This blog WAS about my experiences with the new Microsoft Vista OS. I went back to Windows XP, so I'm no longer updating it. However, I decided to leave it on-line, at least until Vista is officially released. There may be a few tips here that will help other beta users.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Installing Britannica 2006 Ultimate Reference Suite

Here are instructions for installing Britannica 2006 Ultimate Reference Suite on Windows Vista.

The problem that I had is that whenever I tried to open the DVD, it just ran the install program, and the install program locked up on the second screen. Getting around that was pretty simple.

  1. Insert the DVD, cancel auto-run
  2. Go to Computer
  3. Right-click DVD drive, and click Explore
  4. Right-click the install file, and set it to run in compatibility mode with Windows XP Service Pack 2
  5. Run the install program, cancel out the visual themes incompatibility prompt that it gives you, and follow the prompts in the Britannica installer
  6. On the screen where you have to enter the serial number, the box to enter it in does not show up. Just hit the Tab key, and the cursor will go to the box.
  7. When Britannica tries to install QuickTime, Vista pops up telling you that QuickTime has known compatibility issues. It seems that these compatibility issues just have to do with QuickTime updating itself. Just tell it to run the program.
  8. Once it's done, restart the computer (you might not even have to do this), and it will work like a charm...(well, it did for me anyway).
When you open Britannica, Vista pops up a message saying that certain visual elements have been disabled, blah blah blah. I haven't spent a lot of time in it yet, but everything seems to be working so far. I just told Vista to not display that message again.


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