip (FREE, OS)

Universal Extractor (FREE, OS)

WinRAR ($$$, CS- Trial available) 

 

Virtual machines:

Oracle VM VirtualBox (FREE, OS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended.

 

Hardware identification and temperature management:

CPU-Z (FREE, CS)

HWMonitor (FREE, CS)

Piriform Speccy (FREE, CS)

 

Benchmarking and system stress-testing software:

Prime95 (FREE, CS)

AIDA64, all editions ($$$, CS)

 

System management, cleanup, and analysis:

Piriform CCleaner (FREE, CS)

Comodo Cleaning Essentials (FREE, CS)

Belarc Advisor (FREE, CS)

 

Microsoft software:

Microsoft Visual c++ Redistributable for Visual Studio (FREE, CS)

Microsoft Silverlight (FREE, CS)

 

System File Editors/viewers:

HxD Hex Editor (FREE, CS)

Resource Hacker (FREE, CS)

Notepad++ (FREE, OS)

Edited by 2008WindowsVista
Added several new additions to the list (too many to count!). Added two new ONG sections (Google Software; Disc burning or mounting software).
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using Adobe photoshop CS8 in Xp so it should work in Vista

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I'll assume you meant to say CS6. 

Anyway, this is one of those weird instances where XP and Windows 7 are supported, but Vista is ignored. It isn't that big of a deal though, the only thing Vista users miss out on is technical support from Adobe if you have a problem with the software. The CS6 software itself will still install and run perfectly fine in Vista.

using Adobe photoshop CS8 in Xp so it should work in Vista

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Check X99 for Haswell processors though, there is still some Vista driver support for X99 chipsets and motherboards (at least EVGA does support it completely, maybe not USB 3.0/3.1 drivers).

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Also K-Meleon and SeaMonkey are working Gecko variants.  The x64 version of Pale Moon also works still.

:)

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For some reason Chrome feels better when browsing websites, hence why I still use it in Vista, though Firefox is the one that will still support it... YouTube, for example, runs much better in Chrome in here than Firefox, but there won't be any other option than upgrade to 7/2008 R2, or stay with kinda "degraded in performance" software or unsupported ones.

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Added to the list.

Also K-Meleon and SeaMonkey are working Gecko variants.  The x64 version of Pale Moon also works still.

:)

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I even found some Z97 motherboard drivers for Vista, by EVGA again: http://prntscr.com/aafrnt

 

You can't say Haswell completely doesn't support it, since it's only some specific companies and chipsets (and mostly chipsets) that don't. Even so, probably unofficial support is in those 7 drivers for such boards from other companies like MSI too.

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But there is a software timing issue with Windows Vista and haswell that causes it to not boot up half the time, and some services fail to start. Unless Microsoft or intel release a hotfix, I cannot guarantee that Vista will work properly with haswell. I will add EVGA as an exception for Vista, but again, whether or not that timing bug will appear I cannot tell. It could only affect H97 (which is what I tested Vista on), but I doubt it.

Specific errors you'll see:

Just before the Startup Orb animation appears, you'll get an error that says "Interactive Logon Process Initialization has failed. Consult the event log for more details". Upon clicking Ok, sometimes Windows will proceed with the boot up process, and sometimes it won't. Usually, when it does, after you logon, some services fail to start. The one I saw most often was Windows Defender, and sometimes Windows Audio. If you experience any of these problems, the only solution as of right now is to upgrade to Windows 7 SP1 or later, where the problem is non-existent. 

I even found some Z97 motherboard drivers for Vista, by EVGA again: http://prntscr.com/aafrnt

 

You can't say Haswell completely doesn't support it, since it's only some specific companies and chipsets (and mostly chipsets) that don't. Even so, probably unofficial support is in those 7 drivers for such boards from other companies like MSI too.

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But there is a software timing issue with Windows Vista and haswell that causes it to not boot up half the time, and some services fail to start. Unless Microsoft or intel release a hotfix, I cannot guarantee that Vista will work properly with haswell. I will add EVGA as an exception for Vista, but again, whether or not that timing bug will appear I cannot tell. It could only affect H97 (which is what I tested Vista on), but I doubt it.

