Microsoft Releases List of Programs that Won't Work with Vista SP1

Microsoft Corp. today released a list of known programs that experience some sort of "loss of functionality" with Windows Vista SP1.

Microsoft Corp. today released a list of known programs that experience some sort of "loss of functionality" with Windows Vista SP1.

The list of 11 products -- divided into categories of "blocked from starting," "do not run" and "loss of functionality (minor or major)" -- is based on reported issues and is "not comprehensive," the company said. Many of the affected programs offer newer versions or upgrades that will make the software compatible (linked below where applicable).

As of press time, the products are:

Blocked from Starting

Do Not Run

Loss of Functionality

As Vista SP1 was released to manufacturing and IT professionals this month, the list may grow -- especially after the update goes live for consumers in March.

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Becky Nagel is the executive editor of the 1105 Redmond Media Group's Web sites, including,, and, among others.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Feb 25, 2008 Pete Texas

I personally find it refreshing that a vendor 1) knows what doesn't work well with a new version of their product and 2) makes that information publically available. I expect some anti-Microsoft information sources to spin this negatively, but I expected better from Redmond Channel Partner.

Mon, Feb 25, 2008 Ian Sonoma CA

Ahhh.. I switched back to XP Pro over the weekend and I swear my PC is now 4x faster than it was running Vista Business.
And get this! Everything I need is there, easy to locate and fully functional.

Fri, Feb 22, 2008 Jim Omaha

I agree with Hillsboro. Where is the list of things that work better with SP1 and the properly designed apps from resposible developers that continue to work or work better with the latest update. From the title of your article I expected to find a list of major apps that somehow had fallen through the beta testing cracks. I am not a Microsoft employee, but I have been beta testing Vista and SP1 and I find your article, at least the title, misleading and offensive. Give us real information objectively presented.

Fri, Feb 22, 2008 SpinMaster Miami, FL

System from Hillsboro is totally right, if you read this article before downloading SP1, then you will never apply it. "Nasty Side Effects" ??? I mean, I read the list of applications with problems, and although I am certain many people use them, for sure there are millions that doesn't, and as such won't be affected, same as System, I do not work for Microsoft, nor I am a Microsoft FanBoy.. I think many people had enough of this "Vista is crappy" etc.. it is not perfect, but in my opinion is more secure and easier to maintain compared to XP... negative comments like this are keeping even IT professionals away from learning the inner workings of Vista, simply because they think the general consensus in the IT industry is that "Vista is flawed and crappy"... do your homework and then come up with an OPINION.... don't just regurgitate some "digested" "Vista opinion" from some pimpled faced IT whiz kid...

Fri, Feb 22, 2008 Don Anonymous

I totally agree with Hillsboro's view here. I'm tired of negative press, articles from everyone. It's a wonder why this world is so negative, just look at the media. There are many things I don't like about Vista, there are many things I love about Vista.

There are ton's of things about Redmond Magazine that plainly sucks too but we don't beat up on you every single issue do we?


Fri, Feb 22, 2008 System Hillsboro, Oregon

I'm personally getting really tired of Redmond Channel Partner Update's spin on things concerning Vista. Vista isn't perfect, but honestly, I haven't had any issues with it other than some third-party apps that had to be updated.

However, Redmond Channel Partner Update's newsletter blurb when linking to this article makes it sound as if Vista SP1 is buggy or broken; using phrases such as "nasty side effects" and "which seems appropriate given how much stuff never worked with Vista in the first place". Is this focus of Redmond Channel Partner Update Newsletter a group of immature, script kiddies who are prone to wear tin-foil hats, constantly believing the "man" is out to get them? Or, is the target audience, professional IT workers and managers? If it's the latter, can we please get professional people to create the material!

The above article simply refers back to the reason why Microsoft delayed releasing Vista SP1 to the public, even after it was RTM'd -giving certain third-party developers time to fix their faulty apps and drivers, and giving the public time to address those faulty third-party products by attaining updated versions from the developer's sites. The above article is NOT about how Vista SP1 is broken or will have "nasty side effects" for everyone who installs it.

Give us better, more professional material, not this amateurish, immature hype junk, such is found in the newsletter blurb pertaining to this article.

...and no, I am not an employee of Microsoft, nor a Microsoft "fan-boy", but a professional IT admin seeking/needing professional material.

Fri, Feb 22, 2008 mike mccullouugh mt carmel illinois

We also had to remove Norton End Point protection because SP1 & End Point had serious conflicts. After suspend; the network adapter would not function; I had to restart the computer.

Fri, Feb 22, 2008 mike mccullouugh mt carmel illinois

I installed SP1 RC1 and several problems have been corrected (mostly slow file copies) however I now must be very careful when I use MS Access 2003 on our network. Several times I have corrupted the database; I believe SP1 shuts down the network adapter after the computer has been on power save and after suspend it has only limited funcationality. I either need to restart my computer or make sure I backup the Access MDB before I attempt any changes.

Fri, Feb 22, 2008 Lance Lorenz Washington, DC

Vista is clunky and unresponsive at points while navigating IE. I'm not the only one experiencing the same. It will at times take six seven clicks to acknowledge.

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