Heres the situation. I do not know Vista yet but am willing to learn. I
do have 25 years plus on other systems but am no hacker. I've got Vista
Home Premium running on a six moth old Dell xps 410. Very nice machine
and looks great. This computer was used at a location with very slow
(26.4 and less) dialup so its probably way behind in updates. It has
never run efficiently, even though an intern (a genuine nuclear power
plant engineer) managed to get it set up to do simple emailing, and much
complaining. I now have it at a location where I can connect it to
broadband, catch up and generally put all my xp era software on it Now i
find that I can't load even the most reliable softwares: new downloads
of firefox, Nod 32, ccleaner, thunderbird, tax software, photoshop, etc,
much less odd business stuff like a proprietary database, planning
software and a major GIS. I get a small black screen for a second and
it just disappears. Not even a hint that something rejected it as
incompatible. Run as Administrator (yes, I am the ADMIN) does nothing.
Run in compatibility mode, does nothing. Whats this secret admin thing?
What about transferring from my old computer running xp? There has got
to be something so basic, it just escapes me.