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Compatible hardware with Windows Vista


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all of the netburst and later celerons (up to 3rd gen) should not have an issue running Vista on their respective architectures.

And there may have been some early Intel Atom NetBooks capable of running Vista, however not very well, being Netbooks

I'm pretty sure the Intel 945 chip set was the first to have an Aero driver  

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3 hours ago, i430VX said:

all of the netburst and later celerons (up to 3rd gen) should not have an issue running Vista on their respective architectures.

And there may have been some early Intel Atom NetBooks capable of running Vista, however not very well, being Netbooks

I'm pretty sure the Intel 945 chip set was the first to have an Aero driver  

Thanks for the information, I've added the processor information to the list. I've come to a stopping point for now. I'll work on motherboards and GPUs tomorrow. Any input is appreciated, as this is going to be quite the task. :yes:

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Phew... after a lot of research and work, this post is mostly complete. Now I just need you, @greenhillmaniac, to repost your experience with using Vista on Ryzen, plus the RX 300 series drivers that you discovered recently, whenever you get a chance. If you're busy, I understand, there's no rush :)

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Here's my experience with AMD Ryzen CPUs on Vista: they work great!

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There are no random BSOD or services not starting like Haswell or above. USB 3.x drivers for Windows 7 work just fine on Vista, but you can't slipstream them into the installation, because they are not signed for NT 6.0. You'll need to have a PS/2 keyboard at hand (you only really need the keyboard). A few drivers you should not install, because they do not work:

  • AMD PCI
  • AMD GPIO (this one will make your system unbootable!)

Everything else works just fine. I've used a MSI B350 PC Mate motherboard with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Had to enable legacy USB, enable CSM and disable Secure Boot. After that, I was able to boot Vista in UEFI.

Hope this (really late) post helps, since you've asked ages ago @WinClient5270 :)

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for update for list is working in my computer with AMD A4-5300 APU (MY CPU) 

                                                                         ASUS F2AM85-PRO

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I don't think that anyone today is using Windows Vista for streaming or gaming but i'm pleased to say that the Elgato HD 60 S works fine on Windows Vista! It's a USB 3 1080p 60 FPS capture card which is widely known by Twitch streamers and is only meant to work on Windows 10. So @WinClient5270 you can add it to the list, if you like :)

https://gc-updates.elgato.com/windows/drivers/hd60-s/download.php download the drivers from here, extract the exe with 7-ZIP and manually install the drivers in device-manager. The Elgato Streaming Software doesn't work because the installer blocks it but it's useless anyway because it doesn't have that much options and OBS is better for recording stuff.

I'm also using the USB 3.1 TYPE-A PCIe CARD (works just fine on Vista) which allows you to play the games directly in the preview window with no delay! DRIVERS

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I modified the 372.70 to run GTX 1050 Ti. I just took NT6.1 entries and name entries from 391.35 INF's and added to the according INF files (there are 3 plus INF files on 391.35 version but it doesn't effect anything. You can add these 3 INF files to the 372.70 but i didn't tested installer with that 3 INF files). If you didn't take name entries from the 391.35, GTX 1050 Ti will be shown as "NVIDIA DEV 1C82" or something. Aero is working and i even played a 4K without any lag. But when i played GTA San Andreas it gives 5-10 FPS. So, GTX 1050 Ti just functions like other GTX 1060/70/80. If you want that INF files, i can upload the files.

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Someone may have mentioned this before, but Windows Vista seems to run fine with Haswell if it is installed on another computer and then the hard drive is moved to a Haswell system. I tried this with Windows Vista 32-bit (but it should work with any version) and had no problems arise. I didn't install drivers or do any extensive testing but it seemed to be fine. This was with a Q87 motherboard and an i7-4790 CPU. I do plan on setting up the OS properly in the future, so I'll see if anything changes.

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I installed Vista on my Haswell laptop, and it appeared to work fine, didn't have drivers for the Intel HD Graphics though, so I can't really use it with aero or game on it. My laptop is an MSI GS60 2QE with an i7 4720HQ
 

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Vista 32 bit does not work on B350 chipset (Ryzen).

Only the 64 bit legacy Vista version works.

