How can I tell if software will be Windows Vista compatible? I am interested in buying Norton Ghost 10 and Quicken 2007, but I anticipate buying a new laptop next year. I don't want to wast $100 on software that will be obsolete if I buy a new computer.
This is a complicated question to answer actually.
it isn't as if the structure of the windows programming changed, it is the way that things were organized inside the programming that makes it difficult.
Registry entries aren't done the same way, the directory structure has been altered to make it easier for the end user as well.
The reason why anything wouldn't be compliant is if it was old. Anything new will most likely be ok with Vista, you just have to go to the products web site and check.
also with vista you've got to remember that anything that is 16bit will no longer work.
16 bit applications are those for msdos and windows 3.11. That is how I understand it, correct me if I am wrong.
You shouldn't worry much about 16 bit program stuff, unless you have a bunch of 1995-era DOS games that you'll die without (but you could probably set up your computer to dual-boot, or download software ports for most of them, like DooM and Duke3d).
Most retail programs will probably work fine on Vista except for the ones that get closer to the inner-workings of the system - I'm not sure about the Ghost 10 thing for Vista - but chances are they're working to get it to work with Vista. Check the product's site.