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I followed the advice of everyone on here and installed vista x64 because I was told it was better than it's 32 bit counterpart. Yet, I would say weekly I run into compatibility issues. Tools written for the xbox don't work, tools written to add effect to windows movie maker don't work, and all kinds of random programs complain that this operating system is 64 bit.

Is there any way around this besides running vmware or dual booting into xp?
    
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you could use vmware and xp 32-bit. have you tried using compatibility mode?
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I can't speak for xbox tools, but I've had 64 bit for at least a year and not experienced one compatibility issue. Guess you're just unlucky.
    
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Have you tried running them in XP compatibility mode?

Right-click on shortcut > Properties > Compatibility
    
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Originally Posted by Stillhouse View Post
Have you tried running them in XP compatibility mode?

Right-click on shortcut > Properties > Compatibility
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Have you tried running them in XP compatibility mode?

Right-click on shortcut > Properties > Compatibility
That usually solves any problems I have seen.
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I followed the advice of everyone on here and installed vista x64 because I was told it was better than it's 32 bit counterpart. Yet, I would say weekly I run into compatibility issues. Tools written for the xbox don't work, tools written to add effect to windows movie maker don't work, and all kinds of random programs complain that this operating system is 64 bit.

Is there any way around this besides running vmware or dual booting into xp?
There aren't many options, but you can do something:
- disable permanently UAC: tap win+R and write msconfig, then enter; go through the UAC prompt, and then when the Microsoft System Configuration Utility opens, click the "Tools" tab, and browse down to the option which says "Disable UAC". Press Launch, and when the command prompt window opens up and says "Operation Completed Successfully", close the Command Prompt, and then the Microsoft System Configuration Utility. Restart.
- disable driver signing: enter in command prompt bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS

This should improve some compatibility issues, but tbh it was too much for me, too. My rig runs a happy XP 32 bit on 4GB of ram.
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post #8 of 27
I haven't had any compatibility issues with my Vista x64 installation
have you tried switching to compatibility?
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Have you install Service Pack 1 yet?
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ditch the xbox tools and upgrade to a 360
    
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