Vista, Windows 7, 8 and 10 Compatibility

 We have tried out our software and machines running Windows Vista and Windows 7. Read on to see what we found…

 

Denford Software with Windows XP, Windows 732 bit, Windows 864 bit and Windows 10 tests

Please note that some users are reporting blank 3D windows in programs such as VR Milling and QuickCAM . This is a problem with the new OS and the graphics card drivers as the same problem appears in other software that uses OpenGL. We recommend updating to the very latest drivers from the graphics card manufacturers website.

NB, These are straightforward tests carried out by us on a PC which had:
Windows Vista 32bit Business edition (Final release)
Windows 7 Professional, pre-installed from new.
Windows 8 Professional – upgrade from Win7 Home Premium
Windows 10 Professional, pre-install from new.

The results shown are based on our findings and may not be representative of results obtained using other hardware, versions of Denford software, version of Vista/Win7/Win8 or future Vista/Win7/Win8 updates / patches.
NB – The XP/Program Compatability wizard was NOT used in Windows 7/8 tests

Product Windows XP
Compatibility (%)
Windows 7
Compatibility (%)
Windows 8 Compatibility Windows 10 Compatibility Notes
VR Milling Version 5

100

100

100 100 v5.14 Installed and major functions tested without problem
v5.17 fixes an incompatibility with the help files and Vista
** See device driver notes for Windows 8
VR Milling Version 2 100 100 90 90 Some issues due to old software components
VR Turning Version 1.47

100

100

100

100

There are No issues with the latest version of VR Turning, 1.47.

PCB Engraver 100 100 100 100 No issues 32-Bit (64-Bit USB Driver now available)
** See device driver notes for Windows 8
LatheCAM Designer 0  0 0 0 Will not install – recommend QuickTURN 2D Design (see below)
QuickTURN 2D Design 100 100 100 100  No issues
MillCAM Designer 0  0 0 0 Will not install – recommend QuickCAM 2D Design instead
QuickCAM 3D v3

100

 See note >

Will work with new license (seckey.tff)

 See note >

Will work with new license (seckey.tff)

 See note >

Will work with new license (seckey.tff)

Will need new security licence (seckey.tff). Version 3 used to run with an old licence (flash or dongle). These old methods will not run on Vista
QuickCAM Pro 100 100 100 100 No issues
QuickCAM 2D Design 100 100 100 100 No issues
LaserCAM 2D Design 100 100 100 100 No issues
QuickCAM 4D 100 100 100 100 No issues
UP! 3D Printer 100 100 100 100 No issues
VLS Driver 5.26.45  N/A 90 100 100

 

** Device Driver notes for Windows 8
Windows 8 will not install unsigned drivers “out of the box”.
However, you can change a setting in advanced startup options. The option is “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement”
This forum post shows how to change the setting.

Network Paths:

These network paths and files are also relevant for other Denford software which will use the same file types and locations

Application Directory:
XP – C:\Program Files\Denford\VRMilling5
Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 – C:\Program Files\Denford\VRMilling5
Contains:
VRMilling5.exe
VRMilling5.ini (This is installed default and is copied to the users directory when VRMilling is run)
Various other files eg, help file, Mint files (.mnt)

Global Application Data:
XP – C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Denford\
Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 – C:\ProgramData\Denford\

Contains:
Machine List.ini (lists which machines are available)
Material files (.MAT)
Offset files (.MOF)
Machine config (.ini) files in \ConfigM
Post Processor (.ppl) files in \Posts

Users Application Data:
XP – C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Denford\
Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10– C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Denford\

Contains:
VRMilling5.INI – The users copy of the application settings file (can be deleted to restore default settings)
VRMilling5.FPS – Users own application form(s) positions and sizes stored here
VRMilling5.HST – Application file history stored in here

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