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A month ago I got my hands on the RTM DVD of Windows Vista and took the plunge. I installed Vista Ultimate on my production IBM Thinkpad T42p; 80GB HDD, 2GB RAM. I installed Vista into my Active Directory environment

Currently here is what I’ve got running, as well as a list of applications that are working for me:

  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Office 2007
  • Firefox 2.0
  • Novell GroupWise 7
  • Open Office 2 Novell Edition
  • Putty
  • TextPad 4.7.3
  • Adobe Creative Suite 2
  • iTunes 7.0.2
  • Microsoft Windows Live Writer
  • Audacity
  • WinISO 4.3
  • WinZIP 9 SR1
  • BulletProof FTP Client 2.59
  • Symantec Anti Virus 10.2
  • Freemind 0.8
  • Nero 7 Ultra Edition
  • Collanos Workplace
  • Apple Airport Admin 4.2
  • GLoSS
  • GAIM 2 beta 5
  • Skype 2.5

The only applications I’m having trouble with so far are

  • Nortel Contivity VPN client
  • VMware Workstation (Vista as host)

I found a couple of defects; Microsoft worked with me and got a fix for one:

The most annoying thing was the User Account Control – every action required confirmation. I’m a domain admin and local admin on the box; my own fault if I do something foolish. I turned off all of the UAC features within a few hours – just too in your face.

Next steps are to find the Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad tools for some of the key mappings; not essential. Also have another hack at the VPN client.

Usual disclaimer – some of the apps listed are not ‘supported’. In fact I’m probably the only person testing Collanos Workplace on Vista ๐Ÿ˜‰