Hi folks, lovely discussion.
FIRST OF ALL - XP MODE on windows 7. Right click on the program in question, select properties, compatibility tab , select the compatibility you want, click apply...simples! That's the only mode I know of for making programs compatible.
Ok, I have got Vista Ultimate 64 bit running on one of my hard drives. After service pack 2, works lovely, no issues, although it never liked my PCi express creative XFI sound card
I also have Windows 7 Professional, for the most part works like a dream.
If you have Word (I write my pots in word) I pinned it to the start menu and it gives me shortcuts to my latest rp's. (10 short cuts) Very cool! Same with media players (Use VLC player for greatest range of formats...it's free too!)
Most of my games work. My old Starfleet command 3 refuses to work and games with starforce are an issue. (X2 the threat and X3 the return)However most gaming sites have work arounds so starforce isn't installed. Homeworld 2 is stuck in the past not believing a pci express card exists, but it does still work, despite the irritating message.
I have a triple boot pc (XP pro, Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows 7 64 professional) and with the exception of some companies who have yet to release compatible drivers for Windows 7 for certain hardware....Asus, I talking to you..it works quickly and efficiently.
There, now I'm off to bed. :)