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  1. Introduction: This list was created for the purpose of documenting final releases of programs, drivers, and hardware to support Microsoft® Windows Vista™ and Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008, as well as software that continues to support these operating systems. It is actively maintained by the Windows Vista community here on MSFN and edited by myself, so if you have any additions that you'd like to suggest that aren't on the list currently, feel free to reply with them and I will add them as soon as possible. However, please avoid suggesting abandoned, useless, obsolete, or deprecated pieces of software (especially web browsers) that have been discontinued on Windows as a whole. If the software was well known and widely used (i.e. Winamp, Apple Quicktime), then the addition is welcome. IMPORTANT: DO NOT provide links to pirated software, or software that is not hosted by the software vendor (without permission from the vendor), as that will not be tolerated by MSFN per rules 1a, 1b, 1c, and 1d. The information listed here is subject to change at any time, so while something might be supporting Vista when you view the list, it could very well stop supporting it the next day, so bookmarking the list and checking back every so often is encouraged if you make use of this list, whether you're a Windows Vista/Server 2008 system admin or enthusiast. Quick links: Windows 95 version of this thread • Windows 98 version of this thread • Windows 2000 version of this thread *NOTE: It is unknown why this occurs, but clicking on the following update links may randomly send you to an "Error 404" page. If this occurs, just refresh the page until the proper download page appears. Download Service Pack 1 update from Microsoft: Vista 32 bit • Vista 64 bit Download Service Pack 2 update from Microsoft: Vista/2008 32 bit • Vista/2008 64 bit Download Platform Update from Microsoft: Vista 32 bit • Vista 64 bit • Server 2008 32 bit • Server 2008 64 bit *If your system has no service packs installed, SP1 must be installed before installing SP2, as SP2 is not cumulative, meaning that it only includes updates released since SP1, not before SP1. If you're running Windows Server 2008, SP1 is not needed as Server 2008 was released in conjunction with SP1, so Microsoft already included the update in all Server 2008 installation media sold since release. Fix Windows Update getting stuck on "Checking for Updates" in Windows Vista YouTube tutorial (by me) Get security updates for Windows Vista until 2020 YouTube tutorial (by me; big thanks to MSFN user greenhillmaniac for maintaining the Server 2008 update repository). Get TLS 1.1/1.2 support in Vista's Internet Explorer 9 tutorial (by MSFN member VistaLover) List (valid as of March 2018): Key: $$$ - Paid software | FREE - Free software | CS - Closed Source | OS - Open Source | UNS - Not officially supported on Vista, but still works | ONG - Support ongoing; continues to support Vista Web Browsers: Note: Any browser not marked as (ONG) no longer receives major updates and may have trouble displaying websites correctly as time goes on. For the best experience, I personally recommend you choose a browser marked (ONG), as these browsers continue to be actively updated on Vista. Independently based: K-Meleon on Goanna by roytam1 (FREE, OS, ONG) Visit this K-Meleon Forum thread to get the latest version. Lunascape (FREE, CS, ONG) Supports IE7-9 (Trident), Gecko, and Webkit rendering engines. Maxthon (FREE, CS, ONG) Supports IE7-9 (Trident) and Webkit rendering engines, as of version 3.0. Otter Browser (FREE, CS, ONG) Must use "Windows XP or later" installer; "Windows 7 or later" version does not work. Polarity Portable 8.4.4 (FREE, OS) [Feb. 2017] Download from FileHippo here. No longer supported by Polarity as of Feb. 25, 2017. QupZilla 1.8.9 (FREE, OS) [Nov. 2015] The installer for 2.0.1 gives an unknown error, and 2.0.2 will run but crashes the OS when trying to load pages. Later versions simply don't work. Windows Internet Explorer 9 (FREE, CS) [Mar. 2011] Requires SP2 & Platform Update. To download from Microsoft, click here. Security updates for IE9 on Server 2008 continue to be released, and these updates can be manually applied to Vista as well. View my YouTube tutorial here for more details. Chromium based: Advanced Chrome v54.x (FREE, OS) [Mar. 2017] Still receives security updates as of Jan. 2018. Based on a combination of Chromium 51, 54, and 48. Download from vendor here. Chedot Browser v51.0.2704.5311 (FREE, OS) [Jan. 2017] Based on Chromium 51.x. Download from vendor here. Citrio Browser v50.0.2661.276 (FREE, OS) [May 2017] Based on Chromium 50.x. Download from vendor here. Comodo Dragon 46.9.15.425 (FREE, OS) [Jan. 2016] Based on Chromium 46.x. Download from FileHorse here. Epic Browser Version 58.0.3300.190 (FREE, OS, UNS) [June 2017] Based on Chromium 58. Download archived installer here: Epic Browser v58 silent installer for Vista (mega.co.nz) Google Chrome 49.0.2623.112m (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] Download from Google directly here (visiting the main Chrome download page no longer works). Google Chrome 50.0.2661.102m (FREE, OS, UNS) [Apr. 2016] Download from FilePuma: 32 bit 64 bit (After downloading, extract the file using the file extraction software of your choice [such as 7zip]. After extracting, run Chrome.exe directly, and the browser should run just fine in Windows Vista). Opera 36.0.2130.80 (FREE, OS) [Aug. 2016] Based on Chromium 49; will likely receive no further updates. Download