February 21, 2008 6:19 AM PST

Microsoft: Vista SP1 will break these programs

Microsoft: Vista SP1 will break these programs
Related Stories

Microsoft pulls Vista SP1 update

February 20, 2008

Near-final Vista SP1 goes public

January 14, 2008

Will update drive Vista use?

August 30, 2007

Typo leads to Vista SP1 confusion

July 20, 2007

Microsoft already planning Vista service pack

January 23, 2007
Related Blogs

Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008 finalized


February 4, 2008

Velocity Micro: First with Vista SP1


February 14, 2008

Vista SP1 coming sooner for some


February 11, 2008

Microsoft updates Vista SP1 test build


January 24, 2008

Public test next week for Vista SP1


December 5, 2007

Windows Vista SP1 beta lacks 'wow'


October 3, 2007

Vista SP1: Small things come in big packages


August 29, 2007

Nuts and bolts of Vista SP1 RC Refresh


January 15, 2008

Beta of Vista SP1 coming this year


June 19, 2007
Microsoft has published a list of programs that will not work or that will suffer from reduced functionality after the installation of Vista Service Pack 1.

The list of programs consists mostly of security applications, such as Trend Micro Internet Security 2008. However, programs such as The New York Times Reader application also feature on the list. Users are advised to install updates from the application vendor to fix the problem.

"Windows Vista Service Pack 1 contains many security, reliability, and feature updates for Windows Vista," the company said. "A program may experience a loss of functionality after you install Windows Vista SP1. However, most programs will continue to work as expected after you install Windows Vista SP1."

The list is not considered to be comprehensive, and Microsoft has asked users who encounter problems with other applications to first restart their PC and, if they still encounter problems, to install a newer version of the program or contact the software vendor.

Without SP1 incompatibilities, Windows Vista is already facing an ingrained perception by enterprise users of incompatibility with old systems, said Joseph Sweeney, an analyst at Intelligent Business Research Services.

Issues of back compatibility require regression testing on old applications, making any deployment very painful to do in one install, he said. "In theory, you only have to fix it once, and you should be able to deploy it across your whole environment, but many organizations do not have a highly automated deployment."

The problems with SP1 will only make backward-compatibility issues worse, he said, especially since many companies have been waiting to deploy the operating system until the release of the service stack.

The positive thing about Vista, he said, has been that organizations are stepping back and looking at their deployment methods. Because the desktop market is maturing, the trend would have happened anyway, he said, but Vista's problems have acted as a catalyst.

Suzanne Tindal of ZDNet Australia reported from Sydney.

See more CNET content tagged:
Microsoft Windows Vista, Trend Micro Inc., Microsoft Corp., security, Microsoft Windows

162 comments

Join the conversation!
Add your comment
The more I read about vista....
the more I realize I don't want it on my desktop...
Posted by thedreaming (573 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Smart guy
Read further down in the forum about what VISTA is REALLY about and you will get the shivers. I won't update my XP, except for 3 selected items, because MS sneaks stuff in with the service packs and updates. Somewhere along the line before XP SP2 (which I use) they snuck in something so you now have to give MS Word unfettered access to the internet (probably for TC)! If XP ever stops working for me then I will have to decide what to do, but whatever it is, it will NOT be VISTA! I actually had to disable autoupdate in Services to get it to stop - after I reinstalled my OS (I bought a retail copy of XP Home SP2 so I would never have an OEM issue if I wanted to change any of my hardware).
Posted by FalseToU (9 comments )
Link Flag
Then you don't want XP either
Because when XP first came out it had some of these same problems.... actually, NON-problems because I haven't run into one problem with Vista thus far, except for ones I made myself by corrupting a piece of software or deleting a necessary system file.
Posted by Leria (585 comments )
Link Flag
The more comments I read about Vista...
...the more I realize how people are easily deceived by the media.
Posted by Fil0403 (1303 comments )
Link Flag
Blah, Blah, Blah
I installed it, have dozens of third party apps and absolutely no problem. This is just another Chicken Little story from CNET to make sensational headlines.
Posted by WJeansonne (480 comments )
Reply Link Flag
not from C|net
but from Microsoft... it's their comprehensive list, not C|nets!
Posted by NeverFade (402 comments )
Link Flag
We're very happy for you
I personally have had several third party applications or add-ons
not work within Windows Vista. It's true the majority of them
work fine (albeit slower), but I know I am not alone when it
comes to application incompatibilities.

