Windows Vista RC 1 Software Compatibility List

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For our latest results, check out the current listing.


NOTICE: This time around we've started fresh and reset the page content due to Vista having reached a new level of maturity with its Release Candidate 1 status.


This entry shall enable all ieXwiki members to create a list of software, that will work with Vista RC1 (Build 5600), or won't work, so that it's possible to check that even before installation. Feel free to contribute.

For our previous results, check out the Beta 1 listing or the Build 5219 listing or the Build 5270 listing or the Build 5308 listing or the Build 5342 listing or the Build 5365 listing or the Build 5381 listing or the Beta 2 (Build 5384) listing or the Build 5456 listing or the Build 5472 listing or the Build 5536 listing.

However, for our hardware compatiblity results, please see this alternative listing.

NOTES:

  • An italic entry denotes a piece of software that was reported to work previously, but is unconfirmed for this particular build. Therefore, new entries should generally NOT be italicized.
  • Please mention the version/build number of the software and if it applies to the 32-Bit or the 64-Bit Beta OS!
  • All 16-Bit software will fail to run on Vista as such legacy support has been removed from the OS!


Contents

Works

NOTICE: It seems that most, if not all, Java-based Windows applications disable Aero Glass. This is only temporary and the effects are restored when the program is closed. This issue has been fixed in the latest builds of Java 6 which can be obtained here. Please denote any applications that are Java based with a "{Java}".

Academic

  • ACD/ChemSketch v8.17 (32 Bit)
  • Fluent v6.2.16 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Installation directory copied from XP, so actual installer functionality under Vista is unknown.]
  • HyperChem v7.0 (32 Bit)
  • MDL CrossFire Commander v7.0 SP2 Build 46 (32 Bit)
  • MDL IsisDraw v2.5 (32 Bit)
  • MestRe-C v2.3 (32 Bit)
  • Nasa World Wind v1.3 (32 Bit)
  • OpenBabel OBGUI v1.0 (32 Bit)
  • SciFinder Scholar 2006 (32 Bit)
  • SpinWorks v2.5.4 (32 Bit)

AntiSpyware

AntiVirus

NOD 32 Eset 2.5 installed fine on Vista RC1, updates, scans emails and seems that all the features work such as spyware and adware prevention. No error messages.

Backups

CD/DVD Authoring

  • Ahead Nero v6.6.0.4 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Gives a warning about incompability, but works.]
  • Ahead Nero v6.6.0.8 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Gives a warning about incompability, but works.]
  • Ahead Nero v6.6.0.18 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Gives a warning about incompability, but works.]
  • Ahead Nero v6.6.1.14 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Gives a warning about incompability, but works.. However, not working with Plextor drive. Smart Start and Nero Express fails, Burning ROM works.]
  • Ahead Nero v7.0.0.0 Premium Edition (32 Bit) [NOTE: Gives a warning about incompability, but works. However, not working with Plextor drive.]
  • Ahead Nero Lite v7.2.7.0 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Here is another mirror site to download it.]
  • Ashampoo Burning Studio v6.20 (32 Bit and 64 Bit)
  • Ashampoo Burning Studio v6.30 (32 Bit and 64 Bit)
  • A-Ray Scanner v2.0.2.3 (32 Bit)
  • Daemon Tools v3.41 (32 Bit)
  • DVD Decrypter v3.5.4.0 (32 Bit and 64 Bit)
  • DVDFab Decrypter v3.0.0.1 Beta 9 (32 Bit)
  • DVD Shrink v3.2.0.15 (32 Bit)
  • EZ-Dub v3.3.4 (32 Bit)
  • Gear Video v8.02 (32 Bit)
  • ImgBurn v2.0.0.0 (32 Bit and 64 bit)
  • ImgBurn v2.1.0.0 (32 Bit and 64 bit)
  • Oront Burning Kit v1.3 (32 Bit)
  • PowerISO v3.2 (32 Bit)
  • SlySoftAnyDVD v6.0.5.1 (32 Bit)
  • SlySoft CloneCD v5.2.9.1 (32 Bit)
  • SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive v5.1.4.5 (32 Bit)
  • Sonic RecordNow Plus v7.3 (32 Bit)
  • UltraISO v8.2.0.1669 (32 Bit)