from vendor here. Opera 37.0.2178.54 (FREE, OS, UNS) [May 2016] Based on Chromium 50; no longer updated. Download from vendor here. Simply extract the installer with 7zip after downloading and run Opera.exe from within the extracted folder, and the browser should run just fine. Slimjet 10.0.13 (FREE, OS) [Feb. 2017] Based on Chromium 50. Will most likely receive no further updates. To download from vendor, click here. Slimjet 11.0.8 (FREE, OS) [July 2016] Based on Chromium 51; no longer updated. Download from vendor here. Slimjet 12.0.15 (FREE, OS, UNS) [Jan. 2017] Based on Chromium 53; no longer updated. Has minor font spacing issues with some pages. Download from vendor here. UC Browser (FREE, CS, ONG) Based on Chromium 55. Vivaldi 1.0 stable (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] Based on Chromium 49; no longer updated. To download from vendor, click here. Yandex Browser v17.4.0.2461 (FREE, OS) [Mar. 2017] Based on Chromium 57; no longer updated. Download unavailable; sorry for the inconvenience. Mozilla Firefox based: Basilisk by roytam1 (FREE, OS, ONG) View this MSFN thread to get the latest build. This is a custom build of the Basilisk browser to add XP/Vista support to this new browser. The UI of the current version of the browser looks somewhat broken on Vista due to lack of proper Aero/DWM utilization, since the browser is mainly targeted at XP. The browser's functionality doesn't suffer. Cocoon (FREE, OS, UNS, ONG) Not likely to support Vista much longer, as the latest version is currently based on the last version of Firefox compatible with Vista without rework (Firefox 52 ESR). Comodo IceDragon (FREE, OS, ONG) Not likely to support Vista much longer, as the latest version is currently based on the last version of Firefox compatible with Vista without rework (Firefox 52 ESR). Cyberfox 52.x (FREE, OS, UNS, ONG) Requires modifications to run; view this post for more details. The browser's development will cease when Firefox 52 ESR is no longer being updated (June 2018). GNU IceCat 38.8.0 (FREE, OS) [May 2016] Download from GNU.org FTP here. Mozilla Firefox 52.x ESR (FREE, OS, ONG) [Mar. 2017] Will receive security updates until June 2018, according to the release schedule. Download from Mozilla here. Mozilla Firefox 53.0.3 (FREE, OS, UNS) [May 2017] Requires modification to the application executable using PEMAKER to run; view this MSFN post for more details. Codec support is broken; using Firefox 52 ESR instead is advised. Download from Mozilla FTP here (choose your language/country from the listing, and you should then be directed to a page to download the appropriate installer). New Moon by roytam1 (FREE, OS, ONG) View this MSFN thread to get the latest build. Requires SP2, Platform Update, and Platform Update Supplement. Originally intended to reinstate XP support to the Pale Moon browser, New Moon also works on Windows Vista and will benefit users of the operating system after the 28.0 release of Pale Moon, when Vista support will likely be dropped. *If you're switching from Pale Moon, Directwrite font rendering does not work in New Moon 64-bit so fonts may look slightly grainy by comparison. New Moon x86 isn't affected.* Pale Moon 27.9.x (FREE, OS, ONG) Requires SP2, Platform Update, and Platform Update Supplement to be installed. The 64-bit version doesn't properly support Vista's system codecs (MSE & H.264), so using the x86 version instead is advised. 27.9.x will likely be the final major release to support Vista, meaning no new features will be added from this point forward for Vista users, only security updates (for a limited time). View this post for more details. SeaMonkey 2.49.x (FREE, OS, ONG) [Nov. 2017] Download from vendor here. It is confirmed on the SeaMonkey site that this will be the final major release for Vista/2008. Tor Browser (FREE, OS, ONG) Not likely to support Vista much longer, as the latest version is currently based on the last version of Firefox compatible with Vista without rework (Firefox 52 ESR). Waterfox 53.0.3 (FREE, OS) [May 2017] 64-bit only. Download from vendor here. Re-adding Vista support in future releases has been discussed but nothing has come of it; View this K-Meleon Forum thread for more details. Web Browser Plug-ins: Adfender ($$$, CS, ONG) Requires SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). Adobe Flash Player (FREE, CS, ONG) Requires IE8 or later (for IE users). Adobe Shockwave Player (FREE, CS, ONG) Requires SP2 & IE7 or later (for IE users). Java SE 8 (FREE, CS, ONG) Last version of Java SE to include the web browser plugin. Requires IE9 (for IE users). Will stop receiving updates in January 2019 (for corporate use) and December 2020 (for personal use). AntiVirus & Security Software: Avast Free Antivirus (FREE, CS, ONG) Requires SP2. E-mail registration required after 30 days. Windows Vista Starter Edition is not supported. Avast Pro Antivirus ($$$, CS, ONG) Requires SP2. Trial available. Windows Vista Starter Edition is not supported. AVG Antivirus Free (FREE, CS, ONG) Requires SP2. Windows Vista Starter Edition is not supported. AVG Internet Security ($$$, CS, ONG) 30 day trial available. Windows Vista Starter Edition is not supported. Avira 2013, all paid editions ($$$, CS) Windows Server operating systems aren't supported. Avira Antivirus Free v15.0.9.504 (FREE, CS) Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 ($$$, CS) Bullguard Antivirus ($$$, CS, ONG) 30 day trial available. Bullguard Internet Security ($$$, CS, ONG) 60 day trial available. Bullguard Premium Protection ($$$, CS, ONG) 30 day trial available. Clamwin (FREE, CS, ONG) Comodo Antivirus For Servers ($$$, CS, ONG) For Windows Server 2008 only; Vista is not supported. Comodo Cloud Antivirus ($$$, CS, ONG) Comodo Cloud Scanner ($$$, CS, ONG) Comodo Free Antivirus (FREE, CS, ONG) Comodo Internet Security ($$$ & FREE versions available, CS, ONG) Emsisoft version 10 ($$$, CS) No longer receives database updates as of April 2016. Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.52 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download from Microsoft, click here. EMET will reach end of life on July 31, 2018. eScan, all editions ($$$, CS, ONG) ESET File Security for Windows Server ($$$, CS, ONG) 30 day trial available; supports Windows Server 2008. Windows Vista isn't supported. ESET Internet Security ($$$, CS, ONG) 30 day trial available. ESET NOD32 Antivirus ($$$, CS, ONG) 30 day trial available. ESET Smart Security ($$$, CS, ONG) 30 day trial available. FortiClient 5.2.4 ($$$, CS) G Data Business Solutions ($$$, CS, ONG) Requires at least SP1; SP2 recommended. The Mobile Administrator software requires Windows 7 or later. G Data Home Security Suite (Antivirus/Internet Security/Total Security) ($$$, CS) Last official versions of these pieces of software to support Vista is unknown, but are estimated to have stopped supporting Vista sometime in 2016. Kaspersky Antivirus 2017 ($$$, CS) Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Kaspersky Total Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Malwarebytes AdwCleaner (FREE, CS, ONG) Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit ($$$ & FREE versions available, CS, ONG) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit (FREE, CS, ONG) Malwarebytes Chameleon (FREE, CS, ONG) Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection ($$$, CS, ONG) Malwarebytes Free for Home (FREE, CS, ONG) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Malwarebytes Incident Response ($$$, CS, ONG) Trial available. Malwarebytes Premium for Home ($$$, CS, ONG) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. *The anti-ransomware protection component is only available on Windows 7/2008 R2 or higher. McAfee 2015 product suite ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10.209.0 (FREE, CS) No longer supports or functions on Windows Vista as of April 11, 2017. (ONG) on Server 2008 as of Jan. 2018. Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.47 - April 2017 (FREE, CS) Later versions don't work with Vista, but continue to support Windows Server 2008. Norton Family ($$$, CS, ONG) Will have reduced functionality as of June 2018. Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Norton Security ($$$, CS, ONG) Will have reduced functionality as of June 2018. Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Norton Small Business ($$$, CS, ONG) Will have reduced functionality as of June 2018. Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Panda Security ($$$, CS, ONG) Sandboxie (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) Officially requires Windows 7 or later; unofficially works on Vista. Vista compatibility could cease with any given update. Sophos Endpoint Security & Control ($$$, CS, ONG) Will continue to support Windows Vista until October 31, 2018. Sophos Server protection products ($$$, CS, ONG) Spybot version 2.4 Free Edition (FREE, CS) Download from vendor here. Spywareblaster (FREE, CS, ONG) SuperAntiSpyware ($$$ & FREE, CS, ONG) Free version is for personal use only. Paid version requires an annual subscription. SystemShield AntiVirus ($$$, CS, ONG) SystemShield AntiSpyware ($$$, CS, ONG) Trend Micro Antivirus+ 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ended on June 30, 2017. Trend Micro Internet Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ended on June 30, 2017. Trend Micro Maximum Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ended on June 30, 2017. Webroot, all editions ($$$, CS, ONG) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Windows Defender 1.1.1600.0 (FREE, CS) Should continue receiving definition updates until January 2020 via Windows Update. Alternatively, visit this Microsoft Security Portal site and scroll down to the chart to download the most recent definitions. Zonealarm Free firewall (FREE, CS, ONG) Requires SP2. Built-in System Components: DirectX 11.0 (FREE, CS) Will be automatically installed upon installation of SP2 and Platform Update. Windows Installer 4.5 (FREE, CS) Will be automatically installed upon installation of SP2. Windows Media Player 11.0.6002.18005 (FREE, CS) Will be automatically installed upon installation of SP2. Online Stores/Online Media Service Listing Program has been discontinued and is no longer available. Windows Search 4.0 (FREE, CS) Will be automatically installed upon installation of SP2. Instant Messaging/Internet Communication Software: If you want to use Discord, you must use the web version. Desktop application doesn't work. HexChat v.2.10.0 (FREE, CS) Pidgin (FREE, OS, ONG) Skype v7.36.0.150 (FREE, CS) Download here (link provided by MSFN user sdfox7). Skype v7.38.0.101 (FREE, CS, UNS) Download here (link provided by MSFN user sdfox7). TeamSpeak (FREE, CS, ONG) Telegram Desktop (FREE, OS, ONG) Trillian (FREE, CS, ONG) Yahoo! Messenger 11.5.0.228 (FREE, CS) Since this release will no longer connect to the Yahoo servers, you must use the web version of Yahoo Messenger. Blogging Software: Open Live Writer (FREE, OS, UNS, ONG) PDF Viewers: Adobe Acrobat Reader X v10.1.16 (FREE, CS) Download from Adobe here. No longer updated/supported by Adobe as of November 15, 2015. Adobe Acrobat Reader XI (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) Officially supports Server 2008; UNS on Vista. