VFP 5 on Windows 7 Issue
This past week I was contacted by someone who attended one of my sessions at Southwest Fox and asked me for some help with a problem he was having getting an application and even the VFP 5 IDE to run on Windows 7. The error he was getting: "error initializing application object."
According to the developer the VFP Help indicates the message relates to some kind of problem with the registry.
To me it sounded like a rights issue. I recommended he try to run VFP 5 as an administrator and see if the message disappeared. My thinking on it was the problem happens because the user does not have rights to modify the registry. VFP would probably succeed running as an administrator. Sure enough it worked for him. What I am not sure is if this is a "run once and it is fixed for all users" (machine level registry entries) or you have to continue running as an administrator.
I have not been able to reproduce this behavior in a virtual machine. VFP 5 worked for me the first time. I don't recall this problem showing up on Vista either. Anyone else have experience with this? I only have one application still using VFP 5 runtimes (never needs updates or changes) so I am slightly curious in case my customer decides to upgrade to Windows 7.