Microsoft needs to do what Apple did and build an entirely new
operating system off of a Unix core. Keep XP around for those
who need its legacy functionality, but move the majority over to
the new kernel. At least than they would have an excuse as to
why people's old software isn't working. It would also help solve
a lot of the security issues and would hopefully get rid of a lot of
the bloat that exists because of their extended legacy support.
Posted by jelloburn (252 comments )
Link Flag
ha, ha, ha
Well, if its working on your PC I guess that makes Microsofts compatibility list null and void then.

You may choose to stick your head in the sand but SP1 was supposed to fix all the niggles and compatibility issues, instead it just makes compatibility even more uncertain and more complicated.

Vista is a disaster!
Posted by niceyuk (14 comments )
Link Flag
Me Too
Loads of Apps, nothing broken yet....
Posted by SystemsJunky (409 comments )
Link Flag
Just the truth
I've been using Vista since day one release and not a single problem with software or games that i play. NO windows OS is more stable. I have firefox installed on my system as well as i like to mess around with other apps to see for myself. Is firefox good? Yes! Is it better then IE7? Plain and simple NO!. Its not any faster in fact it offers nothing performance wise over IE7.

Computing will always have its naysayers or those who simply wanna argue the moot point of upgrading in general. It's all about what you want. I built a new system for Vista. I like new things and i love the OS.

I like competition but neither firefox or Linux will ever be the browser or OS of choice for the desktop.
Posted by vistaakah (2 comments )
Link Flag
Vista LoL
Microsoft is making a service pack for this product already? How
about making an OS that WORKS. 2 years or so Vista has been
around, yet when i purchased a computer 2 days ago the OS that
came with my computer was said to be, not the Original. WoW This
is only one thing that is wrong with this product. Hey Bill make
something that people like or Apple may start taking your biz.
Posted by schmidty1985 (5 comments )
Reply Link Flag
how many patchs
has Apple released? How many point upgrades and new editions you have to pay for to fix things?

On quality or an OS that 'just works', Bill has little to worry about from Apple.
Posted by catch23 (436 comments )
Link Flag
Suck it up people!
Gee, Microsoft should just ignore any problems and bring on the Service Pack, that way nobody could complain about them doing their job. It's a new OS, it will prevail, learn to use it, let Microsoft fix the problems and quit complaining. I'd sure like a dollar for every problem I've run into with XP, but now it's the darling of the masses. Everybody wants to go back to XP, blah, blah, blah. Suck it up people, if you can't deal with a new OS, go back to a typewriter, because it's always going to be this way, NEW OS...problems!
Posted by garry_k (14 comments )
Reply Link Flag
No thanks...
Your attitude is the exact reason Microsoft remains in business.
Their customers have no issues being permanent beta testers. I
wouldn't settle for that. If I pay for a product, it should be a
finished product. I don't mind a few tweaks or upgrades along the
way, but Service Packs are not upgrades. They fix portions or make
additions that should have been there at the start.
Posted by Aeonn (1 comment )
Link Flag
XP still better
Your right xp has had problems just like any other software release, but no where near as many problems and incompatibility issues as visa has. When you pay more than $300 on an operating system you expect it to work properly with the occasional issue now and then. There is no reason it should take more than 12 hours to install an OS. Trying to find all the drivers and software updates to make the simple home computer to function properly.
Posted by cbhole7 (1 comment )
Link Flag
Ditto
I agree Gary people seem to have really short term memory. I rememeber like it was yesterday when people were bashing XP because it was not compatible with other software......AT FIRST! I had many, many people tell me they were not upgrading from Millenium and I bet now they are the same people that are saying no to Vista and running XP on their machines.
Posted by crash972 (2 comments )
Link Flag
Talk about self-delusion
No OS has come out with the scores of problems that Vista has caused. XP, out of the gate was, far superior and more useable than all the useless crap Microshaft has tried to foist on the public with the release of Vista.

Worse, Microsoft's response to all the legitimate customer gripes has been a resounding "F#$k you"!

Yeah, every new OS has inherent problems. The problem with MS is their whole attitude toward their customer base. they don't respect me? Fine, I don't respect them either.

They are digging their own hole. They assume that they are SO entrenched that nothing they do, no matter how obnoxious or messed up, will dislodge their base. Keep it up Microsoft. I think you are in for an unpleasant surprise.

