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Vista And Old Software

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#1 mekmek


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Posted 29 May 2007 - 11:22 AM

I'm new here, so bear with me. I have quite a collection of legal and not so software. I have so far avoided Vista. I wish to share some outdated software with students (photoshop 6), audio programs designed for 98, other wares. I cannot advise my young friends as to installing these programs. XP has a "run as" feature that helps a lot with this kind of test drive, but I am getting the impression that Vista does not. Besides a small scold for using questionable ware, can anyone advise me?? I hate to give kids things that will make them crazy trying to install. Thank you, mekmek

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 12:27 PM

Noone could guarantee that all you XP software would run in Vista. However, Vista has two "run as" features. One is run as Adminstrator (you will understand the use of this when you begin using Vista) The other is a "run as" compatibilty mode, which offers Win95. and onward.
I have succesfully installed 39 XP programs in Vista without hiccups. Only one needed the compatibility mode feature. Vista will NOT, as a standalone OS, run any old Dos programs.
If you want a more definitive answer, then try this page. It referes to the RTM 6000 release which is identical to the final release. -compatibility is improving all the time as software writers produce new releases or patches.
It might be important for you to also check hardware compatibilty.

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