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC version 2015.10.20060 (FREE, CS, UNS) To learn how to install the software in Vista, view this YouTube tutorial, created by myself. Corel PDF Fusion ($$$, CS, ONG) Foxit PDF Reader (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) The last version to officially support Vista was version 7.3.4; the latest version works under Vista as of writing this. This could change at any time, though. Foxit PhantomPDF ($$$, CS, UNS, ONG) Free trial available. Despite not being officially supported, the latest version still works under Vista as of writing this. This could change at any time, though. Nitro PDF Reader (FREE, CS, ONG) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Nitro PDF Pro ($$$, CS, ONG) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. PDF-XChange Viewer Free Edition (FREE, CS, ONG) PDF-XChange Viewer Pro ($$$, CS, ONG) Sumatra PDF (FREE, OS, ONG) Office Suites: All versions of Microsoft Office listed are certified Vista-compatible by Microsoft here. Ability Office & Ability Office Professional ($$$, CS, ONG) Apache OpenOffice (FREE, OS, ONG) Corel WordPerfect Office X7 ($$$, CS) LibreOffice 5.4.x (FREE, OS, ONG) The 5.x line is the final major release to support Vista. When the final update to LibreOffice 5.x is released, this will be the last version of LibreOffice for Windows Vista. Microsoft Office XP SP3 ($$$, CS) Extended support ended on July 12, 2011. Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 ($$$, CS) Extended support ended on April 8, 2014. Microsoft Office 2007 SP3 ($$$, CS) Extended support ended on October 10, 2017. Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 ($$$, CS) Extended support will end on October 13, 2020. Content Consumption Software: AIMP (FREE, CS, ONG) Clementine Music Player (FREE, OS, ONG) Foobar2000 (FREE, CS, ONG) K-Lite, All Codec Packs (FREE, CS, ONG) Kodi 17.3 (FREE, OS) Download from vendor here. Leawo Blu-ray Player (FREE, CS, ONG) Media Player Classic Black Edition (FREE, OS, ONG) Media Player Classic Home Cinema (FREE, OS, ONG) mpv Media Player v0.25.0 (FREE, OS) Download from vendor: 32 bit 64 bit MPlayer (FREE, OS, ONG) MusicBee (FREE, CS, ONG) Potplayer (FREE, CS, ONG) PowerDVD 15 ($$$, CS) SMPlayer (FREE, OS, ONG) Spotify 1.0.24.104 (FREE, CS) Download from FileHippo here. Twitch Desktop App (FREE, CS, ONG) VLC Media Player 3.x (FREE, OS, ONG) Requires SP2 and Platform Update to be installed. It is confirmed here that this will be the final major version for Vista (and XP). Winamp 5.6 (FREE, CS) Winamp is abandoned as of 2013. Download from vendor here. Adobe Editing Software: All CS6 apps are $$$, CS, UNS. For official support, use the CS5.5 suite instead. Adobe After Effects CS6 Adobe Audition CS6 Adobe Director 12 ($$$, CS) Adobe Photoshop CS6 Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Dreamweaver CS6 Extendscript Toolkit CC Fireworks CS6 Flash Professional CS6 Illustrator CS6 InCopy CS6 InDesign CS6 Lightroom 4 ($$$, CS) Video & Photo Editing Software: ACDSee 17 ($$$, CS) ACDSee Pro 7 ($$$, CS) ACDSee Video Converter 4 ($$$, CS) ACDSee Video Studio v1.0.0.54 ($$$, CS) Avid Pro Tools 10 ($$$, CS, UNS) Requires modification of MSI installer with Orca to work.*Avid Virtual Instruments 10 doesn't work. Bandicam ($$$, CS, ONG) Free version with reduced functionality is available. CamStudio v2.7.2 (FREE, OS) Hasn't been updated on Windows as a whole since October 19, 2013 and is most likely abandoned. Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 ($$$, CS) CardWorks Business Card Designer ($$$, CS, ONG) Corel PaintShop Pro X7 ($$$, CS) Disketch Disc Label Software ($$$, CS, ONG) DrawPad Graphic Editor ($$$, CS, ONG) Fraps v3.5.99 (FREE, CS) Hasn't been updated on Windows as a whole since February 26, 2013 and is most likely abandoned. GIMP (FREE, OS, ONG) Handbrake 1.0.7 (FREE, OS) Download from vendor here. Image Composite Editor 2.0.3 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download from Microsoft, click here. IrfanView (FREE for non commercial use, CS, ONG) Krita (FREE, OS, UNS, ONG) Requires special procedures to run, view this post for more details. Officially requires Windows 7 or later, so this method could stop working with any given update. Lightworks ($$$ & FREE versions available, CS, ONG) MKVToolNix v19.0.0 (FREE, OS) Download from vendor here. MyPaint (FREE, OS, ONG) OBS Classic 0.659b (FREE, OS) Requires SP2. Download from vendor here. OBS Studio (FREE, CS, ONG) Requires SP2 and Platform Update. Platform Update Supplement is also recommended. Paint.NET 3.5.11 (FREE, CS) Download from FileHippo here. PhotoPad ($$$, CS, ONG) PhotoStage ($$$, CS, ONG) Picasa 3.9.141 Build 259 (FREE, CS) Download from Archive.org here. Pinta (FREE, OS, ONG) Pixillion ($$$, CS, ONG) Prism Video Converter ($$$, CS, ONG) Sony Sound Forge 11.0.272 ($$$, CS) Sony Vegas Pro 12 ($$$, CS) VideoPad Video Editor ($$$, CS, ONG) VSDC Free Video Converter (FREE, CS, ONG) VSDC Free Video Editor (FREE, CS, ONG) Screenshot Software: Greenshot (FREE, OS, ONG) Gyazo (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) Officially supports Windows 7 or later; unofficially works on Vista, meaning that compatibility with Vista could break at any time. Gyazo GIF does not work. Lightshot (FREE, CS, ONG) ScreenToGif (FREE, OS, UNS, ONG) Officially supports Windows 7 or later; unofficially works on Vista, meaning that compatibility with Vista could break at any time. ShareX (FREE, OS, UNS, ONG) The