Vex and Vista

I am might be buying the Vex beginners Programming Kit, and I was wondering if it will work with Windows Vista Home Premium? Also, can it work with linux?:confused:

On another robotics forum, this question was raised. It was asked about EasyC Pro, but I think, since Pro is just the VEX and FRC versions, together, it should apply to this too.

And as for using EasyC on linux (more specifically, Ubuntu), I would check out this thread on the same forum. Again, it mentions EasyC Pro, but I believe it should apply to the VEX kit too. [

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I have been using Easy C with Vista for over a year now, (beta, rc2, production release). When I started I had problems with the license and had to run in in comparability mode for XP sp2 and let it run under admin rights.

From what I hear it should run a lot easier now.

Ok, I have a Vista laptop, but I want to use the Vex Beginners Programming kit. How do I get the two to work togather, or do I have to use my old Windows XP computer?
P.S. Vista is pretty good, but it is not as good as XP. OH well, I just have to wait for a service pack.:eek:

I have seen EasyC being run on a Vista laptop I don’t know if anything special had to be done. Check out this thread:

By the way you didn’t need to start a new thread your old one was still there, that is in fact where this link came from.

Did you mean this link, ** Is easyC compatible with windows vista** this link might be helpful to,
** Vista compatibility?**

Thanks, everyone!
As I said over on Chief Delphi, as of right now, our software is not approved for use in Windows Vista. We are still performing testing on it and hope for it to be fully capable in a future release.

Some of our customers have had luck with changing the compatibility settings for the executable file. The settings need to be Windows XP (service pack 2), as well as to run the program as an administrator. This suggestion is to be used at your own risk because we are not complete with our testing in Vista and it is not on our list of recommended operating systems.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Oh, yeah if anyone has Vista you should probably spread the word that almost all programs that are able to work with Vista, not specifically made for Vista, have a few glitches in them. I have Vista and I would stick with the XP for now. This is just a quick reminder, thought it might be a useful tip. I sure wish someone had told me before I got a Vista computer.

I am just curious will Vex easyC work with Linux?

A search of the Vexforums with “easyc linux” got a few Threads…

Try the thread, Linux Vex.

What!?!? Vista is awesome, it is way better than XP. it has some compatibility issues but you can right-click on a program and choose compatibility mode. by the way i’m a 13-year old computer programmer and vista is way better on the developer side:D :smiley: :smiley:

Computer Usage has a “long sad history” with the users moving from where they are to where the computer industry is going.
MicroSoft had a hard time moving IBM PC type computer users from text based DOS programs to graphic based Windows programs, because Windows versions 1.0, 2.0, “Windows for 286” and even “Windows for 386” forced the Computer User to mostly forgo their investment (both Monetary and Temporal) in their DOS based programs for the Windows based programs. Windows version 3.0 was the first Windows environment that supported “most” of their DOS based program well enough to let the Computer User start the Transition from DOS based to Windows based (see Wikipedia article, Microsoft Windows)

Most of the problems I have seen with Windows Vista, (so far) are with Windows Programs written before Vista, which are still more prevalent than Vista aware programs, and in some cases, there never will be a Vista aware version of the programs, because the programs are not developed anymore, but that a given program still performs is intended function for the Computer User, why should they give up a “tool” that works fine for them, when the “new” operating system does not support their program, and they don’t really need the features of the “new” operating system, they won’t “buy it”. Of course if the Manufacture of the “old” operating system withdraws it from the Market Place (i.e. You can not buy it any more), and only provides the “new” operating system, this can “force” the Manufactures of the Programs to make new versions for the “new” operating system, because of the Computer User “out cry” of why doesn’t your “XYZ program” not work on my “new” operating system??? If the Manufactures of the Programs are still in business and supporting the development of the “XYZ program”.

