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Software compatibility with WinXP

By kevin.walsh ·
Has anyone compiled a list of the earliest versions of software from the major software companies that work with XP? For example, software from Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec, Macromedia, etc. We're being mandated to upgrade to XP (mostly from Win2000)and want to know what software upgrades will be required. I also know some hardware will become obsolete as well.

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by TheChas In reply to Software compatibility wi ...

There are compatibility solutions for many programs. XP has some comprehensive compatibility tools built in.

For more information, try the XP section at Microsoft's TechNet page:

Under the deployment branch are pages on both hardware and application compatibility.

Common software issues include:
CD burning programs
Virus scanners

Common hardware problems include
Sound cards

On hardware, my advice is to check with the hardware manufacture. If they do NOT have a XP driver for you to download, assume that you WILL have problems with the hardware.


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by w2ktechman In reply to Software compatibility wi ...

best idea is to get a list of programs and hardware together. Check the hardware against the hardware compatability list from Microsoft.

For the programs see if those vendors offer an XP version or not. If not, then you may need to decide if you need that program, or if there is another similar program that can replace it.
Most major vendors and many smaller ones have Win XP programs, but many drivers are not supported on XP even still, and many never will be (unless you write it yourself).

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