As for you Garry K... how much does Microsoft pay you to show up in forums and praise the machine? Pathetic.
Posted by GIRv2.0 (4 comments )
Link Flag
My XP WORKS!!!
And when I need to use my computer that's all that counts. The two weeks I spent trying to get Vista up to speed were not worth and I ended up cutting my losses and going back to XP. Not a problem since!
Posted by frankz00 (196 comments )
Link Flag
I'd be richer than you
You keep your dollar for every XP problem, I'll keep my dollars
from Vista problems. Let's just see who's retiring to the French
riviera first okay.


You'll have to excuse me. I need to reprogram my registrys, my
lanmanserver is screwed up...again.

At least thanks to vista, ive been trained in a new skill:
Computer Programing.


Anyone know where I can pick up a copy of ME?
Posted by Vandikar1 (1 comment )
Link Flag
Why Should We Have To "Suck It Up"???
When it's our money that's buying a new computer but not our decision whether to have Vista on it.

If I ordered (or Installed by choice) a computer with Vista on it then I would say your comments are relevant but since you can hardly get a computer without Vista already on it then your "Suck It Up" comment is totally irrelevant.

All OS's have their good and bad sides but if you look at the number of comments from people that have had bad experiences with Vista and have experience with XP then you will see that although XP has it's quirks they just don't like Vista.

In the end it is their money that Microsoft is looking for so to just say "Suck It Up" to me means that you are telling us we have no choice when in fact we do. Being in IT just one of those choices is not buying, recommending, or supporting Vista.

Your comment about not being able to "deal with a new OS" is not just irrelevant it's just plain dumb. For those of us that have dealt with MS from the DOS days we have dealt with many upgrades and we considered them upgrades but Vista is different and is a resource hog other than those two things I don't see the "upgrade" in it.
Posted by fred dunn (793 comments )
Link Flag
"...release of the service sack."
"waiting to deploy the operating system until the release of the service sack."
Posted by jeolmeun (49 comments )
Reply Link Flag
I have to wonder if that was intentional
since 'p' and 's' are on opposite sides of the keyboard.
Posted by Fuze44 (1 comment )
Link Flag
2 years?
Vistas only been arouns a year. It came out jan 31st 2007. I agree though thats its not good. I use XP after trying to use vista for most of the alst year.
Posted by iertry (146 comments )
Reply Link Flag
What a mistake
I've already had my camcorder's computer interface rendered useless by Vista, and now this. I should have bought a computer with XP. Vista has given me nothing but problems.
Posted by sliptip1 (16 comments )
Reply Link Flag
That's the beuty of "Choice"!
You don't get one!

Now that Vista is out, you can't get a preloaded machine with XP. Instead, you must shop the retail market for an XP license. Now the old saw about the cost of the OS being essentially "nothing" because it is included in the price of the machine is busted flat. A retail XP Pro license is approximately $250USD.

Good luck
Posted by marvswett (24 comments )
Link Flag
Can't get drivers?
You're in for a round of finger-pointing between camcorder manufacturer and MS. Camcorder will be unwilling to re-write drivers for old (that means what they aren't currently making) equipment, and will blame MS for changing the driver protocols / interfaces. I got bitten (once) buying a printer that had all its GDI rendering inside the computer, and the manufacturer who I wont embarrass by naming, (the first letter of the company is Nippon) only produced 95/98 drivers. Bah.
Posted by meski.oz (100 comments )
Link Flag
Sticking with XP!
I see no reason whatsoever to move from XP. I had high hopes that more things would work with SP1, not less!
Posted by martinburger (2 comments )
Reply Link Flag
ms vista sp1 will break these programs
Fix it then; ms - can't you see your whole process is broken. The practice of one company controlling everything just doesn't work. It takes more people than you can hire and enslave to write good software. Deal with it. And don't ask people to send you bug reports either - or try to make-believe you are some kind of open source advocate all of a sudden now. . . liars.
Posted by the_piano_man (53 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Stupid and stupider
When will this foolishnes end?

When will Microsoft smarten up?

For crying out load! Whats wrong with all of this.

I am a Vista user at home and I HATE IT PERIOD. Used for over a year. I use XP a lot on several computers at work, and I build many ITX computers using XP for machines. WHAT A DIFFERANCE!!!!

I am sure the Microsoft Boot lickers are going to answer to this, but can't you see I am truly upset with this.

They where supposed to fix it and they only made it worse then ever.