Specific errors you'll see:

Just before the Startup Orb animation appears, you'll get an error that says "Interactive Logon Process Initialization has failed. Consult the event log for more details". Upon clicking Ok, sometimes Windows will proceed with the boot up process, and sometimes it won't. Usually, when it does, after you logon, some services fail to start. The one I saw most often was Windows Defender, and sometimes Windows Audio. If you experience any of these problems, the only solution as of right now is to upgrade to Windows 7 SP1 or later, where the problem is non-existent.

I even found some Z97 motherboard drivers for Vista, by EVGA again: http://prntscr.com/aafrnt

You can't say Haswell completely doesn't support it, since it's only some specific companies and chipsets (and mostly chipsets) that don't. Even so, probably unofficial support is in those 7 drivers for such boards from other companies like MSI too.

That's most probably affecting your own chipset (H97) though, not verified if it exists in other LGA 1150 boards too, but X99 isn't affected by the issue at all. You could just add X99 for now for the high end i7s and Xeons that are LGA 2011-v3, and search on other 1150 boards that have the issue existent in 7 at least. If they do, then those who want Haswell and Vista should go with X99. If they don't, then H97 is the only chipset that gets affected. Edited by OneSerendipity
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I will add X99 after I see someone testing it with Vista with no problems. The issue is also existent with Z97, not just H97: http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/304098-logon-process-initialization-failure-vista-ultimate-x64.html

 

But there is a software timing issue with Windows Vista and haswell that causes it to not boot up half the time, and some services fail to start. Unless Microsoft or intel release a hotfix, I cannot guarantee that Vista will work properly with haswell. I will add EVGA as an exception for Vista, but again, whether or not that timing bug will appear I cannot tell. It could only affect H97 (which is what I tested Vista on), but I doubt it.
Specific errors you'll see:
Just before the Startup Orb animation appears, you'll get an error that says "Interactive Logon Process Initialization has failed. Consult the event log for more details". Upon clicking Ok, sometimes Windows will proceed with the boot up process, and sometimes it won't. Usually, when it does, after you logon, some services fail to start. The one I saw most often was Windows Defender, and sometimes Windows Audio. If you experience any of these problems, the only solution as of right now is to upgrade to Windows 7 SP1 or later, where the problem is non-existent.

I even found some Z97 motherboard drivers for Vista, by EVGA again: http://prntscr.com/aafrnt

You can't say Haswell completely doesn't support it, since it's only some specific companies and chipsets (and mostly chipsets) that don't. Even so, probably unofficial support is in those 7 drivers for such boards from other companies like MSI too.

That's most probably affecting your own chipset (H97) though, not verified if it exists in other LGA 1150 boards too, but X99 isn't affected by the issue at all. You could just add X99 for now for the high end i7s and Xeons that are LGA 2011-v3, and search on other 1150 boards that have the issue existent in 7 at least. If they do, then those who want Haswell and Vista should go with X99. If they don't, then H97 is the only chipset that gets affected.

 

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Speaking of Vista's planned obsolescence, Vista's forum here, at MSFN, just got demoted to the Older Windows OS category...

How the great have fallen :/

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Well, I installed 7 again yesterday, but due to a mistake I did to the OS, I had to reinstall again and got Vista SP1 again. Seriously, it runs better than any other OS in here, even those it was supposed to run great on, like 7 and 8. Just, I'd like to get the Ivy USB 3 drivers working in NT 6.0, at least for now.

Vista still wins. If only it would get lots of community support, this would help it stay on the top for a while.

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4 hours ago, greenhillmaniac said:

Speaking of Vista's planned obsolescence, Vista's forum here, at MSFN, just got demoted to the Older Windows OS category...

How the great have fallen :/

You'd think that in order to qualify for the "legacy" label, Vista would have to be unsupported by Microsoft completely first. But I guess considering how the third party support of Vista has fallen like it has, it doesn't really make much of a difference.

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We REALLY need a KernelEx for Vista... I mean, it's in the same predicament as Windows 2000! Heck, I bet it would be easier to develop than what we have for Windows 2000, because Vista has most of the components 7 has (with the Platform Update and all).

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