Actually, Ben, it is the 'programs' that are not compatible with Vista, not
the other way around. Many software developer's don't even bother testing
their products on a new operating system until it is finally released; there
is then a mad panic to get updates available as quickly as possible to help
solve the problem. If you program has compatibility issues with Vista then
the program developer has either created a free patch to help it become
compatible or they have bought out a newer version of the program that they
want you to buy.
There are perhaps three options:
1/ Check the program developers website to see if there is an upgrade/newer
2/ If no upgrade or newer program is available you could try installing in
compatibility mode (doesn't always work, but worth a try). Locate the
programs setup.exe file and right click on it. From the drop down menu,
select Properties. In the properties box click the compatibility tab. In the
compatibility mode section place a tick in the box next to the 'run this
program in compatibility mode for' option. From the box beneath this option
select Windows XP (Service pack 2) and then click OK. Now try installing the
3/ If it still doesn't work you are either going to have to forget about it
or create a dual boot system to run windows XP and Vista. Of course you will
have to boot to XP every time you want to use that particular application.
Alternatively, you could try virtual machine software such as Virtual PC
2007 (free). However you must have a good amount of memory 1.5 to 2GB or
more on your Vista machine to run a virtual machine from within Vista. You
can then install windows XP on the virtual machine and also install the
programs that don't work on Vista.
John Barnett MVP
Windows - Shell/User
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"Ben" <Ben@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Why is vista not compatible with many programs?
> I have tried to install musicmatch jukebox which is to connect my jukebox
> my pc but i get a message saying vista has compatability issues with the
> Could anybody help or Know any alernatives?