Skype Not Approved for Vista?

by Bruce Stewart

Microsoft has just put out an official list of software applications that are supported on Windows Vista. It's a long list, but some important and popular programs are missing, including Skype. Slashdot points out that none of Adobe or Symantec's programs are on the list either, which would seem like some pretty ominous omissions.

It's not clear to me if this is a beaurecratic/certification issue, or there are genuine issues with running Skype on Vista. If any ETel readers are currently using Skype on Vista, please drop a note in the comment section and tell us how your experience has been so far.


2007-02-26 09:29:11
I can't run skype onf vista at all. Vista restarts intself and uninstalls skype. Otherwise the system doesn't run. I can't figure out how to solve the problem.
Graham Speller
2007-03-04 20:25:15
I'm using Skype under Vista and it works to a point. Obvviuously, the chat and FTP is OK. When talking, however, I can hear an echo with a 2-3 second delay and the audio quality is often very poor. I'm hoping this will be resoplved once a Vita patch is available for Skype.
2007-03-04 23:48:27
Sound quality at the received end on Skype Out is next to useless.
2007-03-06 12:02:46
I'm using Skype and Vista with Logitech Headphone/mic for two weeks now and it works fine. SetUp instructions must be followed exactly. Now I'm trying to use USR 9620 Adapter with standard phone and US Robotics sez they are working on a Vista fix.
2007-03-06 20:56:42
MS has done it again.
They force you to spend money by making other people product obsolete. My experience with shype beta (3.1) simple does not work with vista for more than 2 minutes. The other dise can not hear me talk on the mic. If I had a choice, I would install solaris 10 or debian on my system. I refuse to use any MS Office 2007 products. I made a stance to use everything on the internet and open office.
2007-03-11 14:36:22
There must be some true's in this, Vista not being 100% compatible with Skype.
The voice and video quality of Skype cannot be compared with the higher quality of Skype in XP.

2007-03-12 12:34:56
Adobe Photoshop is working just fine with Vista, same with latest skype kit downloaded from the official site. So, any other problems dudes? :)
PS. Check your hardware configuration because there might be some conflicts between drivers. Vista is great! Enjoy it!
2007-03-13 05:19:38
For anyone using Vista with a microphone/headset trying to make calls on Skype for example: the default gain level of the microphone is set too low. So...

pinkmagicgirl, with you headset connected to the computer, right-click the speaker symbol in the tray (lower right), then left-click 'Recording Devices'. Double-left-click your microphone in the window that appears. Select the 'Levels' tab and move the 'Microphone Boost' slider up to +20.0dB.
Hope that works for you.

2007-03-13 08:46:38
Windows Vista mic problem

This works for 30 seconds then fails.
In your Vista go to: Control Panel/Sounds/Recording/Configure
Then configure your Mic.
Control Panel switches back to headset as oppose to keeping the mic settings. Both Visual C++ 6.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2003 complains about being incompatible when launched. Microsoft wants you to throw away all your investments and start new. I'm going back to XP to save some money and in the future going to use Solaris and Linux gcc compilers.

NIcholas Perry
2007-03-13 12:38:02
loaded skype on vista but as soon as i searched for contacts it crashed. Vista informed me it would let me know when a suitable driver was available?
Dave hates Vista...for now
2007-03-13 19:52:29
launching SkypeSetup.exe (after downloading 'Skype for Windows') on Vista Ultimate leads to "not a valid Win32 application" error.

where did I put that XP disk?.....

2007-03-13 20:36:57
Symantec appears to now be supporting Vista for most of their products since the 'official list' was released:

