Enhanced Vista Security vs. Application Incompatibilities – Onsite Observation

June 13, 2008

Based on Microsoft Roadshow promotions of Windows Vista, Onsite preached the enhanced security of Vista vs. XP to anyone with interest in upgrading their business systems.  Onsite clients are always interested in ways to reduce security threats, downtime, and billable hours from Onsite.  This week Onsite convinced a business owner to replace two aging XP SP2 systems with new Vista SP1 systems. 

Much to our chagrin, as we integrated the new Vista systems into the existing SBS 2003 / XP SP3 network we realized the client has a old DOS inventory management program that failed with Vista SP1Onsite tried several workarounds; however the inventory management app was incompatible with Vista.  The only solution to allow our client to use his inventory tracking program was to downgrade the new Vista SP1 PCs to XP SP3

The process of downgrading and reconfiguring from Vista to XP required about four hours.  The business owner is a wonderful client who understood the incompatibility of his dated ap, so we agreed to split the cost of the downgrade.

The moral of this story is simple:  before considering an XP to Vista upgrade, carefully examine any potential Vista incompatibilities with older applications.  When there are any questions regarding incompatibilities, Onsite is recommending XP SP3.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.


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