It's funny when I find a program...

Sea Monster

Member
... that supposedly isn't compatible with Vista, apply a fake version with DXWnd to convince the installer that I'm running Windows 7 or newer, and then the program ends up working flawlessly.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Deepin 15.5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080

Cammygirl192

Cammy White FTW
Member
It's because people don't want to support Vista even though 7 is the exact same as Vista.
honestly 7 should just have been a service pack for vista
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Packard Bell imedia s3210
    CPU
    AMD Athlon(tm) 7450 Dual Core Processor (2.40GHz)
    Memory
    2.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8200

Mooly

Member
Seven was Vista but with a lot of the good bits (file/folder customisation) removed. Small glitches in Vista (that should have been fixed with updates) simply had that feature disabled/removed in Seven. I never rated W7 at all.
 

My Computer

Vistaar

Vista Guru
The only program I'm using that isn't rated for Vista is Adobe Reader XI. No special installation method required, but I have to apply update patches manually. I wasn't a pioneer of this, in fact we have a sticky thread: http://www.vistax64.com/software/68875-latest-version-adobe-reader.html. (Of course Sumatra PDF reader still supports Vista, and Firefox has built-in PDF capability.)
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

Cammygirl192

Cammy White FTW
Member
Seven was Vista but with a lot of the good bits (file/folder customisation) removed. Small glitches in Vista (that should have been fixed with updates) simply had that feature disabled/removed in Seven. I never rated W7 at all.
I downgraded (or should I say upgraded) to Vista Home SP2 over 7 SP1 and I have slightly better performance, and battery life, funny enough.
My computer's battery is really bad too.

Plus I get Windows Mail, Calendar, Movie Maker and Contacts
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Packard Bell imedia s3210
    CPU
    AMD Athlon(tm) 7450 Dual Core Processor (2.40GHz)
    Memory
    2.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8200

Sea Monster

Member
It's nice to see I'm not the only one who is still hanging on to Vista. :D
It's definitely the most underrated operating system of all time.



A few years ago, I too used Windows 7, and I had no idea what I was missing out on until one day I decided to try Windows Vista in a VM just for fun.

Not too long after that, I "downgraded" to Windows Vista on my actual hardware, and it's probably one of the best choices I have ever made. It's never really given me any problems, and I'm still discovering many of the awesome features it has to offer that later Windows releases simply do not.

I have tried Windows 7, 8, and Windows 10 on the same computer I run Vista on, and they've never been able to live up to it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Deepin 15.5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080

Cammygirl192

Cammy White FTW
Member
Downgrade? Make that Upgrade, mate :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Packard Bell imedia s3210
    CPU
    AMD Athlon(tm) 7450 Dual Core Processor (2.40GHz)
    Memory
    2.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8200

ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

Vistaar

Vista Guru
I use foxit reader but an earlier version without the bloat for .pdf files
Of course I already knew that since we have discussed it before. I also know that Foxit Reader no longer supports Vista.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Might not be listed as supporting Vista but still works just as well as it always did.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

Vistaar

Vista Guru
Might not be listed as supporting Vista but still works just as well as it always did.
Are you saying that Foxit Reader 8.0 still works well on Vista despite its system requirements listing nothing older than Windows 7? That would certainly be interesting to me - but I thought you were using Foxit Reader 3.1? I only mentioned Adobe Reader XI because it is a program that works well on Vista despite the fact that it never officially supported Vista. (I am using 11.0.16, released May 10.) I believe that Foxit Reader is a program that formerly supported Vista but no longer does, of which there are many. Granted, if those running Vista don't mind using versions that are several years old, then their software options are virtually unlimited.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
I use 3.1.2.1013 and Vista 32bit with no problems.
I have tried later versions but always go back to this version as it does all I need without too much bloat.
This is a little over 8Mb and a bit bigger than the 2.2Mb Foxit was when it first came out.
At the same time Foxit was 2.2Mb Adobe Reader was just over 22Mb.
I don't know what Adobe Reader is now as I have never used it, but I expect it is a lot bigger.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

Vistaar

Vista Guru
(It's funny when I find a program) ...that supposedly isn't compatible with Vista, apply a fake version with DXWnd to convince the installer that I'm running Windows 7 or newer, and then the program ends up working flawlessly.
Was there any specific program that you would care to mention?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

Sea Monster

Member
Was there any specific program that you would care to mention?
Yes, recently I found a browser called Liebao (Chinese for "Cheetah") that refused to install until I used DxWnd to convince it that I was running Windows 8. I've been using it ever since, and everything has been working great.

I believe this has worked on several different occasions, but this browser is the only one that comes to mind at the moment.
 
Last edited:

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Deepin 15.5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 1700 8-Core Processor
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SC
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080

Cammygirl192

Cammy White FTW
Member
GitHub is a good example.<br>I couldn't find a good client for GH, and GH Desktop is apparently only supposed to support Windows 7 and up.<br><br>This computer (which I got back 3 days ago), does run GitHub, on Vista SP2, absolutely fine! I find it hilarious...
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Packard Bell imedia s3210
    CPU
    AMD Athlon(tm) 7450 Dual Core Processor (2.40GHz)
    Memory
    2.00GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8200
Top