Pro version 4 or higher, if you can - but earlier versions may work
order to use PD Pro under Vista, you should use PD Pro version 4 or
higher. A lot of time and effort went into developing PD Pro 4 and to
test it under Vista. Earlier versions may not work right. Well at least
it didn't a while back when Vista was under beta development. Things
Therefore, if you
earlier version of PD (PD 2, PD Pro 3, free PD 1.2, PD Particles, PD
Artist...), you should still try some of the following, because
may have evolved in Vista too since last time we checked. In our own
experience, it's looking better now than in the past: For example,
here's a screenshot of PD 1.2 (free version) running on Vista Home
Premium with SP1. It was a very quick and easy installation with no
surprises. It just works!
Version 4 of PD Pro was written to run under the Vista beta2
are a number of things that have changed in the OS since XP to make it
less accessible. Namely, it is no longer possible to install programs
and data in the
same folder. This has been a standard practice since the
beginning of the OS. One other issue of note, was that 'Visual themes'
were very problematic
in beta builds. If need be, you can disable them in the properties
panel of the application.
Basic (VB) Runtime notes:
Make sure that
your version of Vista has the VB runtimes installed. We have heard of
some users whose systems did not come with VB runtimes pre-loaded, but
after installing the VB runtimes it all worked like a charm, so be sure
to read the following if you're having problems running Project
Dogwaffle under Vista:
(or, simply go
and search for VB Runtimes. Make sure the version you're downloading is
for your version of Windows In fact, even non-Vista, earlier versions
of Windows need VB runtimes for Project Dogwaffle to properly run. It
is possible (though rare and unlikely) that your system could benefit
from a VB runtime update.
In the Control panel look for User settings and specifically User
Account Control, aka UAC. Be sure to disable it.
Also note that PD Pro may require installing and operating under an
account. This is not the default for Windows Vista. Vista
by default forces you to use a limited account until you change
it. Vista by default is very much a "sandbox" that you can play
in, but when you need to do real work, you have to turn off a few
things. One solution
is to right click the Dogwaffle icon and select 'Run as Administrator' - it will ask
you to verify the program and when you do it opens the program up.
Where is the Temp
The Installer for Project DOgwaffle goes through two phases. In the
first phase, it extracts a bunch of files into a Temp folder. One of
these files is named SETUP.EXE. In the second phase, it runs that
Setup.exe file, which will guide you through the rest of the
installation. Depending on the state of your system, you have sometimes
observe a problem during the second phase. It may be that a different
Setup.exe file is found somewhere else, and that one be executed
instead of ours. In cases like these, one workaround is to find the
Temp folder here all these files were extracted, and run the SETUP.EXE
file manually. So that therefore begs the question: where is the Temp
In Windows XP, it's
usually C:\Documents and Settings\'username'\Local Settings\Temp
For example, if your username is 'Peter', you will likely have a folder
C:\Documents and Settings\Peter\Local
Under Windows Vista it is
likely something liek C:\users\'username'\AppData\Local\Temp
For example, if
your username is 'Peter', you will likely have a folder like this:
Go to that folder, and run the setup file from there.
Note that if you can't find the 'Local Settings' or Temp folder under
XP, you may a configuration of Folder Options that hides the hidden
files and folders. To change that:
- go to the Control Panel
- open Folder Options
- click the 'View' tab
- check 'Show hiden files and folders'
- while you're at it, we als recommend this: uncheck
'hide extension of known file types'
- click OK
During the installation if it does not pick up the correct directory,
you may have to manually point it to 'Program
now uses a form of virtualization to allow programs to be
installed in one destination, and data in another, without breaking the
software. PD Pro relies on a tremendous number of support files
as media, so this is needed to run the software. Vista handles
automatically when a program is installed. It will give you an
of how to install the software. Re-installing with the
virtualization option may correct problems you may have.
Got Runtime Error 339?
Component 'comdlg32.ocx' or one of its dependencies not
If you encounter this error message upon starting Project Dogwaffle,
you may need to un-register and re-register one or more OCX's, and you must do so by running the Command
prompt as Administrator!
regsvr32 /u C:\WINDOWS\system32\COMDLG32.OCX
regsvr32 /i C:\WINDOWS\system32\COMDLG32.OCX
and perhaps also:
regsvr32 /u C:\WINDOWS\system32\RICHTX32.OCX
regsvr32 /i C:\WINDOWS\system32\RICHTX32.OCX
Note: as mentioned, you must run the command promt as
administrator. To run command prompt
as administrator, hit the Start button
(usually in lower left on your screen), in the Search box type 'command', the search will return a
list of items, one of them being 'command prompt'. Right-click and select "Run as
under Windows Vista:
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