Solved installing 32-bit programs in Win 7 64-bit

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February 14, 2010 at 05:47:28
Specs: Windows 7
I've read that a 32 bit program can be run on W7 64 bit, but when I try to install the 32 bit program, it tells me it cannot be installed. I've seen where I can make the Win7 act like it is an older version so I can make it run, but how do I install it?

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February 14, 2010 at 06:09:35
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Windows 7 64bit does run programs that will run on windows 7 32bit, BUT not ALL 32bit programs will run on Windows 7!!! There are many programs that will run on Windows XP and before that will not run on Windows 7. IF you had Windows 7 Pro version (or upgrade) there is a program you can download from Microsoft that will simulate an XP environment to allow programs to run that otherwise will not. I BELIEVE that this will not include ALL programs as windows 7 security settings will not probably allow some memory control for the programs that XP allowed.
I would suggest that you first look into a newer version of the program you want to run. This feature was made due to the fact that some business programs (especially custom and customized ones) cost businesses thousands of dollars and would not be able to transition over to windows 7 for years otherwise. You have to consider that a newer version of your program might not be that much more expensive than upgrading to pro, and with the newer version, usually comes newer features.

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February 14, 2010 at 08:12:27
Thanks for your response. My problem is that the vendor that sold the program is not in business anymore. I can purchase other programs that do just as much but I would loose my data base of almost 9,000 entries. Presently I am still using my XP Pro on my old computer just for this program. I will try the Ms site to see if that program will work on my version of 7. It would take me months to copy each file, so it would be worth a lot to me to get it working in this puter. thanks again, and if you can think of anything else it would be appreciated.

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February 14, 2010 at 10:20:19
You may try to test it with a few clean windows 7 systems. Even if they are virtual machines built for a few days.

Try installing it a few ways. One is just to let it try to install and work.Second is use "compatibility modes".

Lastly you may have to install a virtual xp system or earlier to get it to work. A newer computer with a VM is really a good solution anyway if you have a legal copy of xp or prior.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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February 14, 2010 at 11:59:35
You may want to include the name of the application, someone using the same app may be able to share with you their workaround.

For now though, try the -- Windows XP -- compatibility mode installation suggestion from jefro & post back. Unfortunately, software publishers fold up every now & then, leaving their customers in limbo. What you need to do is to start looking at a viable alternative because sooner rather than later you will be forced to dump the program.

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February 14, 2010 at 18:01:03
Also look into if your program has an EXPORT feature. Some databases do, but they may be limited in formats available. It may allow a data export to say Excel or a standard database format and many new programs might have a similar import feature. Look into what format your program saves it's data and compare that to other programs.
Also ASK potential software vendors if the can import directly from the program you will be migrating from, they may be very helpful BEFORE you actually purchase AND they may have a 30day trial period so you can actually try it before you buy it.
Good Luck.

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February 18, 2010 at 13:00:54
Hello phantom409,

Windows 7 Compatibility: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibilty.)
There is a pulldown from which you can choose "hardware" and "software".

Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum specifically for IT Pros located here . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to also check the threads available there for additional assistance and feedback.

Thanks again,

John M
Microsoft Windows Client Team

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