2007-03-18 11:50:48
Skype 3.1 works great under Vista.
2007-03-18 19:57:16
performs miserably..crashed four times..each time right after i login..success rate of 30%..
2007-03-18 21:24:05
I'm using Skype on vista home premium, which seems to be working fine. The only problem I have found so far, is that when receiving video, it sometimes changes the colour scheme to vista basic, and/or I loose the video stream. This could, of course, be more of a hardware issue than anything to do with Skype?
2007-03-20 10:36:39
I can't run skype through vista. It tells me Win32 app not valid. I'm useing the hp dv6000 laptop with built in webcam. I need help asap
Craig Snyder
2007-03-20 13:53:53
I can use skype on vista but not with a skype phone. What a bite. I can use a head set and mic, but not skype phone
2007-03-21 04:39:32
I am using the Logitech Notebook Deluxe Webcam in Skype under Windows Vista Home Premium. Sometimes voice works but mostly not. "Skype can not hear you talking"
On the same computer I am running XP on the other partition and there Skype works without any problem. The same applies also to the headset mic. The sound devices in Skype show a correct setup. Anyone having same problems?
Alan Simpson
2007-03-21 09:33:13
There is a conflict with windows mail and skype. If the mailprogram is open in the background and Skype is running the same time, after about 5 min the mail program cannot download new mail and you have to close mail and open it again.
Aaron Sneddon
2007-03-21 12:41:48
Awful Echos. I have Skype for business version
Im using Windows Vista Ultimate. Previously i was on XP Pro with no problems.
Although i use Vonage fixed line VOIP for phone calls, when i am remote i need to talk with Skype, Skype voice is now unuseable and im thinking like many others of "downgrading" back to XP Pro.

Because we have colluegues in Bulgaria, i talked regularly with them on Skype, now its just about 5 echos for each few words, so unuseable now.

Vista is dodgy and should never have been released without Microsoft working with other major vendors to make compatability standard. Although i wouldnt use Linux because its the wrong platform for the major Software vendors, i am comparing this because every 5th or 6 programs i try to install i get an error and it may not install.

To anyone thinking of buying Vista, dont do it, it will only be a terrible experience unless you are one of those users who play only solitaire, do word processing and use Microsofts awful new "Windows Mail" rather than the full (Excellent) Microsoft Outlook 2007.

My Skype ID is gremlinuk if anyone fancies an echo with me.

2007-03-22 16:50:41
Have Vista Home Premium. Apparently, not compatible with Skype when using Logitech webcam. I receive images from fellow Skype webcam users who have XP, but my image for them freezes after about 30 seconds. Dell claims it's Skype's problem and there needs to be a patch. Am I alone with this problem?
2007-03-22 17:47:53
No luck getting skype fully downloaded on my Vista Home Basic Win 32 problem
2007-03-22 18:00:25
No luck getting skype fully downloaded on my Vista Home Basic Win 32 problem
2007-03-23 20:16:26
I have downloaded the latest SigmaTel Driver Version 6.10.5405.0 and now Skype works with my Windows Vista Home Premium. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
2007-03-25 09:32:45
I keep on trying to get skype to work with vista, downloading the newest version once a week ~.~* at the moment I got the version what happens is that I can hear others talking, but they start to hear extremly loud disturbances after a few minutes..

2007-03-25 15:36:17
when running skype on vista, Its causing my IE7 to lock up.
2007-03-28 08:50:45
Skype works to a point. When a connection starts, SKYPE begins to use 100% of my CPU. Video is very choppy like there is not enough processing power or network problems. I also get echoes but do not know if that is caused by 100% CPU ussage either. Also do not know if it is Logitech's drivers that is making Skype use all of the CPU time.
2007-03-28 13:20:28
Using Skype 3.1 with Vista Business and Plantronics headset. Works fine, no issues.
2007-03-29 11:49:59
I'm using Skype on Vista and I experience some problems. The biggest problem is the processor ussage even when I'm not speaking with anyone. When I speak and take a look at the task manager the processor usage i about 100% and i can't anything else with my computer...
2007-03-29 13:41:47
Aparently there seems to be a problem with the way that vista handles sound recording outside of its "voice recognition" I usually depend on Skype to talk to a live audience while i am broadcasting through winamps shoutcast service. The microphone output quality is just plain horrendus. I hope they explain what is the problem or patch it so other apps could use the mic too.
2007-03-30 11:19:04
Skype does not work on Vista at all, I have tried everything, even buying a USB phone!!
Very Annoying, I hope they are working on a Fix ASAP!!!
2007-03-30 12:18:00
anybody having problems with making vista and skype work is you right click on the skype desktop shortcut and then go compatibility and tick the box which says run this program in compatibilty mode for windows xp sp2 and then go show settings for all users and tick the same box again and apply and it should work
2007-03-31 02:27:47
Using 2 PC's one with XP Pro and one with Vista Business as Networking Setup, but only one Account will operate with camera and both with audio. Result PC with XP audio is 100% with Skype, no video. With Vista Skype is totally hopeless, it cuts out contact repeatedly, video is poor and audio is most of the time badly distorted and broken up. Shame on you Bill Gates.
2007-03-31 13:05:54
Skype works with vista but does crash periodically. You notice it leaves a shadow of the window on the background. Siemens Gigaset (VOIP M34) are also yet to catch up with vista it appears. The sound controls from speakers in vista seem to overide the the skpe sound controls too. Come on Skype and Siemens sort it out...
2007-03-31 15:47:49
I have skype loaded with Vista but when I call someone I can hear them but they can't hear me. Help would be appreciated. Not a computer wiz so please give me 'computer for dummmies' instructions
2007-04-01 16:08:17
I downloaded Skype into my new Vista machine, and can dial out
OK, but the microphone shows a constant "muted" icon and I cannot get it to unmute.
2007-04-02 14:23:56
i installed skype v 3.1, the first day everything was good ,i tested the speaker and headset and they work properly, but then every time i start skype a warning message that says'this computer has no sound capabilties for skype' i'm looking for solution

