Vista and Compatibility Files -Huh

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by ICU, May 22, 2008.

  1. ICU

    ICU Guest

    Anyone got the time to explain what the heck Vista "compatibility files"
    are all about?
    In my case I installed a older piece of software (maybe a couple of years
    old) on my laptop runnibg Vista Basic Home, the program installed and runs
    ok, but when I went take a look in the program's folder , there were files
    that should have been that are not listed, then I noticed listed on the
    menu where Organize, Views, Burn options are located another option called
    Compatibility Files, so being the seek and ye shall find kind of guy I
    clicked on the "compatibility files" folder and there were the missing Huh?


    ICU, May 22, 2008
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    BillD Guest

    when a poorly written program is trying to write application data files in
    c:\program files, UAC's file redirection will redirect these writes in your
    user private appdata folder.
    BillD, May 22, 2008
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    ICU Guest

    Hmmm...poorly written...I gues that could be subject to some aggreement
    and some disaggreement.
    Now having said that , the program in question is Eudora 7.1 and yes I
    know it's no longer available as it is now part of an open source
    developement, but I prefer to continue to use as I have used Eudora for
    yeras and updated it as the new versions appeared.
    Is there no way that the so called "compatabilty files" could be listed
    in with the rest of the Eudora files without having to be listed
    Thanks for the reply.

    ICU, May 23, 2008
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    HeyBub Guest

    I don't think Vista likes for application data files to be written to the
    C:\Program files folder or any of its sub-folders.
    HeyBub, May 24, 2008
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    ICU Guest

    You got it, I just uninstalled it and re-installed it outside the Program
    Files folder...everything shows up where it is supposed to and it seems
    to run ok.
    Why the hell does MS take it on them selves to change things like this.
    I suppose they will say it's just for my own good.(G)
    Oh well, another mystery solved, thanks for your input , much

    ICU, May 24, 2008
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