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    Older software compatibility with W8

    Is W8 sophisticated enough to be able to run software that was created to work in Vista and W7, or will there be compatibility issues? I would expect Office 2003 to still work on W8, but for 3rd parties like Adobe software, I wonder...

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    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)

    So far, everything I run seems to work just fine.

    Even games, now that I've sorted the openGL issues.

    One notable exception was SIW, but it WAS an
    older version to begin with.
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    64-bit Windows 10

    They should be fine, but if they don't run properly, then you could give compatibility mode a try.

    You can also check you programs for compatibility here:

    Hope this helps
    Last edited by Brink; 24 Sep 2012 at 17:37. Reason: typo
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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)

    Um, yes, sorry about that.

    Brink is correct.

    Some progs do need to be run/installed using Compatibility Mode.
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    Posts : 245
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    Good tips... thanks Brink.
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    Thanks for your testimony, Kat. And thanks Brink for that compatibility list. Really useful. I guess it is to be taken with a "grain of salt", as some users will report incompatibility when there might be other factors unique to their system. But as long as you see at least a good 50% or more voting compatible, that's a good sign.
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    Wimdows 8

    A policy I would suggest to Microsoft is that when an OS version "goes off support" that they provide a downloadble "virtual machine version" for the current "still on support" OS's. The inability to run legacy software is a thing that holds many people back from upgrading to a new OS, including me. I have programs that I absolutely HAVE TO BE ABLE TO RUN on some of the machines that I use, so I will stick with an "off support" version just to be able to run that software. The notion of having to "buy a license" to the older version, install it separately, fight with getting a virtual machine set up correctly, etc. etc. is just too much hassle (and often doesn't work).

    I'm fighting exactly that right now. I have a PC that is the controller for a CAM machine. Said PC just "croaked", and I need a new machine quickly. The only ones available quickly are loaded with Windows 8. I have spent much of the past two days fighting to get the software to run. FAR better to simply be able to go to "compatibility mode", choose "7", "Vista", "XP", "Millenium" (well, maybe not Millenium), "98" or even "3.1 and DOS", and then load my software and KNOW that it will run on the new machine.

    I suspect the result of such a policy would be a much faster hardware AND software upgrade cycle.
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