Compression

  • 7-Zip v4.42 (32 Bit)
  • IZArc v3.5 Beta 3 (32 Bit)
  • WinRAR v3.51 Corporate Edition (32 Bit)
  • WinRAR v3.61 (32 Bit and 64 Bit)
  • WinZip v10.0 Build 6698 (32 Bit)

Defragmenting

Developer Tools

Emulators

  • ePSXe v1.6.0 (with Pete's D3D Driver 1.75 @ "nice")
  • Kawaks 1.45XP (loader work)
  • Kawaks 1.46XP (loader dont work)
  • Kawaks 1.48XP
  • MAME32K(hack) 0.64 (ignore mame warning and do "continue")
  • Project 64 v1.6
  • pSX v1.9 (nice psx emu runnin' without plugin)
  • RockNES X v2.0
  • Snes9X v1.42
  • U64emulator v1.0.0.2 (killer instinct 1 and 2)
  • ZiNC 1.0.2 (with frontend ZiNcGUI version 1.9.5)

File Sharing

  • Azureus v2.5.0.0 [NOTE: Renders in Aero only with JRE 6.0 > Beta 2]
  • Azureus v2.5.0.0 (64bit)[NOTE: Renders in Aero only with JRE 6.0 > Beta 2.] [Also use 32bit jre]
  • BearShare Pro v5.2.5.3 (32 Bit) [Note: Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and privilege level set as an administrator]
  • BitComet v0.71 (32 Bit)
  • BitLord
  • eMule v0.47c (32 Bit)
  • eMule v0.47a Xtreme 5.2.1 (32 Bit)
  • Limewire v4.12.6 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Renders in Aero Basic]
  • Limewire PRO v4.9.30 (32 bit)
  • Shareaza v2.2.1.0 (32 Bit)
  • μtorrent v1.6 (Build 474) (32 Bit & 64 Bit) [NOTE: UPnP implementation currently broken.]
  • iSeries Access V5R3M0 (Service Pack SI10817)

Firewalls/IDSs

FTP

Games

NOTICE: gaming performance in Vista will not likely run as well as in XP until finalized video drivers are released. It is expected that video driver support comparable to XP's will be available on or before the official release date for Microsoft Vista. Do not expect the Vista installation discs to contain optimized video drivers. You should periodically check the Website of the manufacturer of your video card's chipset (ie NVidia, ATI) for updated drivers.

