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List Of Vista-Incompatible Apps

There’s a wiki collecting a list of applications incompatible with Windows Vista, as well as those known to work and those known to have some problems. Included in the incompatible lists are software like some versions of Nero (if you install it under XP and then upgrade to Vista, as I did, you’ll be fine), some older versions of AVG Antivirus, Roxio Easy Media Creator, Microsoft Expression Web, Azureus (bit torrent), ZoneAlarm Pro, Rhapsody, Microsoft Money 2006.

On the other hand, many security products do seem to work fine, despite popular belief. In the “working” list are Ad-aware SE Personal, Spybot - Search & Destroy, McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, Norton 360 Beta, Symantec Antivirus, as well as Adobe Premiere Pro (can confirm that one myself), DVD Decrypter, WinRAR, Half-Life 2, Photoshop CS2, DivX, QuickTime, Winamp, AOL Instant Messenger, Google Talk, Skype, Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2003, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Earth, Google Picasa, RocketDock, and tons of other applications.

Lucky for all of us, even at this early date, almost everything works with Vista. I’ve yet to encounter a serious problem. Microsoft should be compiling this public list, but at least someone is.

My only real problem is with applications disabling Aero Glass. In fact, if anyone at Microsoft wants to explain how I can turn off the preference that shuts off Aero every single time Quicktime loads, I’d be a very happy boy.
(via Mary Jo Foley)

September 27th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Applications, Windows, Vista | 6 comments
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  1. I am running Azureus 2.5 with no problems under Vista 5728. It does disable the Aero glass while running.

    Comment by Fred Beiderbecke | 9/27/2006

  2. So, when Apple updates Tiger, will there need to be a list of “it works” and “it doesn’t”?

    Didn’t think so.

    Comment by Shawn | 9/28/2006

  3. Shawn: That’s a smart arguement. You know, because when OS X launched, there were no OS 9 apps that didn’t work with it.

    Oh, wait, almost nothing worked. Whoops.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | 9/28/2006

  4. The list includes some obsolete versions of AVG Anti-Virus. Actually, both Free and Pro versions of AVG Anti-virus are fully compatible with Vista, including the RC1 and the latest post-RC1 public build. Some older AVG versions are not, which is understandable, given the changes in Vista RC1 - but all current builds of AVG are compatible. Older versions can be easily updated using the AVG built-in update mechanism to the latest build.

    Best regards
    Karel Obluk

    Comment by Karel Obluk | 9/28/2006

  5. Also, the page mentioned lists _compatible_ applications - so AVG is actually listed as a compatible one (which is correct)
    Karel Obluk

    Comment by Karel Obluk | 9/28/2006

  6. Karel, are the updates free? Also, AVG antivirus is listed both under the compatible and incompatible lists, both of which are on that same page.

    I’ve updated my post to clarify that only older versions have issues.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | 9/28/2006

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