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disable program debugger in windows 7?

February 15, 2011 at 07:58:12
Specs: Windows 7

I was trying to run MathCAD 2001i under windows 7 64 and the program has a security block that prevents it from starting under a debuger. The windows 7 environment appears to be running under a debuger all the time. I believe if I can turn off this feature in windows 7 the program will run.

does anyone know how to disable debugging for one program in windows 7 64bit?


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#1
February 15, 2011 at 08:20:55

The computer is not running in debugging mode, although the application might think that it is. Unless you are a developer and have a suitable debugger installed this wouldn't even be possible. This is a compatibility issue. MathCAD 2001i is not compatible with Windows 7. You could try running the application in compatibility mode, accessible from the programs properties in Windows Explorer. If that doesn't work you have a number of options.

1. Upgrade to a more recent and compatible version of MathCAD. This would be best.
2. If your edition of Windows 7 supports XP mode you could try that.
3. Install VirtualPC or VirtualBox and install XP on that. You can then install MathCAD in that emulated OS.


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February 15, 2011 at 08:44:18


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#3
February 20, 2011 at 10:14:39

It won't run in compatability mode but I was able to get it to run under a virtual PC xp environment. This leads me to speculate that some type of security system is installed on the 2001I program.

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#4
February 28, 2011 at 11:41:53

Many commercial applications will attempt to detect if they are running under a debugger and abort if this is detected. This is a security measure. However this detection is not foolproof and can be mislead, particularly if it is being run under a very different environment than it was designed for, such as newer 64 bit OS.

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