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Solved foxpro on windows 8 64 bit

December 23, 2012 at 00:19:02
Specs: Windows 8 64 bit, 4GB

I want to run my accounting software from MARGcompusoft [?16 bit]which is a FoxPro based program on my windows 8 64 bit. It is not starting up because of compatibility issue.Can you help me?

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#1
December 23, 2012 at 01:42:42

Well, the software publisher would be the best person to discuss software compatibility issues with

But the short answer is "No". Ancient 16-bit software will not run on 64-bit versions of Windows. Your only options are to use a VM (or use another computer more suited to the task) or to obtain upgraded software.


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#2
December 23, 2012 at 03:49:14
✔ Best Answer

As ijack pointed out the one way to run legacy 16 bit software under a 64 bit operating system is to execute it inside a virtual machine. You need however a copy of DOS as guest system so if you want a no cost solution here the steps to follow:

1) Download and install MS Virtual PC from Microsoft site (or the open source VirtualBox).
2) Download and install FreeDOS (see FreeDOS site) the free open source DOS clone fully compatable with MS DOS and even better.
3) Install and run your legacy 16 bit application inside the virtual machine you setup.

Don't fear, the process is easier than you think and the result is worth to try.

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