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"Poodlefaking" VISTA so Abap trial SP12 can work

Any Windows Gurus out there who know how to "fool" the abap tral netweaver that it's going to be installed on XP when it's actually being installed on Vista.

These days it's almost impossible to get a new computer (individual retail level - not corporate / work computers) WITHOUT some version of VISTA being pre-installed.

Running under vnware is only a partial solution and while it works it's not the ideal method of running these trials --especially on things like laptops which ususally only have 1GB RAM in them anyway.

I'm not an internal SAP developer so I can't understand why this version won't install on VISTA. There probably IS a good reason but it still seems a surprise to me as the trials are usually used by individuals on their own computers rather than large corporate customers - and individuals have been rather unwillingly forced to adopt VISTA much earlier than they would otherwise have done so.

I've got a Student copy of Windows Server 2003 which I'll probably install on the laptop (I'm pretty fed up with VISTA --but that's for another Forum) but there are I'm sure a lot out there who don't have that luxury of W2003 Server (actually quite a good OS and can be customized to run as a workstation) there's notes all over the web on how to do it.

So SAP guys --any idea on when VISTA support will be forthcoming for the trial previews.



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    Posted on Jul 04, 2008 at 07:05 PM

    Solution or Get around is to use a Virtual Machine until problem fixed

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    Posted on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:32 PM


    I have installed ABAP trial on vista as Norman Schröder explained :

    If someone is looking for a way to install the ABAP edition under Vista, I think this should be the shortest way.

    I've tested it with the 32-Bit version (Ultimate and Business).


    1. i've used the latest 1.4.2.x version of Java

    2. go to the extracted archive

    3. under the folder image rename NTPATCH to something else - e.g. NTPATCHold

    4. copy the files of the renamed folder in your windowssystem32 directory

    5. one file can't be overwritten, but that's ok

    6. reboot your machine

    7. go to the image directory of your extracted archive again

    8. right-click on the setup-executable

    9. choose execute as administrator

    10. follow the instructions of the wizard


    Once you have logged in, you will get an error message that the operating system isn't supported yet (or TAC sick). You can ignore that. Anyway the system should be working fine.

    Perhaps someone else knows how to deactivate this check?



    it is working fine


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  • Posted on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    I like using VM.


    1. It doesn't clutter up my windows installation

    2. Faster startup/shutdown (just suspend the whole machine)

    3. a) Easy to backup - just copy the VM to another drive/folder

    3. b) => Even quicker if using VMWare Workstation snapshots

    4. Easy backups makes it a doddle to try risky stuff and break your system

    5. bumping up to 2GB RAM is relatively cheap these days, runs very nicely in 4GB

    6. I can use a Windows machine to keep compatible with customer but run my SAP on a linux system. Somehow this still performs better than the windoze versions, most of the time I have better response times than working on the customer's system 😊



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