Vista Application Compatibility
Vista OS Advisory for UH-owned computers: ITS is currently recommending that the UH community continue to use Windows XP, especially if you use any of the UH applications that have not been certified by the software vendor, or thoroughly tested. New PC systems purchased should be Vista-capable or ready, but should be initially configured for use with Windows XP Professional. Past experience is that early adoption of a new OS is most appropriate for individuals with significant personal technical expertise and interest in specific new features. These early users of Vista should plan on encountering problems that interfere with their work until resolved through subsequent releases of Vista or other software packages. If newly purchased UH computers are pre-installed with Vista (without the option for Windows XP), one alternative is to purchase the lowest cost/version of Vista (e.g. the Home version) from the vendor and then purchase the MS Windows Vista Business Upgrade License (with or without Software Assurance [SA]). [Note: Computers purchased with Windows Vista Business have the option of purchasing SA ONLY within 90 days from the computer purchase date.] The Windows Vista Upgrade and/or SA license may be purchased from the ITS Site License Office: http://www.hawaii.edu/sitelic The Vista Upgrade and/or SA license allows you to downgrade the OS to use Windows XP Professional. When you are ready to convert to the Vista OS, or when all the applications you use in your work are certified to function correctly with Vista, you will have the option to use your Vista license to install Vista Business or Vista Enterprise (only if SA is purchased).
Please note that this is only for UH owned computers using specific UH administrative applications. Also, the ITS Site License purchase of Software Assurance for the OS is only for UH departments. This advisory does not pertain to personal home computers or personal purchases.
This page shows the status of what applications were tested. Caution: common functionality was tested and might not be as comprehensive as certification by the vendor would require. If in doubt, please check with the vendor if they have more updated information regarding their application support. UH applications that do not work with Vista fully or partially are listed in red.
ITS Supported Applications
|Product||Current Supported Version||Vendor Supported||Microsoft Certification Status||Works||Versions Tested||More Information|
|Adobe Acrobat Reader||8.0||YES||NONE||Works with known limitations||7.0 / 8.0||Adobe Support|
|2008||Host Explorer Support|
|McAfee AntiSpyware||8.7i||YES||NONE||YES, VSE 8.7 required||8.7i||McAfee Support|
|McAfee AntiVirus||8.5i / 8.7i||YES||NONE||YES||8.5i / 8.7i||McAfee Support|
|Mozilla Firefox||126.96.36.199||YES||NONE||YES||188.8.131.52||Firefox Support|
|Mozilla Thunderbird||184.108.40.206||YES||NONE||YES||220.127.116.11||Thunderbird Support|
|MS Internet Explorer||7.0||YES||NONE||Works||7.0||Internet Explorer Support|
|MS Office||2007 / 2003||YES||Certified / Works||Works||2007/ 2003|
|MS Outlook Express||NO||NONE||Replaced with Windows Mail||Outlook Express Support|
|MS Outlook||2007 / 2003||YES||Certified / Works||Works||2007/ 2003|
ITS Supported Web Applications
|Product||Current Supported Version||Vendor Supported||Mozilla Firefox||Internet Explorer 7.0||Netscape 7.1|
|1098T (Tax Credit)||www.hawaii.edu/1098t||N/A||Works||Works|
|Banner 7 Forms Server (for admin)||banner.sis.hawaii.edu||Works||Works||Works with alternate link||Works|
|Financial Datamart||www.hawaii.edu/dw||NO. Uses Oracle Discoverer which is not supported on Vista. Use Windows XP.|
|IRO Dynamic Reporting||www.hawaii.edu/iro/irodr||N/A
|IRO ODS Data Element Dictionary||www.hawaii.edu/iro
|UH Online Admissions||apply.hawaii.edu||N/A||Works
|Unit Budgeting (UBUD)||www.hawaii.edu/ubud||NO. Only the portion of the app that uses Oracle Discoverer for reports doesn't work with Vista.
ITS Unsupported Applications
|Product||Current Version||Vendor Supported||Microsoft Certification Status||Works||Versions Tested||More Information|
|Adobe Products||Various||Some applications have support some do not as of current version||NONE||Some Applications work with known limitations||Various||Adobe Support|
|Autodesk AutoCAD||2007||YES||Works With Vista||Must use SP2 (see link)||2007||AutoCAD Support|
|Hyperion Intelligence Explorer (Brioquery)||8.5||Yes||Works With Vista||YES||8.5|
|EndNote||X||NO||NONE||Can be Installed||8.0.2 / 9.0.1 / X.0.2||Endnote Support|
|ESRI ArcGIS||9.2||NO||NONE||Can be Installed||9.2||ArcGIS Support|
|Eudora||7.1||YES||NONE||Works except for Windows Help||7.1||Eudora Support|
|Matlab||R2007a / R2006b||YES / NO||NONE||YES||R2007a / R2006b||Matlab Current Release Support
Matlab Previous Release Support
|NVivo||7.0||YES||Works With Vista||YES||7.0||NVivo Support|
||YES||NONE||Must install SP4
|SPSS||15.0||YES||NONE||Works with hotfix (see link)||15.0||SPSS Support|
|WordPerfect||Office X3||YES||Works With Vista||YES with SP2 (see link)||X3||WordPerfect Support|
For more information on applications that have been certified by Microsoft to be compatible with Vista, see their website at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933305.
VISTA does not support WinHelp as did the previous versions of the OS. This will affect any software that uses WinHelp for writing their help system. Also HTMLHelp is restricted when used under VISTA. There is a work around for this. You can download the "WinHelp for Vista" from Microsoft. This will fix the software that uses WinHelp. You can download the software from the Microsoft KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607
 All applications were tested with Vista Business – 32 bit.
 You can still use IE 6 if necessary by first downloading Virtual PC 2007 then downloading This installer from Microsoft. This will give you a virtual hard drive that you can install Windows XP SP2 on to run IE 6.