Will all the programs that work on xp work on vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by exciter, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. exciter

    exciter Guest

    Will all the programs that work on xp work on vista?
    I have old fashioned programs which work on xp with no
    problem. These are english dictionaries of oxford, collins and so on
    which I bought some years ago.
    I would be very disappointed if they will not work on vista.
    So what will be the situation?
    exciter, Sep 22, 2006
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  2. No, not all programs that worked on XP will work on Vista. That is always
    the case with a new version of Windows (or any other operating system).
    Most programs will work but you will have to do some research and read the
    newsgroups to find out. Of course, if you have a spare computer you can
    always download RC1 and try your programs.
    Colin Barnhorst, Sep 22, 2006
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    Max Guest

    1) No.
    2) Some will, some won't-- you won't know until you try them (unless they
    are "Utility" type applications that are known to have compatibility
    Actually, I have been quite pleasantly surprised at just how many 'old'
    (some dating back to the 90's) apps happily install/run on Vista.
    Max, Sep 22, 2006
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    Todd Guest

    If these programs are 16 bit, they will not work with Vista.
    Otherwise Microsoft says "Most applications just work".

    Also if they work with XP try the Windows XP Compatibility mode.
    You could dual boot Windows XP with Vista, or run them both under VM.
    Todd, Sep 22, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    The vast majority of typical programs will run just fine since the
    codebase of Vista is 2003, so compatibility should be similar to
    There's no guarantee they will work, but they probably will.
    The problems are going to be with old 16-bit programs that are not
    supported, and utility software like CD/DVD burning, antivirus, and
    firewall programs that hook into the system. Many of these programs
    will need to be updated to work with Vista.
    Bill, Sep 22, 2006
  6. Well exciter,

    So far everything I have put on that machine old programs such as
    Radmin and Nascar Racing 2003 Season, Office I haven't tried yet I have
    Office 2003 Professional, I will install this weekend and let you know. But
    the afore mentioned programs as of this point work fine to my knowledge.

    I will be hammering it this weekend,

    Just so you know the system in Question is a:

    Dual Core P4 3
    2 GB Ram Dual Channel
    800 gb of hd space
    Video Card: GeForce MX 4000 128 mb ram AGP

    Originally this was ear marked as a game server but then RC1 came out so I
    just had to try it.

    Happy Beta Testing Folks.
    Michael A Cooper, Sep 22, 2006
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    exciter Guest

    Thanx people for swift answers.
    How can I understand if a program is 16 bit or 32 bit or whatsoever?
    exciter, Sep 22, 2006
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    exciter Guest

    The thing is this:
    It may sound strange to you but I am interested in english language
    and I use 8 dictionries on my laptop.
    They all work fine and date back to early 90s.
    And these dictionaries are essential to me that I use them almost everyday.

    Now, when I upgrade to vista in excitement and if the my dictonaries will
    not work
    I will be very disappointed.
    I dont want to sacrifice my current convenince in exchange of some fency GUI
    graphics stuff.
    I hope u understand.
    exciter, Sep 22, 2006
  9. There is confusion about whether 16bit programs can work. They cannot work
    in Vista x64. But that is true of all 64bit operating systems, not just
    Vista. Vista x86 should not matter.
    Colin Barnhorst, Sep 22, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    "Should" being the key word...but they don't seem to work.

    Bill, Sep 23, 2006
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    Rock Guest

    Get a copy of RC1, load it on a test system, and try out your dictionaries.
    Rock, Sep 23, 2006
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    JTM-HP Guest

    I have had luck with right-click on the program, go to Properties ->
    Compatibility Tab and checking the box to Run in XP SP2 compatibility mode.
    I had to do this with some of the actual install programs too.

    I got 95% of my programs to work. The only one that didnt was an older java
    based app, but I am using the java 6 beta.
    JTM-HP, Sep 23, 2006
  13. Compat mode ought to help.

    Colin Barnhorst, Sep 23, 2006
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    Wayne Guest

    Had I known about some of these incompatibilities, I would not have
    installed Vista. Maybe I'll learn to read before installing? Today I learned
    that Oxford English Dictionery is not compatible with Vista and will not run.
    OED tech supports says they are not compatible and now I wonder when they
    might be. And if they do revise, what will I spend for the upgrade? Perhaps
    MS can come up with a fix for this problem?

    I previously ran into a problem with OED due to a MS security update that
    knocked them out of the water. All owners of OED had to remove this update in
    order to get it to run. Seems that a huge and important package like OED
    would be part of the testing? Terrible when all my games worked ok but not
    something like OED.

    I'd like to know if anyone has a solution to this problem.

    Wayne, Oct 7, 2006
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    Judy Guest

    Judy, Oct 7, 2006
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