Old Programs You Still Use?


What old (Windows) programs, does everyone here still use?

Me: I still use Office 2007 because, it just works! Even the online functionality, like clip art, still functions perfectly!

Comments (53)

53 responses to “Old Programs You Still Use?”

  1. txag

    Well, yeah. Go Office 2007!

  2. derek s

    I still use Microsoft Money 2005 and use it every few days, for budgeting and managing my finances. It's like a trusted friend.

    • matthewitt

      In reply to derek s:

      Man I loved that software. There is no modern replacement that does exactly what it did, in a straightforward way. YNAB is the closest thing I found, and it is miles away.

  3. Ensign Eddie

    I still use Windows Live Mail and Microsoft Money. They do what I need them to do in the way I want to do it.

    And of course, I still cling to Windows 7 because it also does what I need it to do in the way I want to do it (plus I find the W10 UI to be, frankly, hideous).

  4. robincapper

    I have current Office, use current versions of CAD which dates back to the 1980s but the oldest program I use regularly is Quicken. I only update if a platform change demands so, last time I changed was when Windows 10 arrived

  5. Jedi Dwight

    Not that I'm that opinionated, but "I'm a PC".

    Jasc, now Corel, Paint Shop Pro 6 (c) 2000 -- it was somewhat crashy during a period of Windows XP but it's better I'd say Win 7 on to current time. I also have Paint Shop Pro X3 and just bought the 2020 version at a discount. I run them in a RAM drive and PSP 6 loads in a snap. Newer PSP and Photoshop take several seconds to load even in the RAM drive. Radeon RAMDisk lets you have up to a 4GB RAM drive for free.

    Also: NoteTab Pro used since around 2000/2001, final update was 2014. It's lacking compared to Notepad++ these days (better line numbering with word wrap, and shift+Enter for searching backwards) but I use both. Due to habit, I make the Notepad++ keyboard shortcuts to be closer to NoteTab Pro.

    Classic Shell for a usable Win7 style Start Menu. It's superior to Start 10.


    AudioGrabber and LAME if you ever need to rip a CD.

    GabNetStats for a network activity SysTray icon - stopped working correctly with some previous Windows 10 release, but works again.

    IrfanView loads images in a snap compared to waiting for no reason for a stupid Modern UI Windows 10 Photos to load. IrfanView is in the Windows Store so you can even load it for free onto a locked down work PC.

    I used LibreOffice before they stupidly changed their keyboard shortcuts to not be Office compatible.

    Agent Ransack lets you search for files on your PC, and within those files for text strings, with the fastest searching.

    Snipping Tool, I use a lot.

  6. ErichK

    I don't suppose anybody STILL uses one of the Big 3 from the '80s: Lotus 123, WordPerfect, dBase?

    • kenneth_burns

      In reply to ErichK:

      A few months ago the music critic Robert Christgau mentioned he still uses WordPerfect: "everything post-1988 is on my home computers in the vintage-1991 WP51 I still work in."


      That reminded me of Christopher Buckley writing that his father, political scribe William F. Buckley, still used WordStar in 2007:

      "Pup still used the word-processing system he first learned in the early 1980s. Generations of his computer gurus had had to install this antiquated system in his increasingly sophisticated computers, which were like F-22 fighter jets with the controls of a Sopwith Camel."

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to ErichK:

      Use? I have WordPerfect Office and Lotus Smartsuite from the turn of the millenium still installed on my Windows XP VM just in case I come across a file in one of the formats neither MS Office nor LibreOffice still support. My usage is limited to file conversion, however.

  7. matthewitt

    I used to work for a small business that was running Borland Paradox for DOS. Once 64-bit Windows became popular they had to begin running it in Windows XP mode on Windows 7, Then when they migrated to Windows 8 they ran it inside Virtual Box. Around the Windows 10 timeframe we migrated it to VDOS. To my knowledge they're still running it.

  8. Lauren Glenn

    iTunes. Sure, it's still being released for PC, but it keeps my music in the cloud, stores my ratings, playlists, and it lets me sync my iPod Classic... which is a great thing to use while driving. I can control it while I drive without looking at it... just going off tactile feel and click sounds.... plus, when you configure a smart playlist right, it auto updates on the device which is perfect for Not Recently Played playlists when you're away from your home for a while.

    So I guess Apple iPod Classic ROM 2.0.4 would be more vintage for me.

    And if I still had my Zune HD (which I did last year), that would be on my list.

  9. PanamaVet

    SpinRite, currently being rewritten.

  10. Brazbit

    Microsoft Windows based software? I still play SkiFree (Released: 1991) from time to time. In 2005 Chris Pirih, the original developer, rediscovered the original source code and recompiled it as a 32 bit program. So it runs exactly the same in Windows 10 as it did in Windows 3.0.

  11. jimchamplin

    Old Windows? None really, but there’s a whole ton of other apps.

    I still use Microsoft Word 5.1 on a circa 1997 Power Macintosh for personal writing. Started using it on an SE/30 in the early 90s, so decades of personal documents are in Word 5.1 format.

    And once a year I run a Christmas light programming tool on the Commodore VIC20 to make sure the lights in the windows fade the way they have since I was a kid.

