Certain exe files will not run in Vista

I have a user who has a Vista computer.   Yes I know they should toss it, but they cannot right now.  The computer was recently re-installed with a 32 bit OEM dvd.  The installation went very smoothly.   We were able to download Firefox, Chrome, Malwarebytes and Apache open Office and install them.  But when it comes to things like CCleaner and Superantispyware, we go to Downloads and double click but the wheel spins for two seconds goes away and nothing happens.  I have tried some things like checking the exefile, and that seems to be okay.  Any ideas?
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
It would probably be better to reinstall as a 64-bit system rather than a 32-bit system.  64-bit applications will not run under a 32-bit system, but many 32-bit applications will run under a 64-bit system.  You may have 64-bit install kits for the failing applications.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I agree. I have a Vista Business 64-bit machine and it runs most things.
syssolutAuthor Commented:
It is a 64 bit key.   Is there any place I can download a 64 bit ISO of Vista?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Vista is no longer available from Microsoft, so you would need to look on eBay or like source. I acquired my Vista license and DVD on eBay.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
If you have an OEM key, you should probably get the OEM 64-bit install CD for the system's manufacturer.  These are frequently available on fleabay and are not overly expensive.  Or you could ask a locally owned PC repair shop if they can duplicate their CD for you.

I wouldn't download an ISO anywhere as you never know what unwanted hangers-on are going to come along with it.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Just my opinion regarding buying licenses on eBay etc.
If price to good to be true, it probably is a key that it resold to different people or OEM which is not legal to resell
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have purchased from a reputable person on eBay and the license was / is good. One only needs to check out the vendor to be sure.
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
I agree with always buying from top rated sellers but personally, I would still phone MS as per link posted
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
If you are thinking about purchasing a key I would suggest you move up to windows 7 pro or ultimate. Vista is a resource hog and a lot of things wouldn't run or needed tweaking.  Win7 is like what xp was fast and smooth and runs really well
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That would be a good idea. My own Vista VM works smooth and fast, but so also does my Windows 7 VM.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
>>  But when it comes to things like CCleaner and Superantispyware, we go to Downloads and double click but the wheel spins for two seconds goes away and nothing happens.

Might be a very new version that is NOT supported on Vista.  Try an older version of CCleaner and see if that will run.
I had similar problems with a re-install of Vista on a client's computer.  They went away once I got all of the updates installed.  Have you installed SP1 and SP2?  What about updates (many!) after those?
fred hakimRetired ITCommented:
It sounds like you are having trouble downloading CCleaner and Superantispyware.  From where?  Both should work just fine in Vista 32 bit.  
the home sites for those are:  

Also I agree with CompProbSolv above, make sure all the Windows updates are completed first.
syssolutAuthor Commented:
I got a copy of Vista 64 bit ultimate and now I cannot download updates.   The update bar just keeps going across and never downloads any updates.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Did it install at all. Vista Update no longer run. True for me and other members here. If it runs at all, that is all you can do.

Upgrade to newer if you can.

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fred hakimRetired ITCommented:
Windows 7 was having similar issues all last year, where on a clean install the checking for updates would sit and spin forever.   I can't say they were resolved, since I stopped doing clean windows 7 installs for that reason.  I keep a seeded version with the updates applied.  If Vista is having the same problem,  you may want to head to the microsoft forums to check out what they may have for the Vista version of the issue.

If you want, I can post a cocktail of actions and fixes I used to get around the problem on 7.  Never did figure out any specific fix for it, but when I did this list of stuff, I could get update updating again.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have Vista here and updates stopped 6 - 8 months ago. Windows 7 is still updating.
fred hakimRetired ITCommented:
Vista is still supported and should be updating.  If its not you are certainly at risk.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows updates have had issues and Vista has been left behind so far as I can see. I was fully up to date as of mid last year.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am just running my Vista machine now (already at SP2 and patched) and updates just run endlessly. It has such low market share, it just has been left behind.
fred hakimRetired ITCommented:
That could be correct, last I heard was a 10 year support for windows products and Vista may be past the 10 year mark.  I apologize for any confusion that may have caused.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 7 updates broke (the Internet is littered with such posts), and Vista updates are broken and not fixed.
syssolutAuthor Commented:
the installation was already Vista Service Pack 2.   I can download but cannot even install Flash Player.   I double click on it and it does nothing.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Is your network running?  Updates might not work but networking works (for me) and I can do whatever on the Internet.

That aside, it is time to dump Vista and move forward.
syssolutAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for suggestions, but owner is trashing system and buying new.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks. Microsoft formally ended Vista this past week.
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