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Chromeleon News: Compatibility of Windows Vista and Chromeleon

Last updated February 26, 2008

On January 30th, 2007, Microsoft released its long-awaited Windows Vista operating system (OS). Vista provides a better security infrastructure than prior Windows products, and supports new user interface and multimedia capabilities.

Dionex started thorough compatibility testing of Chromeleon® as soon as Windows Vista was released, and now has implemented the necessary changes in the Chromeleon software and its installation process to support Windows Vista. After the changes, all the major functions of Chromeleon were re-tested under Windows Vista and the necessary regression tests were performed on the other supported Windows versions.

With a few limitations, Chromeleon Release 6.80 Service Pack 3 can be used under Windows Vista. Earlier releases and Service Packs do not support Windows Vista.

The known limitations are as follows:

  • The Chromeleon License Server program and the Chromeleon IP Assignment utility cannot be used on computers running Windows Vista
  • The BootP Service was not tested because no version compatible with Windows Vista has been available
  • Many (mostly older) PC expansion cards are not compatible or not supported with Windows Vista
  • Only a subset of the instruments supported by Chromeleon have been tested under Windows Vista
  • Vista Service Pack 1 is recommended and required for controlling more than one system via USB

The document "Chromeleon and Windows Vista" provides full details of Chromeleon's support of Windows Vista, including computer requirements, installation procedures, and details of known issues and limitations. This document is also provided on the Chromeleon 6.8 Service Pack 3 DVD.

As of February 2008, Microsoft's plan is to keep Windows XP retail licenses available through June 30, 2008, and Windows XP System Builder licenses available through January 31, 2009. For the most current Microsoft policies, please refer to the Windows LifeCycle web page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/default.mspx.

More information about Windows Vista is available from the following resources:

Wikipedia coverage of Windows Vista (provides many other references) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_vista

Microsoft’s Windows page http://www.microsoft.com/windows/default.mspx

Microsoft’s Windows Vista page: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/default.mspx

Windows Vista Enterprise Hardware Planning Guidance http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa905075.aspx

Windows Life-Cycle Policy http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/default.mspx

Note: This listing does not constitute any endorsement or recommendation by Dionex; the above links are provided only for your convenience.