Has anyone figured out a way to get AOL to work with Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by LenH, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. LenH

    LenH Guest

    I am trying to use AOL 9 with Vista and it crashes within a few seconds of
    startup. Has anyone figured out a workaround for using AOL 9 or any other
    version of AOL?

    Before replying please read:

    1) I have already contacted AOL and they do not have plans to release a
    Vista compatible version until Vista is closer to release
    2) I know I can use AOL under my XP partition - that is no tthe the point -
    I would like to be able to use it while testing Vista.
    3) Please refrain from all the usual AOL snide remarks such as why does
    anyone use AOL, why would an AOL user be testing a complex operating system
    and so on. I have my reasons for using AOL and simply would like to get it
    to work with Vista if at all possible.

    Thanks in advance for any workaround suggestions.

    LenH, Jul 17, 2006
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  2. Have you tried any of the AOL technical newsgroups?
    Mark D. VandenBerg, Jul 17, 2006
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  3. LenH

    warpsix Guest

    When the windows x64 edition was a beta/ccp i called aol and they said
    the same thing, and 18 months later when i was able to buy the windows
    x64bit aol still did not work due to all the driver issues.
    aol keyword beta has some information, but nothing that works as of yet!
    warpsix, Jul 17, 2006
  4. I think that many vendors have fallen short of preparation for the release
    of Windows Vista. I do understand the code has been changing but I simply
    do not believe that AOL and others haven't been working on Vista
    compatibility. Does anybody believe that when Vista is closer that AOL and
    HP and others are going to pull drivers and compatible software out of the
    air? I don't!

    Anyway, I use Trillian to get into my AOL accounts and it works very well as
    a chat client. The interface is pretty cool and is easy to set up. You can
    be signed on to multiple accounts including Hot and MSN Mail, Yahoo, IRC and
    AOL all at the same time. All your chat buddies will show up in the sidebar
    interface with little dots that light up when any of your buddies are
    online. Trillian also has Audio and Video support, file transfer etc.

    Phillip Schlueter, Jul 17, 2006
  5. LenH

    warpsix Guest

    warpsix, Jul 17, 2006
  6. LenH

    LenH Guest

    Yes.. and no one there has found a solution. The fact is, I am pretty sure
    there is no solution, but I don't want to leave any stone unturned.
    LenH, Jul 17, 2006
  7. LenH

    LenH Guest

    I want to be able to use some of the AOL content that you cannot get on any
    of the AOL web offerings, AIM or Trillian. In particular, I want to be able
    to visit AOL chat rooms that I believe you can only get to via the
    traditional AOL content. I do not believe there is any "alternative" way to
    access those chat rooms - if there is, I am all ears. :)
    LenH, Jul 17, 2006
  8. Your other computer. The primary home computer that you did not install
    Vista on.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 17, 2006
  9. LenH

    LenH Guest

    As noted in my original post, I am fully aware that I can use my XP partition
    to access AOL. That is not the point - I am simply trying to see if anyone
    has figured out a way to use AOL with Vista so I can test Vista and use AOL
    at the same time.
    LenH, Jul 17, 2006
  10. LenH

    John Barnes Guest

    AOL has a 'bring your own access' plan that allows you to use any ISP (one
    that works) and still enjoy full AOL access. Don't know your location,
    situation or access times, but could be much less expensive also.
    John Barnes, Jul 17, 2006
  11. Hello LenH

    What is it that you did not understand that Colin said. It is very clear to me.
    Daphne Foldes, Jul 17, 2006
  12. And if the recent media announcements are true, this will be free.
    Mark D. VandenBerg, Jul 17, 2006
  13. LenH

    LenH Guest

    I know full well what AOL has and in fact I have the "bring your own access"
    plan. However, that has nothing to do with my posted question which is a
    very simple one. Is there a way to get any version of the AOL traditional
    client (AOL 9.0 is the most recent verision) to work with Windows Vista? So
    far, AOL does not have a test version that supports Vista. Given all the
    expertise here on these boards, I was hoping that perhaps someone here might
    have found a way to make an existing version of AOL work with Vista. If so, I
    would great appreciate hearing about how they did it.
    LenH, Jul 17, 2006
  14. LenH

    Zapper Guest

    Here you go.


    Zapper, Jul 17, 2006
  15. LenH

    Jane C Guest

    The only success story I have heard involved using just the AOL
    Communicator, not the full AOL package.
    Jane C, Jul 17, 2006
  16. LenH

    John Barnes Guest

    Yes, and with the ads you have now, I can just imagine trying to find
    content in an ocean of ads. yikes
    John Barnes, Jul 17, 2006
  17. LenH

    John Barnes Guest

    If you are subscribed to AOL, you can access any of their functions using
    IE. A friend has done it for years. Go to the AOL homepage, call for
    instructions (that's what you pay for) use their help. AOL xx is the
    dial-up program which also launches their modified browser.
    John Barnes, Jul 17, 2006
  18. If you want to get really esoteric, load up a copy of XP in a virtual
    machine on Virtual Server 2005 R2 installed on Vista and install AOL in it.
    That is the only experiment I have made with running AOL on Vista that
    actually produced a fully functioning AOL.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 17, 2006
  19. Len;

    I appreciate your frustration. I would hazard a guess that most of the
    users of this forum have a pet application or a favourite piece of hardware
    that stubbornly won't work, no matter how much cajoling we try. But to come
    into the newsgroup with a bit of a chip on your shoulder and then demand an
    answer may not be exactly the right way to go about things. As far as the
    "expertise" in this forum, the abilities and experience of the group are
    Windows based and quite deep in that regard, but there seems to be a dearth
    of AOL users (unless their keeping dark secrets). So the "expertise" here
    may be severely limited when it comes to the complex world of AOL software
    code. That's why I suggested an AOL forum may be more appropriate since I
    would expect there to be more knowledge there than here by virtue of a
    larger group of users pooling knowledge and resources, and thus, you are
    more likely to find the answer, or at least the proper direction to embark.

    Mark D. VandenBerg, Jul 17, 2006
  20. Masochist
    Mark D. VandenBerg, Jul 17, 2006
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