We are a Windows Shop!
Unless you special order a computer, you are going to get Windows
Vista, of which all versions are compatible with GlassShop.
Vista comes in a variety of versions: Home Basic, Home Premium,
Business, and Ultimate - and in a 32bit and 64bit configurations
and ALLGlassShop systems will run on all of them.
We recommend using Windows Vista Business because it includes
a useful feature called Windows
Fax and Scan, which is a great program for using document feeders
for scanning and sending faxes straight from your computer. Compare
Windows Vista Versions This is one of those features that after
a few months you wonder how you lived without it. Otherwise, all
GlassShop Systems will operate just fine using any of the Vista
flavors: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate.
If you have any questions or concerns with Vista, please contact
our support team. We'd be happy to help you choose your next business
What about Windows XP?
If you prefer Windows XP, no problem! You can go ahead and
use Windows XP. GlassShop runs superbly on XP (and even Windows
The core of the GlassShop system is derived from a Client - Server
environment. We have clients successfully operating GlassShop in
a variety of environments, and just about in any Windows server
configuration. We also operate well within Terminal Services and
on a Citrix farm environment.
GlassShop Installation Note:
If you encounter an error when first starting the GlassShop demo
program (setup.exe) that says something to the effect that "fimain.exe
is not responding", give the system some time. There's a large
database with the system, and the download is large, too. Also,
in most cases, you will need to be an Administrator account type
in Vista to install any new program.
Some Recommendations from our own experience:
- The price of RAM or memory has decreased in the last year or
two. Now is the time to maximize the memory in your computer.
Vista will run with 1GB memory, but really, in a business environment
where speed is important, we recommend at least 2GB.
- Some of the security features of Vista can be somewhat daunting,
but they are important. Do not disable these.
- Adding new hard drives can be handy, especially if you download
photos from a digital camera.
- Vista Business and above has the program "Microsoft Fax
and Scan" which is a wonderful program for scanning important
documents. We have a few HP Officejets around the office that
have document feeders. Its a great way to keep an electronic copy
of important documents, such as tax returns, or simply make multiple
copies of a document without a photocopier.
- Once you've experienced all the new animation and methods to
display many windows, you'll go back to doing what you always
did with Windows XP. You can run Vista in "classic"
mode or for high-performance, which will eliminate the resource
draining 'bells & whistles.'