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Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

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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 (eventually) have trouble displaying 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:

Advanced Chrome v54.15.5320.0 (FREE, OS) [Mar. 2017] Based on a combination of Chromium 51, 54, and 48. Download here.

Comodo Dragon 46.9.15.425 (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 12.0.15.0 (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 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 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):

  • These versions of Microsoft Office are certified Vista-compatible here.

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.)


Microsoft Office Add-ins & Tools:

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.

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

Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. Supports Microsoft OneNote 2010 and Word 2007/Word 2010.

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.

Search Commands Add-In for Office 2007 and Office 2010 (FREE, CS) No longer being maintained, UNS on Server 2008. Download 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.
 

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 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.

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 1.0.24.104 (FREE, CS) Paid services are available.

Video streaming:

OBS Classic 0.659b (FREE, OS) Requires SP2. Download here. OBS Studio continues to support Windows Vista as of version 20.1.x.
 

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.


Cloud storage clients:

Microsoft OneDrive Version 2017 Build 17.3.7076.1026 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2, Platform Update, and Platform Update supplement for Windows Vista/2008. OneDrive is no longer supported on Windows Vista/2008 as of November 1, 2017.
 

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)

Wolfenstein: the New Order ($$$, 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)
 

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 (Online Stores/Online Media Service Listing Program has been discontinued and is no longer available.)

Windows Search 4.0
 

Additional Microsoft software/utilities:

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

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

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

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.

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 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.

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 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. Software utilities:

DAEMON Tools Pro v7.0 ($$$, CS)

Diskeeper 12 Pro ($$$, CS) 

HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7.0 (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 October 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 Tools-> Options -> Content -> Video and make sure "Enable MSE for WebM video" is 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)

Handbrake (FREE, CS)

Media Player Classic (FREE, OS)

Media Player Classic Black Edition (FREE, OS)

Leawo Blu-ray Player (FREE, CS)

Potplayer (FREE, CS)

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. 

OBS Studio (FREE, CS)

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)

Prism Video Converter ($$$, 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)


Games (sequels may not support Vista):

  • Installing the Platform Update is required for DirectX 11 support.

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)

Planet Explorers ($$$, CS)

Portal 2 ($$$, CS)

Road Redemption ($$$, CS)

Serious Sam 3 BFE ($$$, CS)

Star Trek Online ($$$, CS)
 

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) 

Backup and Sync by Google (FREE, CS, UNS) Officially requires Windows 7 and up, thus Vista compatibility could break at any time.


Remote access:

Logmein Rescue Technician Console ($$$, CS)

Splashtop Business Access ($$$, CS)

Splashtop On-Demand Support ($$$, CS)

Splashtop Remote Support ($$$, CS)

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

VNC Connect ($$$, CS, UNS) Requires modification of MSI installer to work (tutorial coming soon). Not officially supported, meaning compatibility with Vista could break at any time.

VNC Viewer (FREE, CS, UNS) Requires modification of MSI installer to work (tutorial coming soon). Not officially supported, meaning compatibility with Vista could break at any time.
 

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)

CloneCD ($$$, CS)

dBpoweramp: CD Ripper ($$$, CS)

DVDFab ($$$, CS)

Express Burn ($$$, CS)

Express Rip ($$$, CS)

Golden Records ($$$, CS)

IMGBurn (FREE, CS)

MagicDisc (FREE, CS)

MagicISO ($$$, CS)

MakeMKV ($$$, CS)

Roxio Creator NXT 3  ($$$, CS)

UltraISO ($$$, CS)

WinCDEmu (FREE, CS)
 

Outer space simulation software:

Google Earth (FREE, CS)

Outerra ($$$, CS)

Space Engine (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)

GFXBench GL (FREE, CS, UNS) Officially requires Windows 7 or later, but works on Vista. Compatibility with Vista might break at any time.

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)

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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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