The legacy versions of Microstation V8 have been around for a while now, ranging from 2001 (V8.1) to 2004 (V8.5). However, as tools that were well-suited by users who paid -understand- have a license or have developed their own functionalities Visual Basic Application (VBA) or Microstation Development Language (mdl), they resist to die in the taste of the users.
In general, when you switch to Windows Vista or Win7, Microstation runs normally. Very few serious problems I have seen, although it is clear that we are talking only about Microstation; Geographics has another type of sixteenth.
One of those problems is the text editor (It usually happens when we update Internet Explorer to a newer version). When you double-click on a text or activate the command, the window appears but does not allow editing. The main reason for this, is that the libraries that these versions used WYSIWYG components of the DHTML application editor (DHTML Editing Component for Applications) that now Vista and Windows 7 removed because they caused vulnerability to Internet Explorer.
Some even mentioned that Microstation V8 would no longer work on Vista, only more recent versions such as V8.9 (XM) or 8.11 (V8i). But in reality you just have to install the Microsoft application called DHTML Editing Component. This works as a kind of ActiveX, which is not for browser purposes but for client applications, and allows developments that used this control to be compatible with new versions such as Access 2003.
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Then it is installed and ready, Microstation V8 can live a few more days.