When I try to install Sony Vegas 10e on Windows 2003 the setup says it's not supported and aborts. The same setup supports Windows XP SP3, so it should work on Windows 2003 Server R2 SP2 fully updated and with .net 4 installed.

Any ideas ?

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You can install Vegas (well, not only Vegas, but virtually anything) using "modified" .msi install package. You shall need a .msi edit tool like Orca (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255905/EN-US/). When setup says "Operation system not supported" go to a temporary file storage (most common path is C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temp). Find the most recent .msi file and copy it somewhere. For clarity I shall name this "file.msi" Quit the setup. Launch Orca (or whatever) and find "LaunchCondition" table there. Modify the "Condition" field to a "VersionNT>=501" value and save transform file to a "file.mst" in the directory saved file.msi lies (Transform->Generate transform in Orca). Launch the command shell (WinKey+R->cmd) and change directory to the one your .msi and file.mst is placed. Type "msiexec /i "file.msi" TRANSFORMS=file.mst". Done.

I have absolutely no idea whether this method is legal. EULA prohibits modifying program files, but no modification to the files in question is being made. Maybe you should consult with someone. I do no know how the installed program shall work (worked like a charm for me), but you will be able to install Vegas, as you have asked.


Actually that's not exactly true... that just because it will install on WinXP, it should install on Windows Server 2003.

For example... Vegas 10 isn't compatible with XP 64.

Microsoft® Windows® XP 32-bit SP3

Windows Vista® 32-bit or 64-bit SP2

or Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit

That is all that Sony Vegas 10 is compatible with, according to them. Which means the installer could simply reject any other OS it is installed on. Now, you didn't say whether you are talking about a W2k3 IA-32, X64, or IA-64 install. I suppose it could detect the IA-32 Intel 32 bit version as some kind of Windows XP 32 bit version... because people have installed Vegas 10 on Windows server 2008, which is based on Windows NT 6.x... and Vegas 10 supports both 32 bit and 64 bit for Windows NT 6.x.

I'm guessing you did not install the 32 bit version of Windows Server 2003?

EDIT you asked for ideas... does this qualify?

  • @ZEE so... which version of Windows Server 2003 do you have installed? 32 bit for Intel? (IA-32) 64 bit for AMD? (x64) or 64 bit for Intel? (IA-64)? Come on... no need to abandon your question.
    – Bon Gart
    Jun 17, 2012 at 15:20
  • Thx for you answer... but I must say it's a no answer... What I mean is that untill now all software I've used with Windows XP SP3 I succeed in using with Server 2003 also... In fact for the desktop use the OS's are very similar... with very minor tweaks I installed all programs I want... I'd like to know if someone has an idea how to circunvent the setup "problem" in windows 2003...
    – ZEE
    Jun 19, 2012 at 1:10
  • I'm not quitting... I'm very resilient (read stubborn)... after a few tests I'm almost succeeding in doing this... When I have a bit more time I'll try a few more ideas and if I succeed I'll post the result here...
    – ZEE
    Jun 19, 2012 at 1:17
  • @Zee. I'm not asking you to quit. I'm asking you which version of Windows server 2003 you have... because it doesn't matter how resiliant you are. Sony Vegas 10 will not work with Windows XP 64 bit, or Windows server 2003 64 bit. It Will work with Windows XP 32 bit, and therefore it should also work with Windows Server 2003 32 bit. So, if you are using Windows server 2003 64 bit, then this isn't a No Answer... it's just an answer you don't want.
    – Bon Gart
    Jun 19, 2012 at 2:36
  • Windows 2003... I use all 32 bit versions... Standard, Enterprise, Data-Center... for 64 bits I only use Windows 7 and Windows 2008... Any ideas on the subject!?
    – ZEE
    Jun 20, 2012 at 15:09

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