rocknbil - 11:12 pm on Jan 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
My old comp died and, L.S.S., have a new one with Windows 7 home premium, 64 bit. I don't like most of Windows 7 one bit, not because I fear change but because a lot of it is counterproductive for me. But no ranting . . . .
I'm familiar with the potential incompatibility issues. The IDE HD on my old comp was still good and it is installed as a second backup drive. And here's where it gets interesting.
I use a **really** old Adobe page layout app for anything needing page layout (publishing layout) and the expense of updating it was just not effective. Of course, the install choked, incompatible, running in compatibility mode as administrator offered no love.
However, "in the old days" applications never needed to be split up amongst several system objects with varying degrees of permissions, they were all self contained. Just move the folder and run it. So I did.
And it worked. Without error, without problems, without even swapping to compatibility mode, the old application just fired right up dandy as hell and works.
So I'm a bit suspicious here, to say the least. The installer won't install, but the program runs fine. Is this just another marketing ploy to force our hands to buy new software for the sake of digging in our pockets?
Alternatively, has anyone found any tricks to force/work around the incompatible problems for some of these old programs, besides "virtualization" or "compatibility mode" and run as administrator? One thought I had was to reboot and update the IDE with this computer in a new XP install, giving me two systems should I need it. It seems like hell to have to swim upstream for it though.
I threw a bunch of my favorite program disks in the wastebasket, about to go fish them out, might be able to salvage them.