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Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

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Introduction:

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 extended support has now ended, 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. 
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.
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.

 

Support information and quick links:

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    

To fix Windows Update's slow 'check for updates' speed in Vista, click here for a list of updates to install to fix the issue.

*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. 

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:

Trident based:

Windows Internet Explorer 9 (FREE, CS) [Mar. 2011] Requires SP2 & Platform Update. To download, click here

Chromium based:

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.

Google Chrome 49.0.2623.112m (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] To download, visit the Chrome download page, and you'll be automatically delivered an XP/Vista compatible installer, however this could change at any time. If this doesn't work, click here to download instead (link provided by Slimjet.com). 

Google Chrome 50.0.2661.87m (FREE, OS, UNS) [Apr. 2016] Requires modification to the application executable to run; view this post for more details.

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)

Slimjet 10.x (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] Based on Chromium 50. Continues to receive security updates. Recommended option for Chrome/Chromium users. This branch is reserved for XP and Vista. To download, click here.

Slimjet 11.0.8 (FREE, OS) [July 2016]  Based on Chromium 51; no longer updated. 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) [Oct. 2016] Based on Chromium 53; no longer updated. Has some minor font spacing issues with certain pages. Using Slimjet 10 instead is advised. Download here.

Comodo Dragon 46.9.15.425 (FREE, OS) [Jan. 2016] Based on Chromium 46.x. Download here.

Firefox based:

Firefox 52.x ESR (FREE, OS) [Mar. 2017] This release is set to receive security updates until at least September 2017, but according to a developer, this date may be extended if the number of users still on XP and Vista justify it. 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 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.

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.

QupZilla 1.8.9 (FREE, OS) [Nov. 2015] Download here. 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.

Waterfox 53.0.3 (FREE, OS) [May 2017] 64-bit only. Download not yet available. According to the head developer, creating a separate release for older systems (presumably Vista/XP) is being considered.

 

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.

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) 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 April 2017.

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

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.

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.47 - April 2017 (FREE, CS) Last version for Vista. Later versions continue to support Windows Server 2008.

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

Trend Micro Maximum Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ends on June 30, 2017.

Trend Micro Internet Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ends on June 30, 2017.

Trend Micro Antivirus+ 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ends on June 30, 2017.

 

Multimedia:
Winamp 5.6 (FREE, CS) No longer updated on any version of Windows as of late 2013. Download here.

Kodi 17.3 (FREE, OS)

 

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 will end on October 10, 2017.)

Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 (Extended support will end on 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) UNS on Starter/Home versions of XP and Vista. 

 

Apple software/hardware support (all software is FREE, CS):

iTunes 12.1.3.6: 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.

iCloud Control Panel 2.1.3

Safari 5.1.7 : No longer updated on any version of Windows as of May 9, 2012. Download here.

Apple 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.

Final Apple Mac computers to support Vista under Boot Camp:
Macbook and Macbook Pro; all Mid-2010 models
Macbook Air; all Mid-2009 models (32-bit only)
iMac; all Late-2009 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:

Spotify 1.0.24.104 (FREE, CS) Paid 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. 

 

Multimedia 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)

ACDSee 17 ($$$, CS)

ACDSee Pro 7 ($$$, CS)

ACDSee Video Studio v1.x ($$$, CS)

ACDSee Video Converter 4 ($$$, CS)

Corel PaintShop Pro X7 ($$$, CS)

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

Sony Sound Forge 11.0.272 ($$$, 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.

 

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) 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/utilities:

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.0 (FREE, CS)

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 (FREE, CS, UNS) 

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.

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)

Exchange Server 2010 ($$$, CS)

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)

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.

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 

XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack 1.2 (FREE, CS) Does not work on Server 2008. Click here to download.

Lync 2010 ($$$, CS) Download links: x86 (trial)  x64 (trial)

IntelliPoint 8.2 (FREE, CS) Download links:  32 bit  64 bit

IntelliType Pro 8.2 (FREE, CS) Download links: 32 bit  64 bit

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.

SQL Server 2012 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2 for Vista/2008. A free version with reduced functionality is available for download here.

Speech Platform Runtime Languages 11 (FREE, CS) To download, click here.

Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here.

Junk Mail Reporting Add-in for Microsoft Outlook (FREE, CS) Download links: Office 2003 x86, Office 2007+ x86, Office 2007+ x64

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.

