The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #150718   Message #3514088
Posted By: JohnInKansas
12-May-13 - 12:43 AM
Thread Name: windows 8 microsoft admit failure
Subject: RE: windows 8 microsoft admit failure
Joe -

The Streets and Trips packages claimed, in the listed "System Requirements" to be "fully compatible with Win7 32 bit and 64 bit.

It does run in my Win7 64-bit, but only if I "run as Administrator."

As to whether it's worth running, we spent most of a day trying to find 3 addresses using it on the laptop we took along, and found 5 different local streets that Streets and Trips said were more than five miles from where they're actually laid on the ground.

Search and trip planning are about the clumsiest I've seen in any of a half dozen roadmap programs I've used (in about 20 years), and I just can't trust it to get me anywhere. Fortunately, I don't have GPS hooked into it, or we'd never have found our way home.

"Points of Interest" as included in most map programs, that you can show or hide on the maps, include only a limited number of the most highly commercialized businesses - and a few churches. No historical places, parks, etc to be found.

Nearly all the "incompatibilities" we've found have been tied into "Security" changes. In very old Windows versions, an individual program could access the hard drive directly, but a number of "protection layers" have been added, with different flavors. It's possible that in a "library setup" where anyone can access anything to do anything the problem with S&T install might squeeze in, but we run with "identified users" able to "do anything" with no "guest privileges" that we've intentionally created.

As usual, Microsoft explanations are nonexistent.