I really wish I could be there to fire some people!
Posted by Ted Miller (305 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Did you read the list?
If you read the list, new versions are available for virtually all of the applications which are affected.

Why do you 'hate' Vista? or do you just hate change?
Posted by BLACK HAL0 (9 comments )
Link Flag
Vista has made me a believer. OS X for me!
MS Windows Vista is a useless operating system that has made every attempt to function like the MAC OS X. Windows XP is at least functional, supportive for all your applications and relatively reasonable in the way it utilizes resources for both hardware and software solutions. OS X simply works, intuitive (especially when it comes to media related items) and has great support for MAC hardware and software. Apple continues to evolve it's Operating system and thinks outside the box. Pair up their Intel hardware with their Operating System and you can run BOTH Windows and MAC on the same machine....wait, you can even run Linux natively via Terminal Window. When will Microsoft get a clue?

I have gone back and forth about what kind of system I want to buy for my next home computer. And Windows Vista is the primary reason why I'll put up the money and buy a MAC. Why pay for two, when you can run both on one. Now if only Apple will lower it's darn prices so the rest of us can afford their gear.
Posted by danwade (1 comment )
Reply Link Flag
Vista has meade me a believer of the OS X for me too!!!
I bought a beautiful HP desktop computer that came with Windows Vista OS. It's unfortunate the desktop came with Vista because I wound up taking the computer back to Costco. Within a weeks time, I got the blue screen of death twice, Vista is an absolute joke. With the refund, I put it down on a iMac and have had NO regrets. As you said, simply stated, the Mac OS works. It did take all of about an hour to get used to it, but in the end, best darned computer on the market. As for the price, use your tax refund or economic stimulous check you'll receive in May to help cover the cost, you won't regret going with Apple, I know I didn't.
Posted by rdox (1 comment )
Link Flag
Great you have an OS and no choice in software!
"Vista is useless"? How do you quantify this? You are repeating the same garbage people said about XP when it was released "Oh they are trying to mimic a Mac" ***?! I said the same thing about Mac when I had my Amiga! Sorry, but Apple wasn't the first to market a GUI OS.

Windows in an OS made to run on a PC. You can run another OS on the PC if you choose. You buy Apple, you get locked into its limited software and hardware choices.
Posted by BLACK HAL0 (9 comments )
Link Flag
Tell Apple they have the best, but you want it cheap?
About your last sentence:
The more you tell Apple how good their product is the more you can expect to pay for it. That's called Marketing and includes "all the market will bear."
Posted by cpmjohn (4 comments )
Link Flag
Exactly why I bought a iMac
It just works!

I was a 15-year windows user and switched to an iMac within the past month. No regrets what so ever. I've had a small learning curve but nothing compared to what I would have gone through buying a new Vista machine. I have talked to 8 people who bought a Vista machine and they absolutely hate it. And have found only one person who actually loves it.
Posted by dolynn (7 comments )
Link Flag
Vista is Apple's best Selling Point....
I am not a Mac person but I work in a University that supports both. All of our students have to choose between a Mac laptop or a Dell Laptop.
Before Vista the students chose 90% Wintel and 10% Mac. This year it has been 55% Wintel and 45% Mac, that is a big difference.
I am not a big fan of proprietary hardware but with the OS's (not Linux) becoming more and more complex and bloated proprietary hardware is starting to look good especially when it has been shown to run Vista faster than a comparable Wintel laptop.

Our computer store is now even starting to sell more Macs to departments which WERE almost exclusively WinTel.

Vista is the best reason to buy a Mac. I support the desktops ~6000 centrally so besides the PCs I have I am requesting an iMac 20" (24 to big) so that I can get more familiar with applescript and the shell scripting which I do for our PC side.
Posted by fred dunn (793 comments )
Link Flag
I gave Vista many MANY chances
I have given Vista many chances, I've gone through 5 of my friends newly bought - Vista Operated - laptops, and I just gave up!

For the first time ever I find myself forced to either downgrade to XP or leave the windows platform! What the hell were they thinking?? What happened to the control panel? Why is it so disorganized? I can't find anything I'm looking for, the system keeps crashing (4 of the 5 laptops that came factory installed with Vista froze and gave errors at least once in the first week of usage WITHOUT installing ANY third party apps!), the system is INCREDIBLY slow for a brand new dual core, and to top it all off, the wireless connection keeps disconnecting, and I couldn't figure out how to go in an edit the connection settings and passwords!!

