Software/Operating System Compatibility Chart

(What's the difference between 32-Bit and 64-Bit and how do I tell what I have?)

Windows 8 and 8.1 tablet compatibility note:



Software Windows 10 Windows 8 / 8.1 Windows 7 and Vista 64 Bit 32 Bit Vista Windows XP Windows 98se
ACS Stand Alone Atlas Requires a password plus CD 600E or later, or downloading from web Requires a password plus CD 600E or later, or downloading from web Requires a password plus CD 600E or later, or downloading from web Yes Yes Yes
Astro Tides Yes* – CD 200E or greater Yes* – CD 200E or greater Yes* – CD 200E or greater Yes Yes Yes
Astrolabe Font 1 Yes. Registered users download update here Yes. Registered users download update here Yes. Registered users download update here Yes Yes Yes
Astrolabe Report System Yes* - CD 500F or greater Yes* - CD 500F or greater Yes* - CD 500F or greater Yes* Yes Yes
Cosmic Ray Screensaver No No No No Yes Yes
Data Collections Yes* - CD 500G or greater Yes* - CD 500G or greater Yes* - CD 500G or greater Yes - CD 500G or greater Yes Yes
Old MS-DOS Programs No - (geeks, try DOSBox) No - (geeks, try DOSBox) No - (geeks, try DOSBox) No - (geeks, try DOSBox) No - (geeks, try DOSBox) Yes
Imperial Astrologer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jigsaw 1 No No No ? Yes Yes
Jigsaw 2 No No No Yes* Yes Yes
Jigsaw 2.2 Yes* - CD 150G or greater Yes* - CD 150G or greater Yes* - CD 150G or greater Yes Yes Yes
Nova Chartwheels Yes* - CD 500G or greater Yes* - CD 500G or greater Yes* - CD 500G or greater Yes * Yes Yes
Solar Fire 2 Standard No No No Yes?* Yes Yes
Solar Fire 3 No No No No Yes Yes
Solar Fire 4 No No No ?* - Font Problem (2) Yes Yes
Solar Fire 5 No No No Yes * Yes Yes
Solar Fire 5.1 No No No Yes* Yes Yes
Solar Fire 6 Deluxe No No? Yes* Yes* Yes Yes
Solar Fire Gold (v. 7.0) No? No? Yes, see footnote (3) Yes Yes No?
Solar Fire Gold (v. 7.3) Yes, see footnote (5) Yes, see footnote (5) Yes Yes Yes No
Solar Fire Gold (V8) Yes, see footnote (5) Yes, see footnote (5) Yes Yes Yes No
Solar Fire V9 Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Solar Maps 1 No No No ? Yes Yes
Solar Maps 3 Yes* (Solar Maps CD 200C or greater) Yes* (Solar Maps CD 200C or greater) Yes* (Solar Maps CD 200C or greater) Yes* Yes No
Zone Trekker Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes Yes


* With our older installation CDs (those numbered lower than 500G) these programs may require administrator access to function properly. This is not a problem on our latest CDs 500G or greater. After you install the program, if it won't run or you see strange error messages, try this (a procedure which will enable you to run many older programs on the latest Windows versions):
    Setting Admin Access: Right-click the program's icon on the desktop, select Properties, click on the Compatibility tab and put a check mark where it says Run this program as an administrator. All the other compatibility options can remain turned off.
    If the program's Help menu doesn't work, then get this help menu fix from Microsoft.

? - Not tested or results not yet conclusive. Contact us with your results, please.

2 - Solar Fire 4 can have a problem installing the astro glyph fonts on Vista. If Solar Fire 4's glyphs aren't working properly, try manually installing the fonts after the main program is installed. To do so, open My Computer, click on the icon for the CD drive, then on the folder called 05-Solar Fire 4, and then on the folder labeled Disk 3. In here, right-click on each of the following files and select Install:  Etastro.ttf, etsans.fon, etastrob.ttf. Also see the * paragraph above.

3 - If the Solar Fire install program asks you to check for program updates during the installation you must say no, or the program will not install properly. Only early versions of the Solar Fire 7.0 CD will ask to check for updates while installing, so you may not see this message. Once the program is installed and running successfully you can then check for updates with no problems.

4 - Solar Fire V9 may work if you have applied all of the Windows updates and service packs available online. It is likely to become increasingly problematic since Microsoft has now ceased supporting and updating Windows XP.

5 - Certain features problemmatic on dropdown menus in Solar Maps; workarounds are available.

What's the difference between 32-Bit and 64-Bit and how do I tell what I have?


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