|I am running Windows 7 64bit and more than half of the programs I have on my systems are 32bit programs. YES, 32bit programs DO work on 64bit Windows 7. The problem you are probably having is that MANY of the OLDER 32bit programs (especially those from Windows 95 era and before) came with 16bit installers for the 32bit programs. THESE 16bit installer are the main problem here, not 32bit programs in general. |
With programs like these, it is generally better to replace them with newer versions of the same or similar programs, but when that is not possible, or too expensive, you have two options. First try right clicking on the installer and selecting properties, and then the compatibility tab, then select "Windows 95 or 98" from the drop down, and then try again to install it. If this fails, you still have the option of installing a virtual machine and installing an old copy of Windows 98 or XP within the virtual machine, and then installing the program(s) in there. (Google for the info, of begin your own post and include the names and age of these programs you are having trouble with)
You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.