Solved how can i install a x32 software on x64 system

July 28, 2012 at 00:41:32
Specs: Windows 7
I am trying to reinstall a program that is no longer supported by the originator and there are no new updates. It was running on a Dell 690 x64 system that was modified to run Vista 32. I have upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate x64. The program is called VacTrac 4.0 and is an immunization tracking program. It's basically an access program with skin to make it user friendly. It installs fine. But, then when you go to open it, an immediate pop-up opens that says Bad File Name or Number.

Does anyone have any workaround or idea as to how i can get this to work? I tried changing the compatibility settings, but the same thing happened each time.


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#1
July 28, 2012 at 05:30:53
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Generally 32bit programs install and run fin on 64bit systems. 32bit programs that use an older 16bit installer will fail since 16bit is no longer supported. Access should be no problem, but the problem may be in the 'skin' or program that access' the data. You may find that within the programs folder directly and try compatibility on any .exe that you find there and see if that helps. If not then you may need to install a virtual XP machine and install it under that.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
July 28, 2012 at 10:13:33
I'd use compatibility mode to both use the installer and to run the application.

If that failed I'd get a virtual machine software and load up a copy of windows xp.

If that even failed I'd create a P2V image of the working system and run it.

If that failed I get some new program.

Google is evil


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#3
July 28, 2012 at 11:29:29
Sorry - don't mean to sound dumb - but, what is a P2V image?

How do I use the installer in compatability mode? I think that is the problem and I don't know how to do that. The installer works fine - it is he old style - green screen and loads it perfectly - but, the problem is running it.


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#4
July 28, 2012 at 12:29:53
Use help and support pages for compatibility mode or see microsoft web help.

Not all programs run exactly.

P2V is physical to virtual. It is a way to convert a complete system to a virtual machine.

Google is evil


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#5
July 28, 2012 at 15:51:43
As to the other part, You right click on the installer, choose properties tab, and select Compatibility with XP. Then do the same with the program's actual icon (not the desktop shortcut but the one in C drive, Programs(x86), etc. and look for the one(s) with the description "Application" in the second column.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
August 4, 2012 at 04:21:05
Get virtual software, install your old 32-bit OS, and run the 32-bit program in that. These days, this is so simple you should'nt bother trying differentlty. In the old days, you would need an old computer, now you don't even need that anymore.

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