Can I run Visual Studio .NET 2003 on Windows 7 64-bit using XP mode?

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I'm considering installing Windows 7. Microsoft compatibility advisor says there are "known issues" with Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003.

Does XP mode resolve these "known issues"?
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BitsBytesandMoreNetwork Operations Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
The known issues with Visual Studio .Net Pro 2003 on Vista and on Windows 7 are multiple and Microsoft does not support it. The only advice they give you is, if you decide to use it:
  • Run Visual Studio with elevated administrator permissions.
  • Be a member of the "Administrators" group on the local machine.
  • Right-click the Visual Studio icon and select the "Run as administrator" option from the context menu.
On the other hand, XP Mode was created to address and bypass these compatibility issues (after the Vista fiasco), so it should work .... This does not mean that it will since typically, even applications that are designed and approved for Windows 7 have issues.
People had issues with Visual Studio .NET Professional 2003 even in XP so the answer to your question will never be 100% accurate .... there will always be some issue although, in general ... it should work....
I hope this helps...
Bits ...
 

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BitsBytesandMore,

I have a new laptop that came with Windows 7. I find it very, very difficult to find/adjust all the settings I'm accustomed to in previous versions of Windows. This is even though I'm the only user/administrator. I assumed it was just that I was unfamiliar with the new OS. Your comments about "administrator", "administrator", "administrator" makes we wonder if there's something inherently more difficult with Windows 7.

Concerns over Visual Studio aside, would you recommend that I spend a $100 on XP Pro 64-bit or $180 on Windows 7?

Thanks.
BitsBytesandMoreNetwork Operations Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Hello tool man,
I would never recommend to anyone to buy a system that is already going into 10 years. There is nothing inherently more difficult in Windows 7, it's actually very satisfying to use (and I don't work for Microsoft). Never a step back!! ... always go forward.
What I meant by XP Mode .... take a look at the Videos on this page http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/support/default.aspx
Bits ..
Network Operations Manager
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
Forgot to address this: " .... I find it very, very difficult to find/adjust all the settings I'm accustomed to in previous versions of Windows..." As with everything, there is a learning curve... I was lost the first few minutes but once you start exploring what's new and test the features you might find that you don't need or don't want to configure some things as you had them before.
It might seem patronizing ... I'm not ... just spend a few minutes looking at these videos. Open your mind and see where the future is leading us to. They actually convinced me to change some hard core habits and configurations.  
Actually ... Windows 7 is looking so much like a Mac (I've always been a PC guy but amazed with Macs)..
Bits ...

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Windows 7 it is. Thanks.

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