Computer Users don’t “buy an operating system” (e.g. Windows Vista), they buy “tools” to get their Job Done, that job might be Word Processing, or a Data Base, Graphic Design, or Robotic Development. Because Vista is easer to develop for, that helps Future Computer Users, not the ones right now that need to get their “jobs done”. Vista’s compatibility mode seems to work for the users interface issues, but the underlying structure (e.g. User Account Control) is what I keep running into problems with.

(Personal Opinion Section) I think the lack of Vista acceptance is directly related to the “poor” backward compatibility with the older (i.e. Legacy) Windows applications. Plus the hardware requirements to run Vista and the User Account Control “interruptions”…

Well, I to am a 15 year old computer/robotics amature developer, but I think that the fact that the old XP could ship on a CD and Vista takes up 15 gigs is reduculous. I do though think that Microsoft intentionally did this so that everyone would have to upgrade their computers. This would allow for faster and more advanced gamming, etc.

yes but now-a-days hard drives can fit a Terrabyte, or usually at least 120GB, even on a laptop

I have vista and it let me install it, but whenever I try to open it it gives me some sort of error about registration. I had to install it on ym old computer with windows XP HE for it to work.

Vista is absolutely gorgeous. Microsoft is using Vista to compete with the flawless interface of an Imac. I honestly don’t understand everyone’s hatred towards macs. They were originally build commercially as gaming and graphic computers. So far, the game aspect kinda sucks, no one makes the games for them as the programming is completely different from a pc. Mac’s are based on linux.

However as a programmer and graphics artist, macs are my favorite thing to work on. If I don’t have a mac I would rather have a windows vista.

Vista is a crack baby, let me tell you.

I get the blue screen of death regularly, and it’s always find when it starts back up, it’s just really inconvenient.

superfetch, which what makes the internet work, stops working a lot which is incredibly annoying because I have to restart the internet connection.

The OS is really glitchy, but it is a phenomenal program and OS if you look over the glitches.l

It does have some compatibility issues which make me sad. I can’t play maple story on it and they haven’t come out with a patch for it yet, which nexon promised almost a year ago.

Finally, someone who agrees with me! Vista is trying to be like a Mac, but the problem with Microsoft is that the OS is just not clean enough to pull that off. They have so many backdoors it is unbelivable. I think that everyone out there knows how to use CMD.exe to hack a computer, a Mac would never have this. But that brings me to another point; The best OS would probably be something that looks as great and is as secure as a Mac, but could be used to program like a PC.

Whatever, Linux will save us all.

Actually, Vista tried to copy the generic Unix-based (which encompasses Linux and Mac) operating system model of hierarchy, and only allowing certain programs certain privileges, and limiting the current user to what they actually have access to in the file system. That’s why there are so many compatibility issues with programs not specifically designed for Vista.

Microsoft keeps trying to copy from Mac and Linux, while it also keeps trying to support it’s huge legacy code base, and both of those goals are complete opposites. I wouldn’t be surprised (I half expect it) if there are tens of thousands of lines of code in Vista that haven’t been touched since Windows 95. There’s just too much old legacy code left in the operating system to make it efficient.

This is why Mac and Linux operating systems have generally had the advantage. Back in the late 1990s, when Apple realized that Mac OS 9 wasn’t really going anywhere, they started COMPLETELY from scratch with Mac OS X, using various BSD and Unix foundations to start from. Now just think about how daring it is to say we are deleting 15 years of work and starting completely over.

Microsoft probably will never have the guts to totally start from the ground up, and as such every continuing generation of Windows will only continue to have more and more bugs, and continue to support backward methods because “we’ve always done it this way” as opposed to the Linux/Mac method of “it’s better for the user if we totally rewrite this”.

And actually, for the most part developing code for Mac OS X isn’t that hard. They give you Xcode and a whole development suite for free as part of the operating system, all of which are great tools.

Or if you want cross-platform support for Mac and Linux, you can write your applications to use the x11 windowing system, and it’ll often take very little if any adjustments to port between the two OSes.

never in my entire life i though i would say this but if easyC was compatible with a Mac i think i would get one

I do not know if I would go with a Mac, but I get your point.