FAQ: Does ArcGIS 9.x support Microsoft Windows Vista?

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Does ArcGIS 9.x support Microsoft Windows Vista?

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Windows Vista:
The Microsoft Windows Vista operating system extends the Windows platform with some additional functionality. However, this operating system also poses some challenges for applications running on Vista, as some functionality and behavior from Windows XP has changed. Supported Windows Vista editions are Enterprise, Business, Home Premium, and Ultimate.

ArcGIS 9.3 on Windows Vista:
ArcGIS 9.3 fully supports Windows Vista as a supported operating system for all ArcGIS 9.3 products.

Note:
ArcGIS Server 9.3, including ArcSDE 9.3, supports Windows Vista for basic testing and application development use only. It is not recommended for deployment in a production environment.

ArcGIS 9.2 on Windows Vista:
The following ArcGIS 9.2 Service Pack 4 (SP4) products are supported on Windows Vista: ArcReader, ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo Desktop, ArcInfo Workstation, ArcGIS Desktop Extensions, and ArcGIS Engine. Service Pack 4 for ArcGIS 9.2 is required for Windows Vista support; however, there are some serious known issues that users should be aware of before deploying any of these ArcGIS Desktop products on Windows Vista.

Note:
ArcGIS Server 9.2, including ArcSDE 9.2, Image Server 9.2, and ArcIMS 9.2 are not supported on Windows Vista.


If ArcInfo Workstation is being installed, read the Installing ArcInfo Workstation 9.2 on Vista document first.

In the testing of ArcGIS 9.2 (Desktop and Engine), a number of issues were discovered that appear to be specific to the Windows Vista platform.

Some of these issues are known issues with Windows Vista, some are fixed in currently available Microsoft patches, and others will be fixed in future fixes available from Microsoft.

The following Esri Knowledge Base article describes the required patches from Microsoft to run ArcGIS Desktop 9.2 on Vista:
<a href='http://support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/34017' target='_blank'>FAQ: What are the Microsoft patches that resolve issues with Windows Vista?</a>

The following Esri Knowledge Base article describes ArcGIS product support for Visual Studio 2008:
<a href='http://support.esri.com/en/knowledgebase/techarticles/detail/34053' target='_blank'>FAQ: Are ArcGIS products supported with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008?</a>

Other issues are specific to running ArcGIS Desktop 9.2 on Windows Vista and have been fixed in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.

The following document describes the known issues with running ArcGIS Desktop 9.2 SP4 on Windows Vista:
Known Issues that may be encountered with ArcGIS Desktop 9.2 SP4 and Windows Vista.

This list is updated as needed as additional items are found.

Previous Versions of ArcGIS on Windows Vista:
Previous versions of ArcGIS prior to ArcGIS 9.2 SP4 are not supported on Windows Vista.

ArcGIS Explorer Version 480 and higher:
ArcGIS Explorer is supported on Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

Previous Versions of ArcGIS Explorer on Windows Vista:
Previous versions of ArcGIS Explorer prior to ArcGIS Explorer 480 are not supported on Windows Vista.

ArcView GIS 3.x:
ArcView 3.x is not supported on the Windows Vista operating system, and there are no plans to support ArcView GIS 3.x on this operating system in the future.

ArcPad:
ArcPad and ArcPad Application Builder 7.0.1 (and previous versions) products are not supported on the Microsoft Windows Vista release. ArcPad 7.1 and ArcPad Application Builder 7.1 both support Windows Vista.

MapObjects Windows and MapObjects Java:
MapObjects Windows 2.4 and MapObjects-Java 2.2 and 2.3 are not supported on Windows Vista. ESRI is not certifying any new environments for MapObjects-Windows, and there are no plans to support Vista with MapObjects-Java.

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