Software compatability

Discussion in 'Installation & Compatibility' started by GOLINUX, Jun 5, 2007.

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    GOLINUX

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    I'm a new user on this forum, and I searched the other posts, but no one has anything about software compatability. I jsut need to know what software works on Vista that works on XP as well.
     
    GOLINUX, Jun 5, 2007
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    Almost all of it will by now. At launch there were problems, but once you install and download all the latest updates. If you are using x32 you should have little to no problems w/ software. Now games may be another question. Your best bet is to install and see what works and what doesn't. IT can very from pc, but 90% of XP software should work on Vista x32, x64 is a whole new world.
     
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    Probably why you won't find much info on what you're asking is because the focus has been on compatibility with Vista FROM XP, not the other way around.



    As a general rule, software falls into the following two categories:

    1) Software updated from XP for Vista

    2) Software written specifically for Vista.



    Most of the application software is the first type -- it existed in XP and was updated for Vista. In that case, the Vista version will most probably work well in XP.



    Most of the driver software is of the second type -- it had to be rewritten for Vista, and only the XP version will work in XP.



    Then, there's the hybrid stuff -- application software that relies heavily on drivers to work properly. Primary examples of this are the apps that support Video and Audio functions. In these cases, the vendors produce XP-specific and Vista-specific versions of their software.



    As a heads-up, go to the vendor site and check their info on the software. If it says updated for Vista, you're probably OK for XP.



    But, as Jason has indicated, the only real way to tell, is to install the Vista version in CP and see what happens. While Vista has a "compatibility mode" that will allow most XP-based software to run, XP has no "Vista-compatibility" mode.
     
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