Here’s the latest word from Intuit about running Quickbooks under Vista, and it’s not pretty.

Quickbooks 2007 will run correctly, or so they say.

There’s no chance of getting Quickbooks 2003 or earlier versions to run.

And Quickbooks 2004, 2005, and 2006 – the versions most of you are running – can be made to run but with so many compromises and problems that it’s probably not worth trying.

“We have found that customers can try running QuickBooks 2004 to 2006 on Windows Vista if two conditions are met initially. First, the users must be set up as a Windows Administrator. Second, they will need to run the QuickBooks software in Windows XP Compatibility Mode. Note, however, that even then, users may experience problems including heavy incidence of error messages (during installation and operation) and some feature failures. . .

“Windows Vista is still an unsupported operating system for QuickBooks 2004, 2005 and 2006. But it appears that some clients may be able to proceed in such an environment.

User Experience: Error Messages Common. When users attempt to install and use QuickBooks 2006 or earlier on Windows Vista, they will generate multiple error and warning messages. In some cases, users can ignore such error messages and proceed. In operation, areas of functionality that may be affected include QuickBooks Payroll, QuickBooks Timer, creating invoices as PDFs, and Shipping Manager. Users also are only able to attempt this environment when they run the earlier version of QuickBooks on Windows Vista as the Windows Administrator and in XP Compatibility Mode. (Note: This approach undercuts many of the new security features in Windows Vista.)

More information on Intuit’s Vista Resource Center.

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