final version compatible with Vista was 12.0.0. However, later versions can be modified to work on Vista. See this post for more details. Audio & Music Creation/Editing Tools: Abelton Live 9.1.10 ($$$, CS) Download trial from vendor here. Acoustica Mixcraft ($$$, CS, ONG) 30 day trial available. Asset UPnP audio server ($$$ & FREE, CS, ONG) Free version has certain limitations. View the vendor's site here for more details. Audacity (FREE, OS, ONG) Crescendo ($$$, CS, ONG) dBpoweramp: mp3 Converter ($$$, CS, ONG) FL Studio ($$$, CS, ONG) LMMS (FREE, OS, ONG) MixPad ($$$, CS, ONG) Mp3tag (FREE, CS, ONG) Ocenaudio (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) Officially requires Windows 7 or later, thus Vista compatibility could cease with any given update. OpenMPT (FREE, OS, ONG) Windows 7 targeted version appears to work fine as of writing this, however using the XP/Vista targeted version instead is recommended. PerfectTUNES (FREE, CS, ONG) Registration required to unlock all features. Unregistered version has certain limitations. View the vendor's site here for more details. PitchPerfect ($$$, CS, ONG) RecordPad ($$$, CS, ONG) SoundTap ($$$, CS, ONG) Switch ($$$, CS, ONG) Synthesia ($$$, CS, ONG) Voxal ($$$, CS, ONG) VRS Recording System ($$$, CS, ONG) WavePad ($$$, CS, ONG) Zulu ($$$, CS, ONG) 2D/3D Modeling Software: AutoCAD 2012 ($$$, CS) AutoCAD 2013 & 2014 ($$$, CS, UNS) Must run in Windows XP compatibility mode for the software to work. Autodesk 3dsmax 2012 ($$$, CS) Autodesk 3dsmax design 2012 ($$$, CS) Autodesk Maya 2012 ($$$, CS) Autodesk Mudbox 2012 ($$$, CS) Blender (FREE, OS, ONG) DreamPlan Home Design software ($$$, CS, ONG) FreeCAD (FREE, OS, ONG) LibreCAD (FREE, OS, ONG) MeshMagic ($$$, CS, ONG) Sketchup 2014 ($$$, CS) Sketchup 2015 ($$$, CS, UNS) Modifying of MSI installer is required. See this MSFN post for more details. Sketchup 2016 ($$$, CS, UNS) Modifying of MSI installer is required. See this MSFN post for more details. Sketchup 2017 and later do not work. Virtualization Software: Hyper-V "1.0" (2008) (FREE, CS) Included with Windows Server 2008 only. Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (FREE, CS) UNS on Starter/Home versions of XP and Vista. Download from Microsoft here. Oracle VM VirtualBox (FREE, CS, ONG) Requires at least SP1 to be installed; SP2 recommended. VMware Player 6.0.7 (FREE, CS) Download 6.0.4 from FileHippo here, which can be updated to 6.0.7 (a 6.0.7 installer could not be obtained). VMware Workstation 10.0.7 ($$$, CS) Remote Access: AnyDesk (FREE, CS, ONG) Logmein Rescue Technician Console ($$$, CS, ONG) Splashtop Business Access ($$$, CS, ONG) Splashtop On-Demand Support ($$$, CS, ONG) Splashtop Remote Support ($$$, CS, ONG) TeamViewer (FREE, CS, ONG) Free for personal use; business use requires purchase of license. TightVNC (FREE, OS, ONG) UltraVNC (FREE, OS, ONG) VNC Server ($$$, CS, UNS, ONG) Requires modification of MSI installer with Orca to work. Not officially supported, meaning compatibility with Vista could break at any time. VNC Viewer (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) Requires modification of MSI installer with Orca to work. Not officially supported, meaning compatibility with Vista could break at any time. File Management: 7zip (FREE, OS, ONG) Bandizip (FREE, CS, ONG) Doxillion File Converter ($$$, CS, ONG) PeaZip (FREE, OS, ONG) Universal Extractor (FREE, OS, ONG) WinRAR ($$$, CS, ONG) 40-day trial available. WinZip ($$$, CS) WinZip Command Line (FREE, CS, ONG) WinZip Courier ($$$, CS, ONG) WinZip Self-Extractor ($$$, CS, ONG) Zipware (FREE, CS, ONG) Cloud Storage Clients: Backup and Sync from Google (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) Officially requires Windows 7 and up, thus Vista compatibility could break at any time. Dropbox (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) You must download the software from FileHippo here if you're using Vista, as the vendor's site only allows downloads from computers running Windows 7 or later. The latest version needs minor tweaking in order to sync with your account if you're running Vista. View my MSFN guide here for more information. Microsoft OneDrive Version 2017 Build 17.3.7076.1026 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2, Platform Update, and Platform Update supplement for Windows Vista/2008. Download from FileHippo here. Invoicing, Finance, and Business Management software: ClickCharts Diagram & Flowchart ($$$, CS, ONG) Copper Point of Sales ($$$, CS, ONG) Express Accounts ($$$, CS, ONG) Express Invoice ($$$, CS, ONG) FlexiServer Productivity & Attendance ($$$, CS, ONG) H&R Block Tax Software ($$$, CS, ONG) Inventoria Inventory ($$$, CS, ONG) MoneyLine Personal Finance ($$$, CS, ONG) QuickBooks Desktop 2016 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Reflect CRM Customer Database ($$$, CS, ONG) TurboTax 2016 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Speech Recognition software: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 ($$$, CS) Express Dictate Digital Dictation Software ($$$, CS, ONG) Apple Software & Hardware Support (all software is FREE, CS): iCloud Control Panel 2.1.3 (Download from Apple.com here) iTunes 12.1.3.6 : Download from Apple: Vista 32-bit Vista 64-bit Limitations/issues: On 64-bit versions of Vista/2008, you must use the "older video cards" installer linked above. The normal release doesn't work. Starting with iTunes 11.2, you'll get Data Execution Prevention errors when closing the program. iTunes 12.1.3.x only supports devices released up to the iOS 9 era (2015). If your older device