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SPSS' Hotfix for Windows Vista

By Dr. Mike Clark,  Research Consultant, Academic Computing and User Services, CITC

SPSS Inc. has recently released a hotfix for Windows Vista.  SPSS' support page indicates"This hotfix will enable all English and non-English versions of SPSS 15 and Amos 7.0 to run on Windows Vista.".  SPSS support page lists 18 issues that the hotfix addresses.  

The following are known issues with SPSS 15 on Windows Vista:

Vista accounts and permissions

The following problems can occur when you are running SPSS after logging into Vista with a standard user account. 

  • When saving an SPSS example file which was installed with the application, you may get a file contention alert message which reports an incorrect path. To avoid this problem, specify a non-default location to which you have write permission.

  • When exporting an output file to the default location, Vista saves it to a different location. To avoid this problem, specify a non-default location to which you have write permission.

  • SPSS Production Facility and Visual Basic OLE Example Applications may not run. You may be able to work around this problem by logging in as an administrator and running the applications.

  • From the Help menu, the Register Product item may not work. You can visit to directly to register your product.

  • You may not be able to open an SPSS document by double clicking it. To work around the problem, open the file from within the SPSS application ("File -> Open").


  • Print Preview can crash SPSS. To avoid the problem, print directly without using Print Preview.

  • If you set up a printer and then restart SPSS, selecting Print from the File menu may cause an alert message to be displayed. The message will ask you to install the printer. You can ignore the message.


  • You cannot retrieve or store from/to Predictive Enterprise Services using the dialog boxes. To work around the problem, paste the syntax from the dialog and then run it.

  • In the Output Management System, you may not be able to select the output location 'Folder - Based on object names'. To work around the problem select another output location.

  • In Complex Samples, the "main effects" in the type dropdown is chopped off. This is a cosmetic problem that can be ignored.

  • In Custom Tables, the "Summary Statistics --> Hide" checkbox is garbled. This is a cosmetic problem that can be ignored.

  • In Custom Tables, the "Test Statistics" tab has layout problems. This is a cosmetic problem that can be ignored.


  • In the License Authorization Wizard, you may not be able to enter a license from a file. If this happens, open the license file in a text editor, copy the license code, and paste it into the License Authorization Wizard.

  • Commuter licenses are currently per-user on Vista, whereas on other Windows OS' they are available to all local users. Each user on the machine needs to check out a commuter license.


  • When you start SPSS, you may get alert that the color scheme has been changed to Vista Windows Basic. You can ignore the message as it does not affect the way that SPSS functions.

  • The "Microsoft Jet 4.0 OLE DB Provider" driver may fail to get data. You can work around the problem by selecting another driver. In the Export to Database Wizard, some drivers may fail to "Add new fields" and "Replace Values". You can work around the problem by loading all of the data you need the first time.

  • The Database Wizard and Export to Database Wizard may not appear when no data sources are defined. To work around the problem, define the data source in the Windows ODBC Data Source Administrator.

ACS/RSS will not support issues arising from the installation and operation of software that manufacturers do not support on Windows Vista.  If you have any other questions about ACS-supported statistical software and Microsoft Windows Vista, please feel free to contact RSS by email or by phone (940) 565- x2140, x2044; (940)-369-8487. 


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