Last week Microsoft released a Windows Update for Vista users to help address some of the application compatibility issues. I haven’t had a bad experience with compatibility lately because many of the programs I use have all been updated. However, some users (particularly of previous editions of Photoshop) may find this update to be useful.

Here are some of the more popular applications that are said to work properly now:

  • Adobe Creative Suite CS2
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1
  • Adobe Photoshop CS 8.0
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements Version 4.0
  • Macromedia Fireworks MX2004
  • Microsoft Age of Empires III
  • Microsoft Money 2006
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Opera 9.02
  • Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.5

There are also many other programs on the list, but those were the ones that caught my attention. The update can be received by performing a Windows Update which is located in your Control Panel. The update should reference number KB932246 and as you can see in this screenshot I installed it last week:

Vista Updates


Microsoft has also updated their list of programs that are compatible with Vista. It is very very long list now so you’ll need to give the page quite some time to load.