  12. yaddamaster

    Microsoft Money. I wish MS would open source the app.

  13. madthinus

    Nero Burning Rom 10. Work great for what I need.

    WinAmp 5.8 because, it still whips the llama's ass.

  14. orlbuckye

    I use Visual Foxpro 9 for printing mailing labels.

  15. EricWhite12

    Minesweeper ;)

  16. anoldamigauser

    I have a machine running Visual Studio 6 and Office 2007, to deal with some old code that needs to be maintained or ported, and older Access applications.

    On my daily driver, I still have and use an old CADD package, MicroGDS, circa 2011 from the copyright.

  17. hrlngrv

    FWIW, I absolutely hate Office 2007. MSFT partially returned to their senses with Office 2010. The Orb was even stupider than the original Windows 8.0 desktop with no Start menu button.

    That said, I still use Paint from Windows XP (it's worked in every more recent Windows version) mostly because its rectangle with rounded corners works differently and (for me) better than Paint from Windows 7 on. I don't believe I ever used the version in Windows Vista. Maybe it's OK too. I'd love to still have the Windows 8 Calculator applet in Windows 10, but MSFT added Windows version checking to the Windows 8 applet so it won't run under Windows 10.

    The only significantly old software I still use is the viewer front-end for National Geographic. NG sold their archives by decade on CDs starting in the late 1990s, and I bought the 1930s through the 1980s. Turned out to be somewhat useful for my kids in primary and secondary school. I'd love it if the Time-Life book collections from the 1960s and 1970s were available on optical disks. Anyway, the NG viewer front-end had to be developed in the 1990s, and it definitely seems dated.

    • kenneth_burns

      In reply to hrlngrv:

      I also use old National Geographic software as well as the Bondi apps for the New Yorker and Rolling Stone archives. Installing this late 2000s software gets trickier the more time passes, but the content is wonderful. I installed the apps on a low-end 12" Windows tablet I bought recently, and the reading experience is great, all things considered.

  18. Daekar

    Been using Paint.NET for ages. I assume it's gotten some updates at some point, but it's more or less the same if I remember correctly.

    I have some old games on disc that still run, amazingly. We give Microsoft crap for dragging around old baggage, but my God, the backwards compatibility work they've done is miraculous.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to Daekar:

      We give Microsoft crap for dragging around old baggage, but my God, the backwards compatibility work they've done is miraculous.

      Indeed, MSFT should be commended for this, especially since it's the main reason NOTHING new they try seems to stick. PC users would prefer running decades old software they've come to rely on rather than much of anything new or different.

  19. wright_is

    DOS based sign printing software, because the sign printer (prints to metal or perspex shields). The old printer still works, but is on its last legs, we bought a second hand one, in case the original breaks, on eBay for a couple of hundred Euros, plus renting a 7.5 tonne truck to transport it.

    A new version of the software / software for another brand of printer costs 5 figures, but, hey, it comes with a "free" printer... So long as the old printer keeps working and DOS will boot on an old PC, we'll keep using the software.

  20. Greg Green

    I’m still using Lotus WordPro (2002) for quick notes. Then PowerDesk (2015) file explorer replacement, and Civilization II (1998). On another Pc I’ve still got office 2010, which loses support this year, so I’ll have to upgrade that. Or not.

  21. crp0908

    Orca because nothing newer has ever replaced it.

  22. lwetzel

    Paint Shop Pro 7 from Jasc Software Inc. Version 7.04. Vintage 1991-2001. Jasc was bought by Corel and they still make Paint Shop Pro but it is much more expensive and complicated. I use this where most people will use Paint. Simple little quick manipulations of graphics and screen prints. Still working fine.

  23. StevenLayton

    I'm using Office 2016 on my work computer. In the current age of rapid release, that's ancient!

  24. Sprtfan

    I'm still using SyncToy on one of my work computers. The computer is still running Windows XP though also.

  25. thumpnot

    askSam, all day, every day, last release was in 2008. Company must've gone out of business at least 7-8 years ago. Actually works better in Win10 than Win7. The DOS version was largely responsible for getting Nixon to resign [well, that and Nixon himself - a commenter pointed out that the askSam-Watergate connection can't possibly be right so my apologies for that. I believed it 'til I read that (a bit late on 3-23-20) - old fake-news apparently]. I keep hoping someone will revive it.

  26. ErichK

    IrfanView. It's old in the sense that it's been around for a very long time, but it's kept up with the times in the form of a 64-bit version, etc. Such a reliable, rock-solid and well-rounded image viewer.

    Trying to remember the names of the ones I used to use long, long ago ... was it WinGIF? Can't even remember.

  27. rjordan

    I still use "Cardfile" from Windows Sever 3.x, and it works well on Win10 because it's a 32-bit app. I have dozens of large, old files in Cardfile format that I still use after 30-years. I only do this because I never found a viable conversion program, and didn't want to invest the time to write the code. If it ain't broke, ...

  28. orlbuckye

    I use Visual Foxpro to print mailing labels.

  29. dab2kab

    Does windows media center count? Still use that everyday as a dvr.