2007-04-02 15:17:36
I can't call by skype with vista. CPU was always 100% usage when I put a call.
2007-04-03 06:47:21
Using Vista Basic Home Edition and Skype 3.0 (I believe) and logitech Quickcam comunnicate stx plus, you start the call and after a few mins it disconnects and says audio device not recognised. Have checked setting and driver but to no avail. ANyone any idea?
2007-04-03 08:43:51
I don't have problems at all with Skype on Vista. I have Vista Home Premium 32-bit and Skype 3.1. I'm sure if somebody has 64-bit Vista version there is going to be major problems. I have Logitech Communicate STX with Skype support.
2007-04-04 07:27:30
Terrible experience with skype on vista... it would not install ... how stupid microsoft is...

my first was vista basic.. i managed to run it on that platform but i upgraded to premium which did not accept it .. this is a stupid OS ...

Tim O'Brien
2007-04-04 13:16:54
This user sees no reason to upgrade to Vista for the forseeable future, I find it crazy that you would release an OS that doesn't run Adboe or Symantec programs.
2007-04-05 09:23:46
I just downloaded & installed Skype 3.1 on my new laptop working on Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit and it works perfect!
2007-04-07 17:08:39
skype installed ok, chat works but calls keep getting dropped! I do not know how to fix this (firewall on or off same problem)
A + R
2007-04-08 10:19:16
Hi everyone, we experienced rather similar problems: most of it-> the built-in miccrophone did not function as it should. We struggled for more than 2 days to set it properly but...Finally we decided to uninstall SKYPE and install it again...when we saw SKYPE 3,2 Beta version. It seems to be working quite OK...for now! So, try the new Beta version called SKYPE 3,2
Billy Yesko!
2007-04-08 10:55:23
I don't think it's just skype that Vista is messing up - on my brand-new Dell Inspiron 1501 notebook with Vista, it won't even pick up my microphone at all. My microphone is (also) brand-new. It's a logitech, and it apparently doesn't work, but when I try it on another computer with Windows XP, it works like a charm. Word to the wise - don't upgrade to Vista. It's confusing, the security thing is really annoying, and worst of all, my microphone doesn't work. What's up with that?
2007-04-09 10:03:02
Cannot get th microphone to work on skype using vista any ideas
2007-04-13 11:16:23
Skype is working good. However, I've had to adjust the mic for it. the MIC didn't work when I cannected it to the front panel. However, it works ok with Rear panel
2007-04-14 19:11:40
Windows Vista Home Premium, using skype Program starts fine, video works, but no sound at all.
2007-04-15 02:34:57
Installed webcam and skype yesterday on my new vista machine - had sound but no video. Have just logged on today, now have video but no sound, and the microphone icon on my logitech webcam is now permanently greyed out. I've checked the level under the recording devices and its fine, so I can't figure the problem out.