Ok, got Vista 64 on work PC now, and I’m actually in Illustrator for extended periods of time. First thing I notice was an error I was having in XP for a while, which I may have discovered a fix for in Vista 64.
Seems that Illustrator cannot handle the pretty Vista Aero interface… it may be that some of the uxtheme.dll hacks I used in XP also caused issues with Illustrator.
Often Illustrator opens a file and immediately asks to relink, replace or ignore the fact that it cannot seem to find the linked images. This usually presents itself (in XP) as a dialog box asking for a relink of an image, even after one relinks the image. Illustrator will usually throw an exception error when it is closed down after doing this.
In Vista, the system states it is out of memory immediately upon attempting to place a Photoshop psd file. It will also go into the relink spiral when one opens a file with linked psd files.
The solution is simple. Right click on the Illustrator icon or shortcut and go to Properties, from there select the Compatibility tab and then check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and select “Windows XP (Service Pack 2)“.
When you run Illustrator, you’ll notice your screen(s) flash and the system turn off the full transparent Aero interface. Your psd-linked files should now work fine. It’s not the best solution, (which would be a BUG FIX!!!!) but it works.
I’ve also noticed some instability with Illustrator and iTtunes while running under Vista 64. I’m still looking into that.