This page summarizes some of the known issues in using POV-Ray with Windows Vista®.
Some people have had problems running POVRay for Windows under Vista®. This section should help address some of these issues and possible solutions.
Vista® has a problem when trying to create animations. If the "Initial_Frame" or "Final_Frame" values in POVRAY.INI are set, the program will freeze up and exit rather badly.
To get around this, you need to find the binary (usually "c:\program files\pov-ray for windows v.36\bin\pvengine.exe"). Right click on the icon and select "Properties". Under the "Compatibility" tab, click the button for "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and select "Windows 98/Windows Me." Slightly lower, click on the button for "Disable visual themes".
It should run smoothly after that (or at least it has for me).
Added: Mar 14, 2008.
Sometimes the above method does not work. I've found the following always works - YMMV:
- Install into a directory other than "Program Files"
- After installation, perform the procedure described above
- Before closing the properties tab click on the "Security" tab
- Make sure all users have "full control" selected in the "permissions" box