  • 2006 FIFA World cup (32 Bit)
  • Age of Empires 3 (patch 1.08 and higher)
  • Baldurs Gate : Tales of the Sword Coast v1.3.5521 (32 bit)
  • Battlefield 2 Patch 1.3 [NOTE: Requires elevated privileges.]
  • Battlefield 2142 Betas 1 and 2 [NOTE: Requires elevated privileges.]
  • Black and White 2 v. 1.0-1.2
  • Call Of Duty 2 (on ATI9600)[Note: Punkbuster is not compatible with Vista. You can play on non-Punkbuster servers]*(Punkbuster servers will work if you right click the icon and go to compatability mode and set to run program as administrator)
  • Civilization IV (original and Warlords)
  • Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun (64 Bit)
  • Company of Heroes (32 Bit)
  • Cue Club
  • Dark Age of Camelot (Darkness Rising Client) v1.84 (64 Bit)
  • Delta Force Black Hawk Down (32 Bit)
  • Far Cry (64 Bit)
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War (tested version 1.2)
  • Devil May Cry 3 (on x800pro with ATI Vista beta driver)
  • Dungeon Siege II
  • Dungeon Siege II Broken World
  • Eve On-Line [Note: Just give a warning about Direct X Version, but works fine]
  • (Freeware)Endless-online download[Note: you will have to download the zipped version of the game and then unzip it and run the .EXE file found in the unzipped pack.]
  • FEAR (64 Bit)
  • FEAR Combat (64 Bit)
  • Final Fantasy XI (32bit & 64bit) [NOTE: You need to backup your updated PlayOnline folder from a previous installation, then copy it over the PlayOnline folder installed in Vista. Disregard the incompatibility warning.]
  • FlatOut 2
  • Flight Simulator X - Beta 3 (32-bit)
  • Goonzu
  • GTA III
  • GTA San Andreas
  • GTA Vice City
  • Guild Wars (32 Bit & 64 Bit)
  • GTR2 v1.0 (32 Bit)
  • Guilty Gear XX#reload (on ATI9600)
  • Half-Life 2 (32 Bit & 64 Bit) [NOTE: Steam loads 64bit version of HL2 in x64)
  • Heroes of Might and Magic IV
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb v1.01 (32 Bit & 64 Bit)
  • Lego Star Wars (32 Bit & 64 Bit)
  • Lego Star Wars II (32 Bit & 64 Bit)
  • Just Cause (32 Bit)[notes works on clean install note tried on vistas upgrade]
  • Madden nfl 2007 (on ATI9600)
  • Matrix - Path of Neo (on x800pro with ATI Vista beta driver)
  • Need for Speed Underground 2 (32 Bit)
  • Metal Gear Solid - Integral
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (32 Bit)
  • Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds (32 Bit & 64 Bit)
  • Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
  • NHL 2006 (but only one resolution available *640/480* [high] on ATI9600)
  • NHL 2007 (but only one resolution available *640/480* [high] on ATI9600)
  • Pirate King Online
  • Planescape : Torment v1.1 (32 bit)
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (32 Bit) [NOTE: Installer requires elevated privileges.] [NOTE: Will only run with Starforce Protection updated driver. http://www.star-force.com/support/sfdrvup.zip ]
  • Prey (32 bit)
  • rFactor (32 bit)
  • PKR (32 bit) [Online poker game]
  • Rise of nations: Rise of Legends (32 bit)
  • Rogue Trooper (32 Bit & 64 Bit)
  • SimCity 4 (32 Bit)
  • Starcraft (32 bit)
  • Star Wars Battlefront II (32 Bit)
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion v1.1.511 (32 Bit)
  • The Sims 2 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Vista Gives a warning, seems to run fine anyhow.]
  • Titan Quest v1.20 (32 Bit)
  • Toca race driver 3 [32bit] (star force driver's incompatible - need noCD + Original DVD in dvd drive to run the game)
  • Tri-Towers v2.1.3 [NOTE: Gives error after exit & can't register]
  • Trackmania Nations (32 Bit) [NOTE: Will only run with Starforce Protection Updated driver. http://www.star-force.com/support/sfdrvup.zip
  • Tron 2.0 (miss menu music on ATI9600)
  • Unreal Tournament 2004 (32 Bit)
  • Vietcong 2
  • Warcraft III Reign of Chaos
  • Warcraft III The Frozen Throne [Note: No sound after update 1.20e]
  • World of Warcraft v1.12.0.5595 (32 Bit)
  • ZDameon (Doom Multiplayer)
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 (32 Bit)
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 Endangered Species Expansion (32 Bit)
  • Zoo Tycoon 2 African Adventure Expansion (32 Bit)

Graphics

Mapping/GPS

  • Garmin MapSource v6.11.5 - Application and USB drivers install and run just fine. [NOTE: If you get "Access denied reading from Registry" when running the application, run it as Administrator.]
  • Street Atlas USA 2006 Desktop and Handheld Editions

Media

Messaging

Office Tools

VPN Clients

Web Browsers and Plug-Ins

Miscellaneous


Has problems, but they can be solved

Academic

  • EnCIFer v1.2 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Everything works except labeling.]
  • Maple 10 [NOTE: Installer halts, can be resolved by running in Windows 2000 compatibility mode.]
  • Mercury v1.4.1 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Everything works except labeling.]
  • Ortep v1.08 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Requires Administrator mode.]

AntiSpyware

  • Ad Muncher v4.7 Build 26039/1344 Beta (32 Bit & 64 Bit) [NOTE: The setup needs to be run in Administrator mode.]

