Vista Casualties – Software

May 30th, 2007 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

Software – Just like hardware manufacturers, software houses love a new OS because it’s a good opportunity to introduce a whole new version of their software.  And unlike more minor upgrades it’s also a good excuse to take a fresh look at their products.  This often means that functions will be altered or moved around and some features may even be removed completely (an increasingly familiar trend).  This isn’t always a good thing, because it puts the existing user’s nose out of joint especially if it’s software that you use regularly and are familiar with.  Never is this felt so deeply as when you’re upgrading because of a new OS.  Ordinarily, if you don’t like a new version of a program  you just don’t bother and stick with the old one, but a new OS means you’re forced to accept change and let’s face it, that can be hard to do. 

Here’s my main list of software changes (so far) from the upgrade. 

  • Post-it notes – the onscreen sticky notes from 3m. This product that I’ve used extensively for some years is the main casualty from my upgrade to Vista.  The 3.1 Professional Edition enabled me to create memoboards of sticky notes that are useful both for sharing with colleagues and for sharing at home.  The Digital Notes 4 version does work (albeit a little erratically) with Vista (provided you right click on the install file and Run as Administrator) but it doesn’t have a pro version and thus doesn’t support my many shared memoboards. I’m hoping the company will add this functionality to their Vista compatible version later this year.
  • XP Power Toys – TBH I didn’t even try these on Vista, although many, especially the ‘Send to’ toys, were migrated from Win2K) but I was very pleased to find a tool from Gabriele Ponti that offers the same functionality. It also has a nice configure tool which enables you to very quickly add send to locations (this is particularly useful because the sendto folder has moved to an as yet undiscovered destination in Vista’s fiel system). 
  • PGP Desktop 8 – this version doesn’t work with Vista so an upgrade to PGP Desktop 9 is required.  After several versions working pretty much identically … right click, encrypt … this version is very different.  Simply encrypting a file takes more steps and the whole thing is a lot more wordy – probably good for new users but unwelcome changes for us old hands.
  • Acronis True Image 9 – Again this needs an upgrade to version 10 if you’re moving onto [tag]Vista[/tag].  It works largely the same as the previous version but it’s still another set of differences to get used to.
  • UltraMon – this handy software for (among other things) extending the task bar across dual monitors was one of the apps I really didn’t want to lose by early adopting, but I’m happy to say the beta version works fantastically on Vista.

As for the survivors, I’ve been pleasantly surprised how much [tag]software[/tag] ‘just works’. Here’s a few:  CloneCD (version, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6, Opera9, SnagIt8, Vypress Chat 1.9 (again right click, Install as Administrator), Winzip 11, Photoshop CS2.

I will try to add to this list …

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4 Responses to “Vista Casualties – Software”

  1. Upgrading to Vista - The software casualties » The PC Doctor’s blog Says:

    […] Kathie takes a look at the software casualties of upgrading to Windows Vista : […]

  2. Vista Yo-yo Part 2 » Vexentricity Says:

    […] Well I think I’m finally done yo-yoing between Vista and XP.  I’ve finally upgraded permanently after three (or was it four?) previous attempts.  It has been incredibly frustrating and not without its casualties (eg software and hardware that will have to be replaced because there are never likely to be any drivers/upgrades that work on Vista). […]

  3. Beverly Kurtin Says:

    I almost had a stroke when I discovered that “Wave Out” was not available in Vista Home Premium. I’d used Audacity to record streaming audio for years, all of a sudden it was gone and found that there was no apparent workaround.

    So I downloaded the latest version of Audacity, one that had references to Vista. Still nothing. So I decided to act like a ham radio operator, which I am. I used Windows Direct Microphone, ran a line from the speaker output and ran another line into the microphone input. That did the trick. It’s a bit messy, but at least I can record my company’s weekly conference calls, etc.

    I had to split the speaker’s output so I could listen to the stream as I was recording it, but at least I now have a method of recording with Vista!

  4. Kathie Says:

    Take a look at this post over on our PC Doctor website

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