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Windows 7: Making Windows 7 appear as if It's Windows Vista?

02 Feb 2009   #1
Farkel

 
 
Making Windows 7 appear as if It's Windows Vista?

Hi,

I'm having a problem with Windows 7. It installed and runs fine, but I'm running into compatibility issues with it. Namely, I have to run a program called Cisco Clean Access to connect to my network, and currently Windows 7 is an "unsupported" operating system.

Is there anyway to make Windows 7 appear as if it's Vista so Clean Access will let me through?

Thanks


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02 Feb 2009   #2
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi Farkel and welcome,

You can run it in compatibility mode under Vista. This tutorial is for Vista but it should be the same and 7 will have a selection for Vista compatibility mode.

Compatibility Mode - Vista Forums

It might work, might not, but worth a try.

You could also open up the Action Center and go to Troubleshooting-Programs-Program Compatibility.
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02 Feb 2009   #3
wierdo124

 
 

Yes, do as Airbot said. That should do the trick
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02 Feb 2009   #4
OCM770

Windows 7 (main)
 
 

Some programs, such as Acer eFramework check for the actual OS version so compatability version does not work. Is there anyway to make 7 look as if it where vista (by changing the NT version in the registry?).

Some msi installers will also not run because they check the OS version, like MacDrive, these can be edited using Orca and remove the OS check (just saying in case anyone ran into a similar problem)
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02 Feb 2009   #5
Farkel

 
 

Thanks for the help, but I already tried messing with the compatibility of the program and it doesn't work.

I'm on the same grounds as OCM770, the program checks the actual identity of the OS regardless of it's compatibility
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02 Feb 2009   #6
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Sorry I couldn't help out more, you may just have to wait until it supports 7. Maybe someone else will have a solution. Good luck to you.
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03 Feb 2009   #7
Everlong

 

Most programs I've run just shows Windows 7 as Vista already.
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03 Feb 2009   #8
wysiwyg

Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Farkel View Post
Hi,

I'm having a problem with Windows 7. It installed and runs fine, but I'm running into compatibility issues with it. Namely, I have to run a program called Cisco Clean Access to connect to my network, and currently Windows 7 is an "unsupported" operating system.

Is there anyway to make Windows 7 appear as if it's Vista so Clean Access will let me through?

Thanks
If it shows as "unsupported" there is no way to use it, it will always check for the system, even if you attempt to make it compatible.

Until such time as when CCA upgrade to 7 its a no go.

7 has an excellent networking setup,
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03 Feb 2009   #9
Dragor1

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dual boot with Fedora KDE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Farkel View Post
I already tried messing with the compatibility of the program and it doesn't work.

Hi Farkel! I would suggest you also try these:

1. Run as Administrator. Probably, even disable UAC and then try! But always keep it in compatibility mode. Try XP as the compatibility option.

2. If possible, Install the program in Vista /XP on some other computer or your own if you have it, and then move the Installed program to 7's Program Files dir. Keep in mind that you will also have to export the required registry settings and also any datat that the program stores in C:\Users\<Your Username>\AppData\Local or LocalLow or Roaming dirs!

I suggest you try running it in Vista first as it has the same dir structure in the AppData dir.

Hope this helps!
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03 Feb 2009   #10
OCM770

Windows 7 (main)
 
 

Still, for example, using TweakNT.exe on Windows XP you could change your OS version ( in regsitry). Does anyone know the necessary key to do so?
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