Windows Vista and Windows 7 supersede Windows XP, but
they are not without problems when running older software which was not designed with Vista in mind.
The problem for many applications is that Vista's User Account Control does not allow users
or software to alter files stored in various areas including Program Files.
This means that all data and configuration files must be stored elsewhere.
The problem with Documents (and Registry settings) is that different users have different areas,
and Administrators can each have files in additional hidden Virtual Stores.
Vista has also deprecated the Windows Help system,
meaning that the Help provided with earlier versions of Beltower will no longer work, without a special fix.
Beltower has resolved these issues, providing for User Account Control and special file locations,
and converting to HTML Help,
plus segregating data files,
importing files from earlier installations, machines or OSes,
and all with full backwards compatibility to Windows 95.
The main improvements in Beltower 2008 were:
Setup now invites you to select where you want to locate your data files,
WAV files are now separated into Bell, Call and Method-name sub-folders,
and new folders have been provided for Recordings and User WAV files,
The Wizard now has comprehensive facilities for importing data files from an another machine,
file structure or version of Windows.
When adding new DAT or BML files, you are now invited to create short-cuts on the Desktop and Start Menu,
Help has been converted to the new format and provides improved Contents, Index, Search and Print facilities,
plus direct links to the internet.
Window sizes have been adjusted for Vista, incl docked panes,
plus sundry bug-fixes in all areas.
Screen Shot 1:
The new Help screen.
See also: Help
There have also been significant improvements since version 9.00