Every single owner of these 5 laptops requested the same thing: "Can I get my old version of MS office back? I can't use this version! I can't find anything I want!"

I'm looking at the new Leopard OS. If I like what I see I might switch to Apple for the first time in 20 years!

The other option is Linux, there is quite a lot of user friendly distributions out there nowadays.
Posted by hellfang (21 comments )
Link Flag
Have cake and eat it too
Why does everyone relate Windows automatically to being PC. People don't want windows, so they pony up about double what they should spend on a system and buy a Mac.

If you don't want windows, go have a shop build a decent PC. It will be about the same price, and you can put whatever you want on it. It's really depressing to see people buying Macs because they think its the only way they can get a useful linux OS. Try Ubuntu, Gentoo, or SUSE.
Posted by thrca (23 comments )
Link Flag
Fruedian Slip?
"many companies have been waiting to deploy the operating system until the release of the service sack"

Sack is right!
Posted by frankz00 (196 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Are you paying for the upgrade?
It was going to cost me $1000 extra in software upgrades to become Vista compatible with software that already worked. That and lack of support for half of my hardware just wasn't worth it. I'm using XP until it dies.
Posted by frankz00 (196 comments )
Reply Link Flag
No New York Times Reader is Good
Disabling the New York Times Reader should be considered a feature not a defect
Posted by rogueDBA (1 comment )
Reply Link Flag
My Application Runs as if without SP1
I haven't found single application error since I have installed SP1 about 1 week ago. I have number of applications and games installed on my machine. SP1 works without much different, except for the more stability, but sadly, there're no major improvements, like WinXP SP2.
Posted by Gunady (191 comments )
Reply Link Flag
VISTA - ME
The Microsoft Monster continues to consume all in its path. World domination is at hand. What was life like before Bill and his brood?
Posted by terrylparks (1 comment )
Reply Link Flag
I remember it, it was nice...
The Internet was secure. There was no such thing as ActiveX, or page scripting to compromise your system. Everything happened in secure, discrete, autonomous post or get transactions and were almost exclusively text markup operations, no invoking other arbitrary code.

Network usage only occured when you actually were using the net.

E-mail was secure using only the free SMTP protocol, even with binary attachments, because you had to manually save them and execute, rather than automatically running that trojan the moment you recieved it, thanks to M$ and OE default settings.

Chat was safe when using the original free IRC protocol, but now everyone wraps a web interface around it so they can track, monitor, send adware, spyware, whatever.

Newsgroups were great free resources, and very secure with anonymous capability, using the free NNTP protocol, again its now wrapped in web intefaces and renamed 'blogs', for the same tracking, monitoring and advertising purposes. (it really is the same basic function).

I was a part of the Internet before the WWW, before M$, when all you had to do was go to your local University and apply for an account, there was a filing fee, but after that usage was free!!!!

Gone are those glorious days....I miss them so....
Posted by chash360 (394 comments )
Link Flag
Service Sack?
Sounds dirty to me...
Posted by holstein9 (1 comment )
Reply Link Flag
We've fixed the typo
Should be "stack." Thanks.
Posted by Zoe Slocum (42 comments )
Link Flag
Bogus Report- Misleading
Um, the Microsoft page linked in this article says for each of the affected programs there is an updated version that DOES run with SP1.

Kind of a misleading headline, eh?

Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 Trend Micro <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://esupport.trendmicro.com/support/enterprise/search.do?cmd=displayKC&#38;docType=kc&#38;externalId=PUB-en-1036628" target="_newWindow">http://esupport.trendmicro.com/support/enterprise/search.do?cmd=displayKC&#38;docType=kc&#38;externalId=PUB-en-1036628</a> (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://esupport.trendmicro.com/support/enterprise/search.do?cmd=displayKC&#38;docType=kc&#38;externalId=PUB-en-1036628" target="_newWindow">http://esupport.trendmicro.com/support/enterprise/search.do?cmd=displayKC&#38;docType=kc&#38;externalId=PUB-en-1036628</a>) A supported version (16.1 or a later version) is now available.
Zone Alarm Security Suite 7.1 Zone Alarm <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/vista.jsp?dc=12bms&#38;ctry=US&#38;lang=en" target="_newWindow">http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/vista.jsp?dc=12bms&#38;ctry=US&#38;lang=en</a> (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/vista.jsp?dc=12bms&#38;ctry=US&#38;lang=en" target="_newWindow">http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/vista.jsp?dc=12bms&#38;ctry=US&#38;lang=en</a>) A supported version (7.1.218.0 or a later version) is now available.
Posted by GHammer (1 comment )
Reply Link Flag
yes and
it was only 12 apps that were affected.....most of which, I'd never heard of. Just typical MS bashing. Very misleading. I wonder if they get their reporters from the NY times.
Posted by suyts (824 comments )
Link Flag
Its 12 applications total
So the number of application that will the upgrade will break is
12. Of these half are security products. What's interesting about
this is that SP1 is designed, in part, to give security product
vendors official hooks into the kernel as opposed to the hacks
they are using now. So it actually makes a certain amount of
sense that these products would no longer function properly.