AntiVirus

Backups

CD/DVD Authoring

  • Ahead Nero v7.2.0.3b (32Bit) [NOTE: Internal Error - Fails to install properly, but program works]
  • Daemon Tools v3.02 [NOTE: Says driver not found but thats ok, just always run as adminstrator.]
  • Daemon Tools v3.33 (32 Bit) [NOTE: UAC disabled.]
  • Daemon Tools v4.0.6 (32 Bit and 64 bit) [NOTE: Has full Vista support, but it's important to read this post for installation procedure .]
  • Magic Disk v2.5.701 (32 Bit and 64 bit) [NOTE: Mounts up to 15 virtual CD/DVD images, but have to run as Administrator. However, some report that the driver causes Vista to crash on startup!]

Compression

  • PKZIP v8.00.0026 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Must configure run program to "Run as Administrator" and in "Windows XP SP2" compatibility mode']

Defragmenting

  • Diskeeper v10.0.598.0 Professional Beta (32 Bit) [NOTE: The setup must only be installed/uninstalled by the default Administrator account.]
  • [1] O&O Defrag V8.5 Bulid 1788 [NOTE: Can only be installed as an update from V8.0, and then has to be manually started from the MMC.]

Developer Tools

  • Apache HTTP Server v2.x [NOTE: Must configure setup to "Run as Administrator" to install service or run it from console. Also, must configure monitoring client to "Run as Administrator" and in "Windows XP SP2" compatibility mode.]
  • Macrovision Installshield v12 [NOTE: Installs fine and basic MSI is good. InstallScript has a problem with the UTF8 file format. Odd characters appearing in files and won't compile]

Emulators

  • T.B.D.

File Sharing

T.B.D

Firewalls/IDSs

  • pctools firewall plus Works fine but generate some incompatibility with windows update and validation check => Vista might refuse to start. There is a workaround.

FTP

  • T.B.D.

Games

  • City of Heroes (32 Bit) [NOTE: To have the game function, must change to XP video drivers, thus sacrificing Aero effects.] (on Nvidia, untested on ATI)
  • Dungeon Keeper 2 v1.7 (32 bit) [NOTE : Installer will not work, must have installed previously (or copy contents from CD), game itself runs fine, best under Win2000 compatibility]

Graphics

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 v9.0.2 (32 Bit & 64 Bit) Note: Adobe Updater fails on many components, some appear to be updated however. Manually download and install updates for best results.
  • AutoDesk Architectural Desktop 2006(32 Bit) Note: Gets through the install fine. Then for some reason it has trouble dealing with the new "Appdata" directory structure. Errors upon initial use stating that it can't locate certain program files. In order to correct this, while in the program go to options->files and manually redirect the program to the correct paths.
  • PhotoDraw 2000 v.2 (Microsoft). Note: loads and works, but will save only in .mix and .tiff if Office 2007 loaded. Solution if wishing to create .jpeg files, etc.: save in .tiff and batch convert using graphic converter program.

Media

  • Intervideo WinDVD 7 Platinum [Note: Installer crashes at the very end, but program appears to properly operate after that, although with a UAC prompt every time it launches.]
  • iTunes 7 iPodService wont work in iTunes
  • Philips Media Manager Software v3.3.12 [NOTE: Incompatible with AERO - Vista drops to 'Basic' mode.]

Messaging

  • Microsoft Office Communicator v1.0.559 (32 Bit) [Note: Random crashes]
  • Trillian v3.1 build 121 (32 Bit) Need to disable av.dll in plugins.ini for Aero Glass to work - instructions
  • USCSS Nostromo A7X v0.7.5300.12495 Changing program options may cause Nostromo to inform you some options were not saved; run Nostromo as Administrator and set the desired options to get around this. Next release fixes this issue by making Nostromo UAC-aware.

Office Tools

  • T.B.D.

Office Communicator crashes likely due to know issues

Office Communicator cras903928 Description of the update for Communicator 2005: February 10, 2006 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;903928


912008 Description of the Outlook 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package (Emsmdb32.dll): December 19, 2005 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;912008

VPN Clients

  • T.B.D.

