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XP Support

Windows XP SP2 support will be added back into the next build release of TerreSculptor, due sometime in July.

This change will be implemented by wrapping Windows Vista+ specific API calls in an OS version check.
The limitation is that Windows XP users will not have some of the same user interface control features that are available in Windows Vista and newer operating systems.

With the current 2013-06-08 build it is safe to disregard the "Vista Required" message dialog on application launch.

Microsoft .NET 3.5 is still a requirement, and it can be downloaded direct from or installed through Windows Update.


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Un-Distorted VMs

I recently upgraded my general purpose internet computer to new hardware and Windows 8.
Along with the upgrade in hardware and operating system came a change to the Virtual Machine software.

Windows 8 Full no longer supports Microsoft Virtual PC, and while Windows 8 Professional supports Microsoft Hyper-V, it is an RDP interface into the VM.

So I made the switch to VMware.

Installation and Issues

I installed VMware Player 5 onto my Windows 8 Full host operating system, and created the Windows XP Professional guest operating system virtual machines.
The first and only issue that I noticed is that the audio in the Windows XP guest OS is distorted.

A few quick search results on the Internet show that many users are experiencing this same issue.
A bit of troubleshooting led me to writing a software tool fix that should work for most people.

The Fix

If running Windows XP Media Player in the guest OS fixes the distorted audio issue, then the VMAudioFixTray tool should work as well.
You can find more information on VMAudioFixTray on its software page on the lilchips website.

VMAudioFixTray is a very lightweight tray notification icon that simply makes a change to the Windows XP timer event resolution.





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