"The List" – Which Applications Work on Windows Vista?

What is probably the most common question I get regarding application compatibility? “Can you just give me a list of all of the applications that work on Windows Vista?” Sounds easy, huh? Well, it’s not quite that easy. First of all, there is the obvious problem of claiming that any software works at all. If…


Don’t (Version) Lie to Groove

I’m working with a customer on their migration from Windows 2000 to Windows Vista. And, as you might expect, they have built up quite a collection of software that explicitly checks to see if it is running on Windows 2000. Not Windows 2000 or higher, but Windows 2000. So, we’re using a lot of Win2000SP3VersionLie….


Shimming Applications for Terminal Services on Windows Server

When addressing difficult application compatibility issues, there are some things you just can’t fix. Some applications will never work on Windows Vista, shims or no shims. For example, I was debugging one application that happened to be written in Visual Basic 4.0 16-bit. (Ah, the days when you would pick the bitness in Visual Basic….