I'm trying to customize my desktop and I have Vista Home Basic
. It's hard to find specific Vista open source/freeware as opposed to how much XP stuff is out there
. After going by the book for a while when looking for applications
, I've decided to try out a few XP compatibles just to see if I have any better luck
. I'll let you know how it goes with some particulars if you would like
but just like the above post says: I'm sure that a little of everything is to be expected
. Also, don't forget that Vista has a compatibility mode for trying software that was designed for previous versions of Windows
. It may not work with every piece of Windows software but it does imply that trying software that was designed for a previous version of Windows shouldn't hurt Vista at all even if the software itself doesn't preform properly
. You can find the 'compatibility install' feature in the Control Panel
by clicking on Programs and Features.
Then, click on 'Use an older program with this version of Windows'.
And you can check out 'How to install a program'
which is located under Programs and Features
as well. Click on 'How to install a program'
and a Windows Help and Support
window will pop up. Then, look under See also
. If all Vistas are the same in this department, then, under See also
there should be a link that says Make older programs run in this version of Windows.
Click on this link and you will have a thurough understanding of how to use the Combatibility Wizard
which aids to help make an installation compatible with your Vista. Before I go, I have two quotes that I found in Make older programs run in this version of Windows
under See also
in the help section by clicking the link that says Find Windows-compatible programs.
There are many programs that are compatible and work well with this version of Windows that are not listed in the article. This is because such programs have not yet gone through the Windows Vista logo program or are still going through it. New programs are continually being added to the list.
Most programs written for Windows XP also work in this version of Windows, but some older programs might run poorly or not at all. If a program written for an earlier version of Windows doesn't run correctly, use the Program Compatibility Wizard to change the compatibility settings for the program, or use the program's Compatibility tab to change the settings manually.
....So, there you go and don't be shy if you find any compatible software that works