runs iOS 10.0-10.1.1, you may backup and sync your device; upgrading/restoring doesn't work. Any device running iOS 10.2 or later will not work at all with iTunes 12.1.3. On May 25, 2018, Apple will introduce security changes that prevent Windows XP or Vista PCs from accessing the iTunes Store. More information here. QuickTime 7.7.9 : Quicktime for Windows is abandoned as of this version. Visit this page to download from Apple. Safari 5.1.7 : Safari for Windows is abandoned as of May 9, 2012. Download from FileHippo here. Final Apple Mac computers to support Vista under Boot Camp: iMac; all Late-2009 models Macbook Air; all Mid-2009 models (32-bit only) Macbook and Macbook Pro; all Mid-2010 models Mac Mini; Mid-2010 (This is the only Mac Mini to support Windows Vista 64-bit; earlier models are 32-bit only.) Mac Pro; Mid-2010 AMD Graphics Drivers: AMD Catalyst version 13.12 (Download from AMD: 32 bit 64 bit) Later versions up to 15.6 Beta for Windows 7 can be modified to work on Vista. See this MSFN thread for more details. Vista drivers for the AMD RX 300 series GPUs also recently became available, view this post for more details. Note: RX 400 and later GPUs will not work with Vista, since these cards aren't supported by these drivers. Intel Chipset & Graphics Drivers: The Intel Sandy Bridge platform is the last to fully support Vista. Ivy Bridge also supports Vista, with the right hardware. Check out my MSFN guide for more information. Download Ivy Bridge Intel HD Graphics drivers for Vista from Intel.com (HD 4000 desktop & mobile) • Ivy Bridge Chipset drivers for Vista (Intel.com) Limited Haswell support is available, as Intel updated their chipset drivers to support XP and Vista. However it is not recommended to attempt to use Vista or Server 2008 on Haswell due to an exclusive bug that causes these OSes to not work correctly on this platform. This bug renders Vista/2008 on Haswell quite unstable, and using this configuration in a productive or business environment is strongly discouraged. Also, Intel HD graphics 4200/4400/4600 drivers, as well as USB 3.0 drivers are not available for Haswell (and newer)-based PCs running Vista/2008, so upgrading to Windows 7/2008 R2 on Haswell systems is encouraged to receive proper driver support. I explained the problems with running Vista on Haswell (and later) in greater detail on this MSFN post here. NVIDIA Graphics Drivers: NVIDIA Display Driver version 365.19 - Download from NVIDIA: 32 bit 64 bit - This is the last official driver to support Vista. 3D vision support for Vista was dropped around driver version 310.00. NVIDIA Display Driver version 372.70 (UNS) Download from NVIDIA: 32 bit 64 bit - This is the last driver to unofficially work with Vista. This driver also enables GTX 1000 series GPU support under Vista. However, DirectX applications are not utilized by these drivers on GTX 1000 series cards which causes a performance bottleneck when using DirectX applications. This problem doesn't affect OpenGL applications, nor the GTX 980 and older GPUs. Hardware Identification and Temperature Management: CPU-Z (FREE, CS, ONG) GPU-Z (FREE, CS, ONG) HWMonitor (FREE, CS, ONG) Logitech Gaming Software (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) The last official version to support Vista was v8.81; the latest version still works under Vista (as of writing this). This could change anytime. Piriform Speccy (FREE, CS, ONG) SpeedFan (FREE, CS, ONG) Benchmarking and System Stress-Testing software: AIDA64, all editions ($$$, CS, ONG) GFXBench GL (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) Officially requires Windows 7 or later, but works on Vista. Compatibility with Vista might break at any time. Passmark PerformanceTest ($$$, CS, ONG) 30 day evaluation available. Prime95 (FREE, CS, ONG) Hard Drive Utilities: Windows Vista/2008 do NOT support TRIM for SSDs without third party software. AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite (FREE, CS, ONG) Supports both client & Server Windows versions (Windows 2000 and up). AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional ($$$, CS, ONG) For client versions of Windows (such as Vista) only. Windows Server operating systems (such as Server 2008) aren't supported. AOMEI Partition Assistant - Server & Unlimited editions ($$$, CS, ONG) Supports both client & Server Windows versions (Windows 2000 and up). AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard (FREE, CS, ONG) For client versions of Windows (such as Vista) only. Windows Server operating systems (such as Server 2008) aren't supported. DAEMON Tools Lite v10.2 ($$$, CS) Free version with reduced functionality is available for download from FileHippo here. DAEMON Tools Pro v7.0 ($$$, CS) A download link (for the trial version) is unavailable; sorry for the inconvenience. Diskeeper 12 Pro ($$$, CS) Diskeeper 16 Home Edition ($$$, CS, ONG) IOLO DriveScrubber ($$$, CS, ONG) SSD Tweaker; all editions ($$$ & FREE editions available, CS, ONG) Samsung Magician v4.9.7 (FREE, CS) Download from FileHorse here. Works with (supported) Samsung SSDs only. System Management, Cleanup, and Analysis: Belarc Advisor (FREE, CS, ONG) BleachBit (FREE, OS, ONG) Comodo Cleaning Essentials (FREE, CS, ONG) IOLO Search and Recover ($$$, CS, ONG) IOLO System Mechanic Business ($$$, CS, ONG) Network Monitor 3.4 (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download from Microsoft, click here. Orion File Recovery ($$$, CS, ONG) Piriform CCleaner (FREE, CS, ONG) SpeedTest App (FREE, CS, UNS, ONG) Requires Windows 7 or later but unofficially works on Windows Vista. As