Web Browsers and Plug-Ins

  • Firefox 2 Beta 2 (32 bit) [Note: Installs fine. Runs great. After the frist restart of Vista it will not open]
  • [UPDATE] Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 (32 bit) works PERFECTLY FINE on Vista post-RC1 Build-5728 (32 bit edition), even after restart.

Miscellaneous

  • VMWare Workstation v5.5.2 (32 Bit) [Note: Unsigned Driver install warning. Must run as Administrator for full functionality.]
  • Pixeur v.2.7.08 [NOTE: Must run 'As Administrator' and in 'Windows XP SP2 Compatibility Mode']
  • PostCast Server Professional v3.0.58 [NOTE: Must run 'As Administrator' and in 'Windows XP SP2 Compatibility Mode']
  • ACDsee v5.0 and below
  • Directory Opus v8.2.2.4 U [NOTE: Installer refuses to copy some files to installation folder. Must copy files from a previous installation.]


Heavy problems, currently incompatible

Academic

  • Maple 9 Installer Halts, brings windows into Aero Basic
  • Maple 9.5 Installer Halts, brings windows into Aero Basic

AntiSpyware

ewido Antivirus

AntiVirus

  • Avast! Home Edition v4.7 (32 Bit) [NOTE: A service is blocked by Vista.]
  • AVG Anti-Virus Free v7.1.405 (64bit) Installer refuses to install on 64bit. The 32bit version brakes down at boot. Compatibility mode doesnt solve the problem.
  • ESET NOD32 v2.51.26 (32 Bit)
  • Symantec Antivirus version 10.2.0.199 - Auto Protect turns off and Uninstaller fails to complete
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus [Any Version] - Blocked by Vista due to incompatibility.

Backups

CD/DVD Authoring

  • Ahead Nero v6.6.0.13 (32bit) - Installs but crashes when run (express and ROM)
  • Ahead Nero v7.2.3.2b (32Bit) [NOTE: Internal Error - Fails to install properly, fails to start program]
  • Ahead Nero v7.2.7.0 (32Bit) [NOTE: Internal Error - Fails to install properly, fails to start program]
  • Daemon Tools v4.0.3 x86 (Vista says incompatible and won't execute setup)
  • SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive v5.1.4.5 (64 Bit) [NOTE: Installation file is not launching saying it won't run on the operating system.]
  • Padus Discjuggler v4.60.1214 [NOTE: Installs and runs, but will not burn. Throws "Drive Not Ready" error.]
  • Roxio Easy Media Creator v9 (32-bit) - Install but will not run
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 (32Bit) [NOTE: Installation file is not launching saying it won't run on the operating system.]
  • Adobe Encore DVD 2 (32 Bit) - Installer is designed to run on WinXP SP2. Won't install

Compression

Defragmenting

  • Diskeeper Professional Premier v10.0.606 [NOTE: Refuses to install; says unsupported Operating System. Free public beta is available; see above in Works > Defragmenting section.]
  • PerfectDisk 8.0 Build 30 [NOTE: Will extract installer but then say incompatible os]

Developer Tools

Emulators

  • T.B.D.

File Sharing

  • Azureus (Java 6 beta 2) Error JVM could not be started. The main method may have thrown an exception. (PLEASE CHECK VALIDITY) - (Note!) The work around for this is to install Azureus 2.4.0.2 after installing Java 6 beta 2. Azureus will then install properley. Open Azureus after it has installed and let it update, after that all works fine.

Firewalls/IDSs

FTP

  • NetDrive : (32) doesn't work at all.

