Posted 02 October 2007 - 02:56 PM
In general, if a program is to work in compatibility mode, you'll have to run the installer in compatibility mode (both as XP SP2 and as an Administrator). Then, once it's installed, you'll have to find the program's directory in the Program Files folder - and set each file that ends in .exe to run in compatibility mode.
This presumes that the program makes no calls to restricted areas of the OS (both file system and registry) when it's not elevated (remember that Vista will act as a Standard User unless it's specifically told to elevate).
This also presumes that the program doesn't call on other executables that aren't specifically set to run elevated. Finally, even if you do get it to work, you may find that some of the programs only work part of the time. For example, pcAnywhere v11.5 works just fine under Vista - until you try and schedule something. Then it balks and won't run.
You can install XP on your Vista system if you have enough free hard drive space to make another partition for it. Then you'll have to buy a copy of XP and then try and locate XP drivers for all of the hardware devices that you use. Also, you'll have to muck around in the boot manager to make sure that you've got the option to boot to each OS.
Another option is to use a Virtual Machine to install XP into - that way you won't have to reboot to get to XP. But you'll need more memory to do it (Home Basic computers don't usually come with a lot of RAM).
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