I'm not sure of the reasons for the other failures but 6 apps isn't
a disaster or a huge issue.
Posted by rapier1 (2722 comments )
Reply Link Flag
So just delay deployment of Vista SP1
until those vendors can release updates that fix what breaks their software.

That is basically what happened to security software in Windows XP after SP1 and SP2 were released. You waited until third party security software vendors released updates, and then you applied them and applied SP1 or SP2 after that. History repeats itself!
Posted by Andy kaufman (291 comments )
Link Flag
No More Windows
Since Microsoft seems unable to create an operating system that works properly, and since their alleged fixes cause competing programs not to function, I am done with Windows.

I have ordered and will be installing Ubuntu, and converting my computers to Linux.

Open soruce is now the way to go for me, no more dealing with an operating system from the boys at Microsoft that does not work or is incompatible with my hardware.

No more WGA issues. No more unnecessary upgrades that break already installed programs. No more expense of a new operating system every 4 years that works worse than the last.


So long Bill Gates, your company has been pushing us harder and harder to go open source, personally, I am sorry I waited so long.
Posted by RicRoe (13 comments )
Reply Link Flag
No Panacea, but Good Choice
Expect your first couple of years with Linux to be somewhat frustrating, especially with wireless. You will also be spending more than a few hours tweaking the settings of your xorg.conf to get your monitors and graphics cards to reach their full potential. Once you have mastered these skills, however, you will begin to reap the benefits of stepping permanently off the Microsoft product churnmill.

Some products you may want to include in your repertoire of applications that will make your migration a bit easier: Codeweaver's wine and VMware's emulator. For those applications that run in the Windows environment that you absolutely cannot find as an open source equivalent, these two products will keep you rolling until there are workable native Linux solutions.

I've been using Linux since 1994 and been an exclusive Linux user since 1999. I've never looked back, but Mac certainly has gotten a second look.
Posted by marvswett (24 comments )
Link Flag
Linux != Rose Garden
I use win2k on a daily basis and have played with many different versions of linux over the past 8 years. For my personal use I will gladly purchase an MS product for my next system over any thing else. I think Linux has more hardware issues than anything else. Lets see you load a system with linux and get a printer up and running. Trying to get simple things setup like printers is not even as good as windows 3.1 or OS/2 was. I just want to print I dont care how it works! If your car was Linux you would need to know how the engine worked and everything else just to get to work!
I am not an MS fan at all, but use what works and gets my work done.
Posted by mlinder69-21063211865664677784 (36 comments )
Link Flag
Big Deal!
12 programs that I don't even use anyway. I just upgraded to a Vista Home Premium machine and it has been a slice of heaven. It runs MS-Office 2003 Pro and a lot of older legacy software as well. Whatever Vista cannot run, you can run Windows XP in Virtual PC or VMWare for free. PC Direct just has a sale for $76 for a copy of an OEM version of Windows XP Home Edition SP1a that will work great in a virtual machine under Vista. <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.pcdirect.com/product.asp?Sku=MSWINXPHOME%2DSP1A&#38;pid=4&#38;promo=" target="_newWindow">http://www.pcdirect.com/product.asp?Sku=MSWINXPHOME%2DSP1A&#38;pid=4&#38;promo=</a>
Most Vista machines have hardware virtualization so you can get 3D graphics, etc under Virtual PC and VMWare, and if you have a dual core system you won't notice any slowdown as long as you can allocate at least 512M of RAM to the virtual machine for XP to use.
Posted by Andy kaufman (291 comments )
Reply Link Flag
I haven't to you lately so here it is:
You are a major league IDIOT! Does Microsoft pay you or something? Are you on drugs?
Posted by The_happy_switcher (2175 comments )
Link Flag
How Ironic
The most unsecure OS on the planet has an "update" that breaks the very tools that makes Windows barely usable.

