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#1 Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:06

We know that Windows RT won't run existing Windows 7 programs. But don't be discouraged, as some Windows 7 programs have been ported to Windows RT, and they will work out of the box. As you would expect, all these will run on the Windows RT Desktop. I have listed many (not al) of these programs. If you find an error or have something to add to the list, do let us know through replies.

List of Windows 7 programs that will work on Windows RT:
  • Adobe Flash
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Windows Defender
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Microsoft Wordpad
  • Notepad
  • Snipping Tool
  • Sticky Notes (the one in Windows 7)
  • Sound Recorder
  • Command Prompt
  • Windows PowerShell (and Windows Power Shell ISE, which is an integrated scripting environment to making scripting more visual and easier)
  • XPS Viewer (desktop app; not the modern reader)
  • File Explorer
  • Internet Explorer (Desktop)
  • Problem Steps Recorder
  • Windows Fax and Scan
  • Calculator (calc.exe)
  • Math Input Panel
  • Windows Journal
  • HTML Help Viewer (a legacy help viewer used by many old programs, some new programs, and the Windows Management Console Help System)
  • Task Manager
  • Control Panel and System Utilities, like Task Scheduler, Disk Cleanup, etc)
These are a descent collection, don't you think? I also want to note that neither iOS nor android offer the latest version of Adobe Flash that will be continually updated. Windows RT is a bargain, isn't it?

Did you see an error? Have I missed anything? Let us know.


#2 phailyoor

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 17:55

Inb4 people start making gigantic full programs in only powershell code to get around the MS walled garden. It's a good list of programs, but if there's even ONE other desktop program you need, then RT is almost useless.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 18:09

This is a good list? Seriously? This list isn't really shocking.

#4 Brandon

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 18:11

Considering the Acer W510 is also $500 for 32GB and has the full Win8 on it...

#5 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 18:12

Most of those (besides Office) are basic features of Windows. If all of those weren't compatible, it would be a massive letdown.

#6 TPreston

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 18:14

Apparently its going to be able to use WSUS but I haven't seen how to link it to the wsus server without group policy

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 19:33

Apparently its going to be able to use WSUS but I haven't seen how to link it to the wsus server without group policy

Normally you can change the "Windows Update"-Settings directly in the registry (just google it)...

#8 vetneufuse

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 19:37

Wish they had AD tools and all the other RSAT management tools... would make WinRT ok for mobile admins at least

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 19:39

Wish they had AD tools and all the other RSAT management tools... would make WinRT ok for mobile admins at least

Unless the Windows 8 RTM tools changed it, RSAT requires you are joined to a domain which isn't supported on RT. Would definitely be nice if it was available.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 19:41

Most of those (besides Office) are basic features of Windows. If all of those weren't compatible, it would be a massive letdown.

Most of those aren't basic features of, let's say, Android (for which also five nines of 3rd party apps are half assed amateurish spit in comparison to MS, even those which cost monies). So, sadly, these days it can be considered a bargain. Now I wouldn't know about latest iOS, but somehow I figure it is not be much better there, except for the half-assed part.

#11 a1ien

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 19:45

Like, how is this ALLOWED? What I mean to say is, if Windows RT has a desktop and it has a windowing system, how can they refuse permission to say Adobe, for making a version of Photoshop for the desktop side of Windows RT? Obviously they could do it - M$ probably has a whole SDK internally.

It's not anti-trust I guess since they don't have a monopoly, but it is BS!

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 19:48

Like, how is this ALLOWED? What I mean to say is, if Windows RT has a desktop and it has a windowing system, how can they refuse permission to say Adobe, for making a version of Photoshop for the desktop side of Windows RT? Obviously they could do it - M$ probably has a whole SDK internally.

It's not anti-trust I guess since they don't have a monopoly, but it is BS!

Because it's their operating system? The only reason the desktop is even included is because Office doesn't have an RT version. They were considering not having the desktop even in there at one point. Remember, Windows RT is not Windows 8 in the sense that Windows RT is an OEM only product designed for tablets on ARM.

#13 mancode20

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 19:54

Will it be able to run a non Modern UI/Metro version of Firefox, Google Chrome, etc? I'm guessing no and that you need Win8 Pro for that. It will run Modern UI/Metro versions of those two apps, right? Also, I know there will be a Skype app upon launch, but what about Yahoo! Messenger or even Windows Live Messenger?

#14 vetneufuse

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 19:56

Unless the Windows 8 RTM tools changed it, RSAT requires you are joined to a domain which isn't supported on RT. Would definitely be nice if it was available.


yeah I know, I was just saying it would of been nice

#15 deanrock

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 20:00

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Will it be able to run a non Modern UI/Metro version of Firefox, Google Chrome, etc? I'm guessing no and that you need Win8 Pro for that. It will run Modern UI/Metro versions of those two apps, right? Also, I know there will be a Skype app upon launch, but what about Yahoo! Messenger or even Windows Live Messenger?


No, there will be no "normal" style applications on Windows RT, desktop mode is only for selected applications, and at least for now, only Microsoft can make such apps.

Of course you can run modern UI versions of those two apps, if they will be released. Metro Chrome browser already exists, and it is, at least in my opinion, better than Metro IE.



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