On the Asrock fatal1ty ab350 gaming k4 it is impossible to have any kind of Vista 32 bit,

because there is no APIC mode in Bios, only PIC.

And because of this you get BSOD "no Acpi compatible Bios",

no matter if you install Vista or use it from another compi (I try Vista 32 bit from AM3+ board)

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OptiPlex 390 has full support, currently testing UEFI (GPT) support under Vista x64 SP1

Also I’ve tried a Haswell (actually Braswell - Celeron N3050) on Vista x64 SP2 back in late 2017 and the only real issue was the Intel USB 3.0 drivers were missing, as well as obviously the graphics, no other issues were present as far as could tell (using legacy boot MBR)

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This is one of the most useful Windows Vista posts anywhere! I realize that the topic is hardware rather than drivers, but NVIDIA drivers are not covered in Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (another extremely useful post).

On 7/6/2018 at 6:30 PM, WinClient5270 said:

NVIDIA GPUs:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 5200 and later; last NVIDIA GPU to officially support Vista was the GTX 980 along with driver version 365.19. Download here: 32 bit  64 bit -  Note: Vista 3D Vision support was dropped around version 310.00.
  • The GTX 1060, 1070, and 1080 can also be made to work with Vista, as driver versions up to 372.70 work with Vista, albeit not officially supported by NVIDIA. Download here: 32 bit  64 bit -  Note: DirectX applications aren't properly utilized by these drivers under Windows Vista, so this will cause a bottleneck in performance over using the GTX 980 or older, where the 365.19 drivers (more optimized for Vista as they're officially supported) can be used.

This gives the impression that 365.19 was the one and only last driver version to officially support Vista, but that is generally only the correct driver for GeForce 400 Series and above. For GeForce 8 Series (I have an 8500 GT), and also 9, 100, 200 and 300 Series, the recommended driver version is 342.01 ( 32 bit  64 bit ). Despite its lower version number, 342.01 was released 7 months after 365.19.

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On 8/13/2019 at 3:28 AM, Vistapocalypse said:

This is one of the most useful Windows Vista posts anywhere! I realize that the topic is hardware rather than drivers, but NVIDIA drivers are not covered in Last versions of software for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (another extremely useful post).

This gives the impression that 365.19 was the one and only last driver version to officially support Vista, but that is generally only the correct driver for GeForce 400 Series and above. For GeForce 8 Series (I have an 8500 GT), and also 9, 100, 200 and 300 Series, the recommended driver version is 342.01 ( 32 bit  64 bit ). Despite its lower version number, 342.01 was released 7 months after 365.19.

Thanks for letting me know. NVIDIA drivers (as well as AMD GPU drivers) used to be covered in LVSFWV/2008, but I decided to move them here since I felt they would be more appropriate here since, although they are software (obviously), they are drivers pertaining to hardware listed here.

I have added them back to the software list since I see no harm in doing so:

On 3/1/2016 at 8:31 PM, WinClient5270 said:

NVIDIA GPU Drivers:

Recommended for GeForce 8, 9, 100, 200, & 300 series:

NVIDIA Display driver version 342.01 - Download: 32 bit   64 bit

Recommended for GeForce 400-900 series:

NVIDIA Display driver version 365.19 - Download: 32 bit  64 bit

Recommended for GeForce 1000 series, up to 1080ti:

NVIDIA Display driver version 372.70 - Download: 32 bit  64 bit
Note: DirectX applications aren't properly utilized by these drivers under Windows Vista, so this will cause a bottleneck in performance over using the GTX 980 or older, where the 365.19 drivers (more optimized for Vista as they're officially supported) can be used. Later drivers will not work on Windows Vista.
 

AMD/ATI GPU Drivers:

The first official version of ATI Catalyst to support Vista is version 7.1. The last official version of AMD Catalyst to support Vista is version 13.12 (Download: 32 bit  64 bit). However, newer versions up to 15.6 Beta for Windows 7 can be modified to work on Vista. View this thread for more details.

I must admit that my knowledge of hardware/driver compatibility is pretty shaky compared to my knowledge of program support for Windows Vista, so suggestions to improve this list are welcome.

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