 

Software/Game Development:

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

CryEngine V ($$$, OS) Requires SP2.

 

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.

 

Misc. System utilities:

WSUS Offline Update 10.9.2 (FREE, OS)

Classic Shell 3.6.8 (FREE, CS)

Fences 2 ($$$, CS) Folder portals and pages functionality require Windows 7 or later.

ObjectDock 2 ($$$, 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.

Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility (FREE, CS) Download: (x86) (x64)

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

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

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

Logitech Gaming Software 8.81 (FREE, CS) This is the last official version to support Windows Vista. The latest version unofficially works on Vista, but this could change at any time. 

HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7.0 (FREE, CS) Hasn't been updated since 2009.

 

Support ongoing (ONG section) (Valid as of May 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.

Comodo Free Antivirus (FREE, CS)

Clamwin (FREE, CS)

eScan, all editions ($$$, CS) 

ESET NOD32 Antivirus ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available.

ESET Internet Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available.

ESET Smart Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available.

ESET File Security for Windows Server ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available; supports Windows Server 2008. Windows Vista isn't supported.

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. 

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. 

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

Zonealarm Free firewall (FREE, CS)

 

Web browsers:

Pale Moon (FREE, OS) Requires SP2 with the 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.

Comodo IceDragon (FREE, OS, Firefox based) The future of Vista support is not yet known.

K-Meleon (FREE, OS) Uses Gecko layout engine.

 

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 may end soon, based on decisions made when Java stopped supporting Windows XP. 
 

Multimedia:

Media Player Classic (FREE, OS)

Media Player Classic Black Edition (FREE, OS)

VLC Media Player (FREE, OS)

Foobar2000 (FREE, CS)


Screen Recording & Capture software:

Screen Recording:

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. 

Bandicam ($$$, CS) Free version with reduced functionality is available. 

Open Broadcaster Software (FREE, OS) Requires SP2.

Screen Capture:

ScreenToGif (FREE, OS) 

Gyazo (FREE, CS)

Lightshot (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)

Lightworks ($$$ & FREE versions available, CS)

VideoPad Video Editor ($$$, CS)


Audio editing software:

Audacity (FREE, OS)

Acoustica Mixcraft ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available.
 

Office suites:

LibreOffice (FREE, OS)

Apache OpenOffice (FREE, OS)

Ability Office & Ability Office Professional ($$$, CS)

Corel Office ($$$, CS)
 

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)

Corel PDF Fusion ($$$, CS)

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.


Cloud storage clients:

Onedrive (FREE, CS) Requires SP2 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista/2008. Now that Vista is no longer supported by Microsoft, Onedrive could stop supporting Vista at any time.

Dropbox (FREE, CS)


Remote desktop access:

Team Viewer (FREE, CS) Free for personal use; business use requires purchase of license.
 

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)


Google Software:
Google Earth (FREE, CS)
 

2D/3D Modeling software:

Blender (FREE, OS)
 

FTP clients:

FileZilla (FREE, OS)

WinSCP (FREE, OS)

CyberDuck (FREE, OS)

Total Commander (FREE, CS)

CuteFTP (FREE, CS)

FTP Voyager (FREE, CS)

SmartFTP ($$$, CS)

 

VPN Clients: 

Tunngle (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) 

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)

HWMonitor (FREE, CS)

Piriform Speccy (FREE, CS)

SpeedFan (FREE, CS)
 

Benchmarking and system stress-testing software:

AIDA64, all editions ($$$, CS)

Prime95 (FREE, 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:

Resource Hacker (FREE, CS)

Notepad++ (FREE, OS)

 

Post-EOL updates for Windows Vista:

Despite extended support coming to an end for Windows Vista on April 11, 2017, Vista users should most likely be able to continue receiving new updates for their OS until January 14, 2020, thanks to Vista's server counterpart, Windows Server 2008, continuing to receive updates until this date. An update repository containing all (compatible) Server 2008 updates for Vista can be viewed/downloaded here (courtesy of MSFN user greenhillmaniac).
In light of the recent WannaCrypt attacks, Microsoft included Windows XP and Vista in the June 2017 patch Tuesday updates. Click here for an article containing links to download these updates. The Windows Server 2008 versions of these updates can also be installed in Windows Vista too, if desired (the updates are no different, so there's no benefit over using the Vista-intended versions).

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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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