MS software engineering at its finest!
Posted by The_Decider (3097 comments )
Reply Link Flag
has bush and microsoft been in our computers?
what is the real thing georgy porgy is weiniey cheney are trying to hide along with vodkafeld or what ever the senile old mans name was who was to incompetent to actually answer quuestions to congress on c-span. when will photo shop and other graphics programs run on linux or when will we get a new operating system that doesnt run roughshod over everyone especially ones they target to be incompatable with. its a shame even apples new operating system is a micrsofty product thats why i will never update to thier new crap. i never thought apple would sellout like that but they apparently got bought out or caved to the pressure or maybe they had no choice when they went to intel chips but i would rather have a alittle slower computer that wasnt part of geaorge bushes invade your computer spying program. or what other valid reason could he have for not wanting people to know what he has actually done.. is maybe he has been in all of outr computers with microsofts help. would somebody check the liars sometime soon please
Posted by artistkvip (4 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Strange
"what is the real thing georgy porgy is weiniey cheney are trying to hide along with vodkafeld or what ever the senile old mans name was.."

Keep the medication bottle a little closer to the keyboard and your messages will make more sense.

"i never thought apple would sellout like that but they apparently got bought out or caved to the pressure or maybe they had no choice when they went to intel chips.."

I can't speak for Apple, but I believe the reason for dumping IBM and Motorola for Intel had something to do with the fact that Darwin was based on BSD. BSD, although ported to just about every architecture you can think of, is most widely supported on the x86 architecture. This was a strategic decision on the part of Apple who was looking for a *NIX chassis for their homegrown Desktop. What you see in the OSX series since the transition is an extremely flexible development platform underlying an extremely sharp looking (and responding) user-interface.

The underlying chipset has very little to do with it.

"but i would rather have a alittle slower computer that wasnt part of geaorge bushes invade your computer spying program."

The tinfoil hat is sitting next to your medication bottle.
Posted by marvswett (24 comments )
Link Flag
Problems what problems?
This will be fixed in service pack 2.
Posted by abbottpark (42 comments )
Link Flag
STORY NOT TRUE: Times Reader works fine on SP1
The Times Reader had a bug that SP1 exposed.
NYT patched that LAST NOVEMBER. Only if you were running a OLD version of the app (ie. not using it at all, not logging into NYT) would you be able to run into this bug.
Posted by GeniusEvil (4 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Winblows hits keep coming
Ha ha. These headlines are hilarious.
Posted by The_happy_switcher (2175 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Not as funny as..
The Apple][ is now obsolete, you need to buy a Lisa and all new programs.
The Lisa is obsolete, you need to buy a Mac and get all new programs.
The MacOS has been replaced by a Unix based OS, you'll need to replace all your programs.
The Mac now uses an Intel processor, you'll need to buy a new Mac and all new programs.

Gee, I can still run most programs written for early versions of DOS, Windows 3.0, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP on my Windows Vista machine. A number of programs for each of those OSes have fallen as well but the simple fact remains that the majority of programs are still usable.

And you think you've got something to gloat about?
Posted by krosavcheg (262 comments )
Link Flag
Your right !!!!
The headlines are hilarious. Kinda reminds me of the NY times type of reporting. Misleading headlines, as if many apps weren't going to work, there were only 12 fairly obscure apps listed in MS's report. Incomplete reporting.....MS also listed where to go to get working apps for SP1. Innuendo ridden "news" story as if there were any real problems (no details given)with the Vista deployment. I certainly haven't experienced any and plan to use Vista with all new PCs deployed in the office.
Posted by suyts (824 comments )
Link Flag
So do the CRapple hits
I don't consider it as damaging as bricking an iphone with an update or as devestating as the file move routine in leopard which deleted files before the copy was complete. When will the Macboy's realize that nothing is perfect, and that includes both microsoft and apple products.

BTW, don't like the CRapple reference? Then don't refer to it as Winblows.
Posted by Seaspray0 (9714 comments )
Link Flag
 

Join the conversation

Add your comment

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Click here to review our Terms of Use.

What's Hot

Discussions

Shared

RSS Feeds

Add headlines from CNET News to your homepage or feedreader.