Games

  • Albatross18 Golf [NOTE: This will install fine, but fail to enter into the game.]
  • Colin McRae Rally 2005 (64 Bit) [NOTE: The game doesn't launch saying it's not compatible with the OS.]
  • Command & Conquer (64 Bit) [NOTE: Fails to install, incompatible.]
  • Command & Conquer Red Alert (64 Bit) [NOTE: Fails to install, incompatible.]
  • Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2 do not work at all. Fails to start.
  • SimCity 4 (64 Bit) [NOTE: Game fails to start due to not detecting cd in drive.]
  • Empire Earth 1 and Art of Conquest Expansion Problems Whith C++ Runtime Libry error
  • GTA 2 Say that DirectX 8.1 is not installed
  • Second Life Won't connect to login server
  • MS-DOS Games, Duke Nukem 3D, Doom 95 etc... [NOTE: These games/some of these games may not work on Windows Vista, because they are old games, they were designed for very old Windows versions or only MS-DOS]

Graphics

  • T.B.D.

Media

  • Adobe Premiere Pro v2.0 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Run Setup.exe in "Windows XP" compatibility mode.]
  • Auto Gordian Knot v2.32b (32 Bit) [NOTE: Installs fine but crashes on launch.]
  • ATI Multimedia Center v8.2 and v8.8 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Installs fine but crashes on launch.]
  • BSplayer v2.00 Pro Build 937 (32 Bit) [NOTE: Can't display video.]
  • Linkman v6.8.0.79 (32 Bit) [NOTE: I have it installed but it won't start in Vista, though it worked fine in XP/SP2 without installing.]
  • Mp3Tag v2.36 (64 Bit) [NOTE: Installs fine but says it's missing memory when you try to run it.]
  • TMPGEnc Plus 2.5 (32 Bit) install fine, freeze when open new project or browes for files.
  • Rhapsody music client 3.1.0.0281 (32 bit) [NOTE: Blocked as an incompatible application]
  • Easy CD-DA Extractor 9.0 (32 Bit) install fine, cannot convert files "Failed to load ACD interface" when click on the "Convert" button
  • Steinberg WaveLab 5.01a ; 5.01b, Install fine, crash when open media files or "save as" for files.

Messaging

windows livemail beta (latest build with rhapsody support) ideas.live.com

Office Tools

VPN Clients

  • Nortel Extranet Client

Web Browsers and Plug-Ins

  • T.B.D.

Miscellaneous

  • ACDSee v6.0 and above. DLL error when executing the program
  • ArcMap 9.0 ArcMad/Editor fails to register COMM dlls on install and will not run
  • Compare Suite v3.0.0.26 (32 bit) [NOTE: Installs fine but doesn't work.]
  • Free Launch Bar v1.0 (64 Bit) [NOTE: Installs fine but doesn't work.]
  • GameSpy Arcade v2.04 (32 bit) [NOTE:Webpages load fine but GSA cannot report how many are in room and cannot load game pages.]
  • HP OpenView Service Desk v4.5 SP17 (32 bit) [NOTE: Installation fails]
  • HP Web Jetadmin v8.0 (32 bit) [NOTE: Installs fine when run As Administrator, but requires incompatibile version of the Java Runtime Enviornment]
  • JRB Utilities v12.0 (32 bit) [NOTE: Installs fine but doesn't work without Novell Client]
  • Microsoft SideWinder Game Controller Software 4.0 [NOTE: Doesn't install at all, Windows Vista silently refuses GCS.]
  • Microsoft Money 2006 [NOTE: Doesn't install due to error message regarding corrupt or missing AUTORUN.INF file]
  • NEC OpenWorX Personal Call Assistant v4.2.2 [NOTE: Installation fails]
  • Novell Client v4.90 SP1a (32 bit) [NOTE: Installation fails]
  • Novell iPrint Client v4.15 (32 bit) [NOTE: Installation fails]
  • PeerGuardian v2.0 Beta 6b (32 Bit)[NOTE: Installs fine and will run but does not work at all]
  • Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanner Driver and ScanSnap Manager Software [NOTE: Fails to initialize on startup and fails to run if manually initiated. Call to Fujitsu technical support indicated that no update to address incompatibility with Vista was anticipated.]
  • SigmaPlot 9.0 Sigmaplot 9.0.1 license manager will not install for single user license
  • Symantec/Norton Partition Magic v8.0 [NOTE: Will install but once installed will not run; says unsupported Operating System.]
  • Unlocker v1.8.5 (32 bit)
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