such, compatibility with Vista could break at any time. System Mechanic Classic v16.0.0.10 ($$$, CS) System Mechanic Professional Classic v15.5.0.61 ($$$, CS) Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility (FREE, CS) Download from Microsoft: (x86) (x64) WSUS Offline Update 10.9.2 (FREE, OS) Download from vendor here. Bootable USB Flash Drive Creation Tools: Rufus (FREE, OS, ONG) WinSetupfromUSB (FREE, CS, ONG) Optical Disc Media Management software: Alcohol 120% ($$$, CS, ONG) AnyDVD HD ($$$, CS, ONG) CloneCD ($$$, CS, ONG) dBpoweramp: CD Ripper ($$$, CS, ONG) DVDFab ($$$, CS, ONG) Express Burn ($$$, CS, ONG) Express Rip ($$$, CS, ONG) Golden Records ($$$, CS, ONG) IMGBurn (FREE, CS, ONG) MagicDisc (FREE, CS, ONG) MagicISO ($$$, CS, ONG) MakeMKV ($$$, CS, ONG) Roxio Creator NXT 3 ($$$, CS, ONG) UltraISO ($$$, CS, ONG) WinCDEmu (FREE, CS, ONG) Game Distribution: Origin 2015 (FREE, CS) *Reduced functionality as of August 2016. For a list of what you can still do, visit this dvdhardware.net article. Steam (FREE, CS, ONG) Games: Platform Update is required for DirectX 11 support. Pre-Vista era (DX10/11 not utilized): Serious Sam 2 ($$$, CS) Star Wars Republic Commando ($$$, CS) Last official release to run on Vista (sequels do not support or work with Vista): Battlefield 4 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2 & Platform Update. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Diablo III ($$$, CS) No longer supports or runs on Vista as of October 2017. Hearthstone ($$$, CS) No longer supports or runs on Vista as of October 2017. Heroes of the Storm ($$$, CS) No longer supports or runs on Vista as of October 2017. How to Survive ($$$, CS) Killing Floor ($$$, CS) StarCraft II ($$$, CS) No longer supports or runs on Vista as of October 2017. Wolfenstein: The New Order ($$$, CS, UNS) Wolfenstein: The Old Blood ($$$, CS, UNS) Requires modification to the game's executable to run; view this post for more details. World of Warcraft ($$$, CS) No longer supports or runs on Vista as of October 2017. Active Development: Future/upcoming sequels may not support Vista. BeamNG.Drive ($$$, CS, ONG) Bioshock Infinite ($$$, CS, ONG) Chivalry Medieval Welfare ($$$, CS, ONG) Counter-Strike Global Offensive ($$$, CS, ONG) Cuphead (GOG.com version) ($$$, CS, ONG) Don't Starve Together ($$$, CS, ONG) Doom 2016 ($$$, CS, UNS, ONG) Dragon Ball Xenoverse ($$$, CS, ONG) Fallout 4 ($$$, CS, ONG) Fallout Shelter ($$$, CS, ONG) GTA V ($$$, CS, ONG) Requires SP2. Just Cause 3 ($$$, CS, ONG) Left 4 Dead 2 ($$$, CS, ONG) One Late Night: Deadline ($$$, CS, ONG) Planet Explorers ($$$, CS, ONG) Portal 2 ($$$, CS, ONG) Road Redemption ($$$, CS, ONG) Roblox (FREE, CS, ONG) Rocket League ($$$, CS, UNS, ONG) Serious Sam 3 BFE ($$$, CS, ONG) Sonic Mania ($$$, CS, UNS, ONG) Star Trek Online ($$$, CS, ONG) Outer Space Simulation software: Google Earth (FREE, CS, ONG) Will soon be replaced by a web-based version of the application, therefore the desktop client will most likely be discontinued soon. Outerra ($$$, CS, ONG) Space Engine (FREE, CS, ONG) Console Emulators: Gamecube/Wii Emulators: Dolphin (FREE, OS, UNS, ONG) 64-bit only. Requires SP2 and Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 (2017 required for latest Development releases). Platform Update is required for proper Direct3D support. PS2 Emulators: PCSX2 (FREE, OS, ONG) Software/Game Development: CryEngine V ($$$, OS) Requires SP2. Java Development Kit 9.0.4 (FREE, OS, UNS) 64 bit only; 32 bit Windows is not supported. - Download here. Java SE Runtime Environment 9.0.4 (FREE, OS, UNS) 64 bit only; 32 bit Windows is not supported. - Download here. LLVM Compiler Infrastructure v3.7.1 (FREE, OS) Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 ($$$, CS) View this Microsoft Support article to download the SP1 update. System File Editors/Viewers: Notepad++ (FREE, OS, ONG) Notepad2-mod (FREE, OS, ONG) Notepad3 (FREE, OS, UNS, ONG) Resource Hacker (FREE, OS, ONG) BitTorrent/P2P Clients: BitComet (FREE, CS, ONG) BitTorrent (FREE, CS, ONG) eMule (FREE, OS, ONG) qBittorrent (FREE, OS, ONG) Transmission Portable (FREE, OS, UNS, ONG) Must use the Portable version; non-portable version will not install. Officially requires Windows 7 or later; Vista compatibility could cease with any given update. uTorrent (FREE, CS, ONG) Vuze (FREE, OS, ONG) FTP Clients: BitComet (FREE, CS, ONG) CuteFTP (FREE, CS, ONG) CyberDuck (FREE, OS, ONG) FileZilla (FREE, OS, ONG) Fling FTP ($$$, CS, ONG) FTP Voyager (FREE, CS, ONG) SmartFTP ($$$, CS, ONG) Total Commander (FREE, CS, ONG) WinSCP (FREE, OS, ONG) VPN Clients: HideMe VPN (FREE, CS, ONG) Logmein Hamachi (FREE, CS, ONG) Private Internet Access Client v75 (FREE, CS) TorGuard VPN (FREE, CS, ONG) Tunngle (FREE, CS, ONG) TunnelBear ($$$, CS, ONG) Window Management software: Actual Window Manager ($$$, CS, ONG) Aerosnap 0.61 Beta (FREE, CS) Somewhat buggy. To download from Softpedia, click here. AquaSnap 1.17.1 (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) Personal Edition is free for home use, and has reduced functionality. Professional Edition requires purchase after 60 minute trial period. To download from the vendor, click one of the following: MSI File Portable Installation DisplayFusion v8.1.2 (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) Download from vendor here. Also requires KB2763674 to be installed. Taskbar Shuffle v2.5 (FREE, CS) To download from vendor, click here. Ultramon ($$$, CS, ONG) To download 30-day trial version from vendor, click here. Desktop Enhancement software: Classic Shell 3.6.8 (FREE, CS) Download from vendor's SourceForge page here. Fences 2 ($$$, CS) Folder portals and pages functionality require Windows 7 or later. ObjectDock 2 ($$$, CS) Universal Theme Patcher (FREE, CS) Vista Visual Master (FREE, CS) Additional Microsoft software/utilities: Exchange Server 2010 ($$$, CS) IntelliPoint 8.2 (FREE, CS) Download from Microsoft: 32 bit 64 bit IntelliType Pro 8.2 (FREE, CS) Download from Microsoft: 32 bit 64 bit Microsoft Lync 2010 ($$$, CS) Download 180-day trial version from Microsoft: x86 (trial) x64 (trial) Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download from Microsoft, click here. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.0 (FREE, CS) Download from Microsoft here. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 (FREE, CS, UNS) Download from Microsoft here. Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.50907.0 (FREE, CS) Microsoft Visual c++ Redistributable for Visual Studio (FREE, CS, ONG) Microsoft Windows Live Essentials 2011 (FREE, CS) To download from Microsoft, click here. Some components no longer work, such as Messenger and Mail. Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 (FREE, CS) *For Windows Vista only, Server 2008 is not supported.* Requires Vista SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). Download from Microsoft: Vista x86 Vista x64 Search Server 2010 ($$$, CS) Requires Windows Server 2008 SP2; Vista is not supported. A free version with reduced functionality is available for download from Microsoft here. SharePoint 2010 ($$$, CS) Download trial from Microsoft here. Speech Platform Runtime Languages 11 (FREE, CS) To download from Microsoft, click here. SQL Server 2012 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2 for Vista/2008. A free version with reduced functionality is available for download from Microsoft here. Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel (FREE, CS) To download from Microsoft, click here. Visio Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download from Microsoft, click here. Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 (FREE, CS) Download from Microsoft: 32 bit 64 bit Windows Powershell 2.0 (FREE, CS) Download from Microsoft: Vista 32 bit Vista 64 bit Server 2008 32 bit Server 2008 64 bit Windows Powershell 3.0 (FREE, CS) Supports Windows Server 2008 SP2 ONLY. Windows Vista is not supported. To download from Microsoft, click here. Windows USB/DVD Download Tool (FREE, CS) To download from Microsoft, click here. XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack 1.2 (FREE, CS) Does not work on Server 2008. Click here to download from Microsoft. Microsoft Office Add-ins & Tools: Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2013 Database Tool (FREE, CS) Download from Microsoft here. Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download from Microsoft, click here. Junk Mail Reporting Add-in for Microsoft Outlook (FREE, CS) Download from Microsoft: Office 2003 x86, Office 2007+ x86, Office 2007+ x64 Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. Supports Microsoft OneNote 2010 and Word 2007/Word 2010. Office File Validation Add-in for Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 and Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 (FREE, CS) Requires Office 2003 SP3 or Office 2007 SP2. For client Windows versions only (Server 2008 isn't supported). Download from Microsoft here. Office 2010 Filter Packs (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download from Microsoft, click here. Outlook 2007/2003/2002 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup (FREE, CS) Requires Office XP, 2003, or 2007. Server 2008 is not supported. Download from Microsoft here. PowerPoint Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download from Microsoft, click here. Search Commands Add-In for Office 2007 and Office 2010 (FREE, CS) No longer being maintained, UNS on Server 2008. Download from Microsoft here. Word Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Download from archived Microsoft download page here. No longer receives security updates as of November 2017.
  2. Hello All, I am learning all I can about networking and at 48 yrs old, I am beginning college next month for studies in just that. In the meantime, I'm trying to learn all I can on my own, as well as apply as much as possible to a hands on experience. A couple days ago I configured Windows Server 2008 R2 for Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, and File Services roles within my home network of 3 machines and two devices; successfully too....... What I am attempting to do is set up a VPN to enable a select few family members to some of my media. I have installed Networking Policy and Access Services including Routing and Remote Access. Beginning the configuration, selecting VPN & NAT, I come to the decision of what interface to use. This is where I'm stuck. This server is on a laptop with only 1 LAN and 1 WLAN connection. The installed roles (mentioned above) use the local area connection that's assigned a static IP outside the DHCP pool used for the domain users. It's connected to a home user type router/WAP with which DHCP is disabled. The other listed is the WLAN which states DHCP yet does not show up in ipconfig /all. Should I use the interface that all else is on or the wireless? If wireless, do I have to config the router to assign a IP to the wireless or use static? Why is the wireless interface not showing up in ipconfig or the router? I know this is newbie stuff yet any help would be greatly appreciated.
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